. Introduction to Poetry Illuminating yet mysterious, exciting yet elegant: classical poetry never goes out of style. From the lyrics in people's favorite songs to Robert Frost's nature-themed poems to Basho's haiku to Shakespeare's sonnets to Li Bai's Tang Dynasty poems to Homer's epics, the rhythm is there, the rhyming is usually there too---this is the living and breathing culture of classical poetry. Writing classical poetry is surprisingly easy for beginners and students, as you will see below. The first step to really connecting with it, however, is for you to find a poem or poet, dead or living, who resonates with you: \t \tGreatest Poems (Poets of the Past) \tGreatest Love Poems (Poets of the Past) \tBest Poems of 2020 (Poets of the Present) \tPoems by High School Students (Poets of the Present) \tHaiku (Poets of the Present) \t31 Sonnets: Renaissance to New Millennial (Poets of Past and Present) \tHumorous Poems (Poets of the Present) \tPoems on Human Rights in China (Poets of the Present) . Classic Books Written in Poetry \t \tSir Gawain and the Green Knight \tMerchant of Venice (SCP Student Edition) . Poetry Teaching Tools \t \tLesson Plan: Teaching Poetry of the Romantic Period \tTeaching Historical Context: the British Raj and Kipling's "White Man's Burden" \tA Timeline of English Poetry \tNotable Quotes on Poetry . Start Writing Poetry Students of any age thrive when they have a well-structured environment with clear boundaries and common-sense rules on the one hand and opportunities for wide-open creative engagement on the other hand. Classical poetry, also known as formal poetry or traditional poetry, is perfect for this. That's why it was used as the cornerstone of education in past centuries, as well as in different cultures. It can be as simple as counting syllables in the line (like haiku writing) and, optionally, leads on to more challenging and fun techniques such as rhyming or alliteration. For the ambitious students, it could lead to the use of the English language's natural stresses to form metrical patterns, such as iambic pentameter, as well as more complex ones such as the one used in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven." Here are resources for introducing beginners or students of any age to classical poetry: \t \tIntroduction to writing classical poetry \tMore advanced use of meter You may also dive right into the specific poetry forms: . Haiku \t \tHow to write a Haiku \tHaiku written by contemporary poets Limericks \t \tHow to write a Limerick \tLimericks written by contemporary poets Pantoums \t \tHow to Write a Pantoum \tPantoums by contemporary poets Riddles \t \tRhyming riddles written by contemporary poets \tA Brief History of Riddles Rondeaus \t \tHow to write a Rondeau \tRondeaus written by contemporary poets Rondeau Redoublés \t \tRondeau Redoublé written by contemporary poets Rubaiyats (Persian form) \t \tHow to write a Rubaiyat Sestinas \t \tHow to write a Sestina \tSestinas written by contemporary poets Sonnets \t \tHow to write a Sonnet \tSonnets by contemporary poets Terza Rimas \t \tHow to write a Terza Rima \tTerza Rimas by contemporary poets Villanelles \t \tHow to write a Villanelle \tVillanelles by contemporary poets . Poetry Activity - High School Poetry Competition Participate in the Society of Classical Poets' annual International High School Poetry Competition. It is only $5 to enter and contains many examples of past winners. The annual contest usually begins Sept. 1 and ends Dec. 31. See a previous year's contest page here. . Deeper Dive into Poetry Writing \t \t“Freeware Prosody” by Expansive Poetry Online \t“The Hard Edges of a Poem” by Joseph S. Salemi \tThe Prosody Handbook: A Guide to Poetic Form by Robert Beum and Karl Shapiro \tWriting Metrical Poetry by William Baer \tHow to Write Classical Poetry by the Society of Classical Poets . .