Poetry Worksheets

While many students moan over the study of poetry, few realize they listen to it often in the form of music lyrics. Poetry is rhythmic composition that uses imagery and rhythm to express feelings or thoughts. Poems don’t have to rhyme, although many do. Instead, the rhythm of the text is what distinguishes it from prose. The poetry worksheets below are free for you to use in a classroom or at home. The details are viewable by clicking the title.

Christmas Acrostic Poem Activity

See what your students come up with when you hand out this worksheet and have them write an acrostic poem about Christmas.

Write an Acrostic Poem

This acrostic poem worksheet will introduce your youngster to poetry!

Find the Rhyme Scheme

Ready for some rhyme scheme practice?

Haiku: Write Your Own!

This worksheet features the Japanese poetry style haiku.

Write Rhyming Couplets

Time for some poetic rhyming couplets!

Adding Alliteration to Poetry

Let’s add some alliteration to poetry! Students fill in the blanks to finish the poems.

Finding the Stresses in a Poem

In this exercise, students write the stressed and unstressed symbols above the beginning of the poem, The Walrus and the Carpenter.

Poetry Vocabulary Match

In this poetry vocabulary worksheet, students match each word in Column A with its meaning in Column B

Poetry: Foot and Line Flash Cards

In this activity, students will match the words with their meanings using flash cards.

Poetry: Stressed and Unstressed Syllables

Students write the stressed and unstressed symbols above the words listed. In the section exercise, students write the stressed and unstressed symbols above the words from the first lines of common nursery rhymes.

Rhyme Schemes: Frost and Millay

The rhyme scheme of a poem is determined by giving the last word or words a letter. In this activity, students write the rhyme scheme for each poem.

Irony in Poetry

Two poetry passages from classic literature are the focus of this irony worksheet.

Poetry and Poets: Robert Frost

Frost wrote vibrant poetry about nature and the rural life. Below is one of his poems from a collection published in 1916. Students read it carefully and answer the questions.