National Poetry Month Spotlight: Poetry in the Classroom

What first sparked your love of poetry? For many people, their poetic passions were inspired by the first poem they really studied in school. In honor of National Poetry Month, we’re shedding the spotlight on a few of the most famous poems that are commonly taught in the classroom. Do you recognize the following excerpts? Is one of them from the poem that first made you fall in love with poetry? Take our quiz to find out!

 Match These Famous Lines from Poetry Taught in the Classroom to Their Author

 The Poems Poetry in Classroom

1.)    “I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”


2.)    “I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life; and if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.”


3.)    “The art of losing isn’t hard to master;

Soo many things seem filled with the intent

To be lost that their loss is no disaster.”


4.)    “your slightest look easily will unclose me

though i have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens

(touching skillfully, mysteriously) her first rose”


5.)    “My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,

My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,

The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,

From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won.”


The Poets

A.)   e.e. cummings “somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond”

B.)    Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken”

C.)    Walt Whitman “O Captain! My Captain!”

D.)   Elizabeth Bishop “One Art”

E.)    Elizabeth Barrett Browning “How Do I Love Thee”

Let your favorite poem from your school days inspire you to write a piece of your own!

If you like what you write, consider submitting it to our poetry contest and show your work to the world!

Answer Key: 1B, 2E, 3D, 4A, 5C

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