32 National Poetry Month Lesson Plans

I'm not sure when National Poetry Month became a thing, but it is. And I'm glad. If you feel April is a great time for teaching poetry and you need some poetry lesson plans or poetry teaching ideas, you are in the right … [Read more...]

Teaching Edgar Allan Poe Poems: A 4-Step Lesson Plan for Annabel Lee

For the most wild, yet most homely blog post which I am about to type, I neither expect nor solicit belief. Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not --and … [Read more...]

Poems for Valentine’s Day

Here's a lesson plan: Examples of Figurative Language in PoetryThere are few things more annoying for a high school teacher than the silliness of Valentine's Day. I'm referring to the constant interruptions of love-grams, … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Love Poems and Lesson Plans

I will now list the three most annoying days of the school year:1. The first day 2. September 3. Valentine's DayUnfortunately, Valentine's day falls on a Thursday this year, which gives students 4 days to to send … [Read more...]

John Keats’ “Bright Star” Analysis and an Analysis of “To Solitude”

Try an analysis of poems by John Keats to impress your coworkers and classmates at your next Friday night poetry party. Or I guess you could use it to make everyone in your English literature class think you're romantic and … [Read more...]

John Keats’ Poetry: “Ode to a Nightingale” Analysis and “Ode on Melancholy” Analysis

Analysis of John Keats' OdesUse these John Keats poem interpretations for your next poetry discussion party. You'll find details on two of his most famous odes, "Ode on Melancholy" and "Ode to a Nightingale." If … [Read more...]

Analysis of “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” by John Keats

You probably meant to take your own notes on "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" but you thought that would ruin the experience. Searching for my notes online, however, didn't detract at all from reading one of John … [Read more...]

“La Belle Dame Sans Merci” Analysis

What good did five years of French do me? Well, read this analysis of John Keats' "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" and see if it was worth anything.If you would like step-by-step instructions on how to do a poetry analysis, … [Read more...]

Emily Dickinson’s Love Poems: An Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s Poems about Love

I love football, chainsaws, boxing, dogs, and wrestling. I am, in short, a man's man. That doesn't mean, however, that I don't read and appreciate love poems by Emily Dickinson.Although there is no one meaning for most … [Read more...]

Poems with Figurative Language

I could have chosen just about any poem for my poems with figurative language page. I chose these because they turn up in literature anthologies and I like them.Here’s a handout you can use if you decide to teach poems … [Read more...]