The Poetry Place


The aim of the Poetry Place is to help with the teaching, understanding and enjoyment of poetry. 

By the way, what IS poetry?
Is it anything that isn't prose?

See: Thoughts masquerading as poems ...


The POETRY MANIFESTO at NATE CONFERENCE 2016 - theory into practice

A workshop session with Trevor Millum, Linda Woodley and Kate Clanchy

Thanks to everyone who came to the session or otherwise supported creative poetry at NATE!



WHY this Manifesto?

We believe that poetry

  • often suffers from neglect at KS3
  • is often encountered in one or two discrete units
  • ceases to be part of pupils' ongoing experience

The result is

  • many pupils are out of practice and out of sympathy with poetry when it comes to KS4
  • pupils often see poetry as more difficult than it is
  • many pupils - and teachers - lack confidence when faced with poetry at KS4

There is a need to build confidence and expertise in both students and teachers

  • through engaging, entertaining and demanding poetry activities
  • which invlove both reading and writing poetry
  • as part of ongoing English teaching throughout all terms of the Key Stage.

The full Manifesto - including lots of practical advice - will be published in the autumn edition of Teaching English from NATE and will be available as a downloadable PDF. For more information or to join the debate contact

What you can find in the Poetry Place:


NEW - a growing number of resources for the new GCSE specs

PLUS - the new Poetry Specifications, a personal response.

The workshop has heaps of resources, including:

Help with A level poetry
Helpful approaches to GCSE poetry Creative ideas for KS3 (and KS2)
Lots of resources on poems and poets requested by YOU


Writer at work. Drop in to see what he’s up to at the moment and you can take a look at previous blogs on topics as varied as villanelles to poems in the style of ... Duffy, Armitage, Heaney etc.

The aim is to help you help your students by trying to make the writing process more transparent.

A place to share your poems and students’ poems. Our Poetry Doctor and Verse Nurse will help out with advice and comments.

Send your pupils’ poetry, please - to


FAQs and FEGs (frequently expressed gripes). How to react when students just ‘don’t get it’? How important are terms like ‘enjambment’? Is it really important to distinguish between similes and metaphors? And so on...

What is poetry? Why do people write it? What do poets say about poetry? All here. New discoveries added regularly.

Different ways of approaching poems, including ‘immersed poems’, found poems and hidden words.


Visit my publications page for a list of my poetry collections and some tips on where you can buy them.




Archived blogs

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Parodies and homages

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Topics and themes

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  How to...

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Sonnets

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Different types of poem


  • Poetry Archive
  • Poetry by Heart
  • Forward Poetry
  • British Library
  • Poetryclass
  • National Poetry Day
  • The Poetry Society
  • Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
  • Tower Poetry
  • English Teaching Online - the one with all the poetry
  • Teachit editors' favourite poetry resources
  • Poetry Shuffle Teachit KS3 Interactive Pack
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