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Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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Learn all about American poets and poetry.

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Educational Value

Kids can explore a vast bank of contemporary and classic poetry, from Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" to poet laureate Kay Ryan's "Patience." They're able to view poems online, as well as hear recordings of many poems by their original authors. Poetry demands analysis, and teens can definitely look deeply into these texts to define what the writer's words mean to them. In the teen portal, they'll browse through "Poems Teens Like," writing exercises, and have a space to share their own work and get feedback from peers. Overall, Poets.org is a great, if slightly serious, place for young poetry lovers to explore and gather inspiration.

Positive Messages

Some poems have mature themes.


Some poems have mature themes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that some of the poems include rough language and adult situations, so be sure to preview the content for younger readers first. The site includes reasonable links, such as Amazon.com, where the books and recordings may be purchased.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byScrewball1999 August 11, 2013

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Very awesome! Suitable for 13 year olds or older people.

What's it about?

This site, presented by the Academy of American Poets, showcases not only poets but their poems as well. You'll find biographies and photos of more than 450 American poets, past and present. Each has a selected bibliography of publications, the complete text of a handful of representative poems, and sometimes, a link to an audio recording of the poet reading his own work.

Is it any good?

Poems were meant to be heard as well as read, and this site gives you that opportunity. Visit the online archive and hear more than 500 poems read by their authors. And teachers will appreciate the online Poetry Classroom section, with its lesson plans and links to local and state teaching standards for language arts. Parents should head for "Serious Play: Reading Poetry with Children" for ideas and suggested books and Web sites.

Looking for an appropriate poem for a graduation, wedding, or funeral? The "Poems for All Occasions" section of the National Poetry Almanac will point the way to suggested works. Careful: there's one section on "Poems of Passion and Sex" that is suitable only for mature audiences.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different types of poetry and the forms they like best. Do you prefer poems that tell a story? Must a poem rhyme? What about free verse?

  • Parents can encourage their kids to express themselves by writing their own poetry.

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