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 ...


       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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