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Poetry Writing Resources

Explore our resources for instruction and inspiration for your poetry writing. More advanced titles can be found at the bottom of the list.

Photographs and text introduce techniques and tips for writing poetry inspired by pictures and images, discussing word choices, and examining layout, metaphores, and related topics.

Katie and her friends explore writing different kinds of poetry about themselves and their surroundings.

Offers guidance on writing stories, poems, drama, and nonfiction and includes profiles of famous writers, writing exercises, and tips from experts.

Introduces and defines essential elements of writing poetry accompanied by compelling writing prompts for practicing new skills. Real-life author bios and excerpts enhance skills and understanding.

Penguin pocket rhyming dictionary by Rosalind Fergusson
Poetry for dummies by John Timpane
The hatred of poetry by Ben Lerner

The novelist and poet Ben Lerner argues that our hatred of poetry is ultimately a sign of its nagging relevance.