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Picking a Poem

With over 900 poems to choose from, finding the right one (or three), can be quite the daunting task. 

Below are some ways we've tried to help you in navigating the anthology:

--Looking for an old poem? A short poem

--Try our random poem feature. We just did and got "The Time I've Lost in Wooing" by Thomas Moore. 

--Here is a video with students talking about how and why they chose the poems they did. 

--Looking for a certain form of poetry? Maybe one with striking imagery or an ode? Try here.

--Watch some of our video perfomances and look up the poet of your favorite. See if you enjoy the style of their other poetry.

Above all, make sure the poem or poems you choose to memorize and recite resonate with you. True connection with the poem always shines through in performance. Also, it may be a part of your memory forever, so you should enjoy it. 


#NCTE15 Minneapolis

Going to the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Minneapolis this month? If so, make sure you stop by the Poetry Out Loud booth in the Exhibit Hall. We will be in booth 443 handing out free POL swag and answering any and all questions about the program. Also, please feel free to stop by and tell us how we're doing; we are always eager to hear your suggestions! 


Don't forget to use #NCTE15 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to keep up to date on the convention. 

Poetry Out Loud Booth 443

Minneapolis Minnesota Convention Center

Friday, November 20, 12-6 pm

Saturday, November 21, 9 am-5 pm

Sunday, November 22, 9 am-1 pm

Hope to see you in Minneapolis!!