Pre-AP Poetry Resources

The following sites are good sources of poems to choose from for your weekend assignment (and the portfolio project that will be due in several weeks):

Poets.org has a huge catalog of poems. You can search based on subject, poet, form, occasion, region, and many other factors. They even have a section called “Poetry Teens Like” (I suppose it’s up to you to decide if you like it; I’m not sure though if it was chosen by teens who like the poems or adults who claim to know what poems teens will like… but it’s worth a shot).

All of Shakespeare’s sonnets are listed by number/first lines on this MIT-based website.

Poetry 180 is a very cool contemporary poetry collection assembled by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins.  This link is to the list of poems, but you can also go to the main site to read about the project.

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