The Poetry Place

The aim of the Poetry Place is to help with the teaching, understanding and enjoyment of poetry. 

By the way, what IS poetry?
Is it anything that isn't prose?

See: Thoughts masquerading as poems ...



Contains a growing number of resources for GCSE as well as help with A level poetry and creative ideas for KS3 (and KS2)

Lots of resources on poems and poets requested by YOU and some general hints, tips and techniques.


Writer at work. Drop in to see what he’s up to at the moment and you can take a look at previous blogs on topics as varied as villanelles to poems in the style of ... Duffy, Armitage, Heaney etc.

The aim is to help you help your students by trying to make the writing process more transparent.

A place to share your poems and students’ poems. Our Poetry Doctor and Verse Nurse will help out with advice and comments.

Send your pupils’ poetry, please - to Teachit and they will send them on to me.


FAQs and FEGs (frequently expressed gripes). How to react when students just ‘don’t get it’? How important are terms like ‘enjambment’? Is it really important to distinguish between similes and metaphors? And so on...

What is poetry? Why do people write it? What do poets say about poetry? All here. New discoveries added from time to time..

Different ways of approaching poems, including ‘immersed poems’, found poems and hidden words.


Visit my publications page for a list of my poetry collections and some tips on where you can buy them.




Archived blogs

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  How to...

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Sonnets

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Topics and themes

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Parodies and homages

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Different types of poem


  • Poetry Archive

  • The Poetry Zone

  • Poetry by Heart

  • Forward Poetry

  • British Library

  • Poetryclass

  • The Poetry Society

  • Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

  • Tower Poetry

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