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Poetry in Action

Bring poetry to life with Poetry in Action, a new series which empowers your students to engage with poetry in exciting ways!

In addition to dynamic performances which lift key poems off the page, students can access e-learning videos and contextual resources to help them develop the skills they need to study any poem.

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Ozymandias Poetry recital

Engaging recitals

Delivered by professional actors, each poem is brought to life in these accessible video performances. As the performers speak, key lines appear on-screen to further strengthen the student’s connection to the text.

Ozymandias - Analysis

Expert insights

Give your students a masterclass in poetry analysis with our team of experts. Each video will guide your class through the sounds, meter, rhythm and images of the poem, drawing attention to literary techniques and posing relevant questions.

Poetry in Action written resources

Written resources

Support your teaching of key poems with flexible, ready-to-go written resources including exploring the poem’s context, themes, language and structure. You'll also get access to a written printout of each poem to share with your students.

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London by William Blake

London by William Blake – access your free recital video!

Bring William Blake's poem London to life with this accessible and engaging poetry recital delivered by a professional actor.

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Access performances and accompanying resources for key poems including:

  • Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Emily Dickinson
  • A Daily Joy to Be Alive by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • A Poem of Changgan by Li Bai
  • Black Stone on a White Stone (original and translation) by César Vallejo
  • Demeter's Prayer to Hades by Rita Dove
  • Freedom by Rabindranath Tagore
  • Leather and Naughahyde by Marilyn Dumont
  • The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi
  • America by Walt Whitman
  • Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
  • Lines Written at Castle Island, Lake Superior by Jane Johnston Schoolcraft
  • Mending Wall by Robert Frost
  • October Hills by John Rollin Ridge
  • Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks
  • The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • Yet Do I Marvel by Countee Cullen
  • I Am Offering This Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
  • My Mother's Kitchen by Choman Hardi
  • October Hills by John Rollin Ridge
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My personal favorites were the ones where there were two different readings [of the poem], and the students could see how the tone of the speaker,  facial expressions and the way they were read could completely change the poem. So I thought that was helpful for them. It brought the poems to life, and it gave our students a visual, [and] so to see it and hear it and hear different versions of it was just wonderful.

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Laura Sheridan, ELA Teacher,                                                  Meadowbrook Alternative Program


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