Fun with Words: Poetry

General Poetry Resources Poetry Resources
Help with writing poems, sample poems, and more.

Fern's Poetry Club at
Sample poems, tips and guides, and more.
Sample poems, rhyming dictionary, guides to help with writing a poem, and more.

Rhyme Zone Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus

Write Express Rhyming Dictionary


Acrostic Poem Writer
Takes you through step by step to help you create an acrostic poem. Neat!

How to Write an Acrostic Poem

Sample Acrostics


Couplets at

Poems at the right that kind of have couplets in them (look carefully!):

  • "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
  • "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" 
  • "Sympathy"
  • "Woman Work" 


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Limericks at

How to Write a Limerick

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Sample of a "Limerick Chain"

Free Verse

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Poems at the right that are written in free verse:

  • "A Song of Greatness"
  • poems by Langston Hughes


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Poems to Know

Shel Silverstein's Web Site

Jack Prelutsky's Web Site

All the World's a Stage (William Shakespeare)

Apostrophe to the Ocean (George Gordon Byron)

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (William Wordsworth)

If (Rudyard Kipling)

Mother to Son (Langston Hughes)

Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing (James Weldon Johnson)

A Narrow Fellow in the Grass (Emily Dickinson)

A Psalm of Life (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

The Raven (Edgar Allen Poe)

A Song of Greatness (a Chippewa song)
Poem is on the right side, about half way down. (Translated by Mary Austin.)

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Robert Frost)

Sympathy (Paul Laurence Dunbar)

There Is No Frigate Like a Book (Emily Dickinson)

The Walloping Window-blind (Charles E. Carryl)

Woman Work (Maya Angelou)

Life Is Fine (Langston Hughes)

The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost)

I Like to See It Lap the Miles (Emily Dickinson)

Father William (Lewis Carroll)

Caged Bird (Maya Angelou)

Harlem (Langston Hughes)

The Negro Speaks of Rivers (Langston Hughes)