Poetry & Poets, Q-T

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The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Amaru Shakur
E-Notes Lesson Plan

A thorough unit plan, including activities, quizzes, and tests as well as the complete eNotes.





Identifying Irony and Theme in Poetry
This lesson uses "Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall to address irony, theme, and historical significance of a narrative poem. It includes a link to the text of the poem. Adobe Reader required for access.

"The Lie" by Sir Walter Raleigh
Text of the poem and commentary. Click on the link at the bottom for an audiofile of poet Robert Pinsky reading the poem.

Donald Revell
Follow links to biography, critical commentary, and links to 38 poems.

"Planetarium" by Adrienne Rich
24 words presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, more.

"What Kind of Times are These" by Adrienne Rich
In this short video, the poet reads her poem. Scroll down for analysis and discussion questions.

Alberto Ríos
Biography, links to criticism and to the text of 5 poems.

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Resources for teaching "Richard Cory," "Miniver Cheevy," and other poems.

Mary Robinson
Discussion questions for "London's Summer Morning," "January, 1795," "The Poor Singing Dame," "The Haunted Beach," and "To the Poet, Coleridge."

Theodore Roethke
Lesson plans and links for "My Papa's Waltz" and other poems.

Christina Rossetti: An Overview
Biography, e-texts, criticism and commentary.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Overview
Biography, e-texts, criticism and commentary.

The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Links to texts and criticism. This online archive is part of a series from the University of Virginia.

Rossetti Archive
An extensive collection of poetry, prose, and art.

"Turtle" by Kay Ryan
The poet reads her poem. Scroll down for analysis, discussion questions, and a link to the text of the poem. This video runs 1:08; it is downloadable and captioned.

Kay Ryan: Online Resources
A list of links to resources on Kay Ryan throughout the Library of Congress Web site and elsewhere on the Web.

Kay Ryan Opens the 2008 Literary Season
Kay Ryan reads her poetry during this 53-minute vidcast.

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Carl Sandburg
Lesson plans and teaching resources.

Siegfried Sassoon Study Questions
Discussion questions for these poems: "They," "The Rear-Guard," "The General," "The Glory of Women," "Everyone Sang," "On Passing the New Menin Gate."

"The Blind Men and the Elephant"
Lesson plans for this traditional story, including versions in both poem and narrative form.

The Academy of American Poets — Anne Sexton
Biography, e-texts, related links.

"War Stories" by Harvey Shapiro
Introduction and text of the poem (WWII).

"Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Lesson plans and teaching resources.

"Stone" by Charles Simic
The poet reads his poem in this short downloadable video. Scroll down for discussion questions, analysis, and a link to the text of the poem.

Stevie Smith: "Not Waving but Drowning"
Annotated text, teaching tips, discussion questions, and writing ideas.

Gary Soto
Ideas for teaching poetry and prose.

Sonnet 75 ("One day I wrote her name upon the strand")by Edmund Spenser
Access to this audio file requires an MP3 player such as QuickTime.

William Stafford
Links to biography, poetry, and lessons.

"The house was just twinkling in the moon light" by Gertrude Stein
Text of the poem, writing ideas, discussion questions, and teaching tips.

"The Dancing" by Gerald Stern
In this short captioned video, the poet reads his poem. Scroll down to find background information and discussion questions.

Wallace Stevens
Lesson plans and teaching resources for "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and other poems.

Mark Strand
Biography, links to poems and interviews.

May Swenson: "Bleeding"
Critical commentary, links to other poems.

Poetry Pairing: "Identification" by Wislawa Szymborska
Text of the translated poem paired with a newspaper article on a related topic, the death of a polar bear at the New York Central Park Zoo.

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Rabindranath Tagore, Winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature
Scroll down to links added by visitors to the site, including biography, poetry, and commentary.

Rabindranath Tagore
Brief biography and links to 11 poems.

Rabindranath Tagore
Brief biography.

"The Cowboy" by James Tate
Text of the poem and critical commentary.

The Poems of Edward Taylor
15 poems, including "Huswifery."

Poems by Sara Teasdale
Links to texts of poems.

Poetry Pairing: "Loved Me Deep and Long"
This page includes the text of Sara Teasdale's poem "Debt" with an article about the wedding of a couple who met online.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Lesson plans, criticism, and teaching ideas for "The Lady of Shalott" and other poems.

"Casey at the Bat"
Students will draw similes from their descriptions of Casey to their own life experiences. This lesson is designed for 5th graders.

Hubris at the Bat
Students will read "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer (copy included) and discuss the idea of hubris and the role it can play in a person’s downfall. Students will write a poem modeled after Thayer’s rhyme and syllable pattern about a time when they (or someone they know displayed hubris and were taught a lesson.

Dylan Thomas
Lesson plans for prose and poetry.

Edward Thomas
Brief biography of this WWI poet and links to poetry.

Chidiock Tichborne: "Tichborne's Elegy"
Background, analysis, and suggestions for responding to the poem.

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