Spotlight on the Poetry Foundation's Learning Lab--an excellent source of reference for students of poetry.
The Learning Lab takes as a point of departure something Robert Frost once wrote about poetry: "It begins in delight and ends in wisdom." The Lab encourages students to attend to individual poems with a focus that's rare on the internet--and at the same time provides instructors with a unique range of suplementary material useful in teaching poetry.
Below is a list of Poetry Out Loud poems that the Lab focuses on as core learning poems. Some of these core poems are annotated and come with guides for understanding, discussion questions and writing ideas.
It was not Death, for I stood up by Emily Dickinson
kitchenette building by Gwendolyn Brooks
La Belle Dame sans Merci by John Keats
Lunar Baedeker by Mina Loy
Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith
Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow by Robert Duncan
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Psalm by George Oppen
Skunk Hour by Robert Lowell
The Sun Rising by John Donne
Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden
To Autumn by John Keats
To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins
- Posted on 11.29.11