Poetry Activities for National Poetry Month

Every year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month. 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry Month. This is a time to celebrate poets and their craft. It has become the largest literary celebration  in the world with various events being throughout the month by the Academy of American Poets, schools, publishers, book sellers, and other poetry organizations.

Poetry Activities for National Poetry Month from Starts At Eight

Learn About Famous Poets

A great way to celebrate National Poetry month is by having your student research a famous poet or poets. Just as we learn so much from simply reading books, there is a ton to be learned by reading poetry. So have your student pick a set number of poets, research their life and times, and then read multiple examples of their work.

You can also extend this activity by having your student memorize and recite a poetry example of their choice.

Some Famous Poets

  1. William Wordsworth
  2. Emily Dickinson
  3. William Shakespeare
  4. Maya Angelou
  5. Langston Hughes
  6. Robert Frost
  7. Walt Whitman
  8. Shel Silverstein
  9. Sylvia Plath
  10. E.E. Cummings
  11. Oscar Wilde
  12. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  13. Edgar Allen Poe
  14. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. John Keats
  16. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  17. Henry David Thoreau


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Types of Poetry

Learn about the different types of poetry.

Try writing a poem in one or more of these poetry styles.

  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Acrostic Poem (Check out these Thanksgiving and Christmas Acrostics with FREE Printables)
  • Cinquain Poem
  • “Shape” Poem
  • Free Verse
  • Haiku
  • Alliteration
  • Tongue Twisters

Check out Poetry 4 Kids where you can find out more about the different types of poetry, learn how to write them, and even get lesson plans for poetry writing.

Resources for Poetry Activities

High School Literature List ~ Authors of Poetry from Starts At Eight