Poems for Boys

Here are a few that I used this fall in a poetry class with ages from 7 to 13. I started with some fun ones:
 
 
 At the Garden Gate by David McCord( they love this one on page 6)
( search through this and you can see other poems)
 
Godfrey Gordon Gustav Gore by William Brightly Rand
 
The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson
 
Sing- Song Poems by Christina Rossetti ( all written to teach children, short and fun)
 
Do tell some life stories from the poets and broaden the number of poems with each poet so they
build a relationship with them.
 
Bonnie
 
Plus there a few Billy Collins poems that are funny to read.
His new book Ballistics has some I read to my students.
 
 I just discovered Mary Oliver and found myself being fed deeply by several.
 
Bonnie
 
  Introduction To Poetry
 
 
 
I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

Billy Collins

 
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2 thoughts on “Poems for Boys

  1. Plus there a few Billy Collins poems that are funny to read.
    His new book Ballistics has some I read to my students.

    I just discovered Mary Oliver and found myself being fed deeply by several.

    Bonnie

    Introduction To Poetry

    I ask them to take a poem
    and hold it up to the light
    like a color slide

    or press an ear against its hive.

    I say drop a mouse into a poem
    and watch him probe his way out,

    or walk inside the poem’s room
    and feel the walls for a light switch.

    I want them to waterski
    across the surface of a poem
    waving at the author’s name on the shore.

    But all they want to do
    is tie the poem to a chair with rope
    and torture a confession out of it.

    They begin beating it with a hose
    to find out what it really means.

    Billy Collins

    ~Bonnie

  2. As a poetry lover myself, I’d suggest exposing your boys to some contemporary poets who write for adults, also. Mary Oliver has beautiful nature poems that have a wild side and are accessible for all ages. “A Blessing” by James Wright is another favorite of mine. I’ve read these poems in poetry workshops with children and have had fantastic responses. I agree that you can’t go wrong with Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Frost. If you find something that really moves you, it will most likely touch your boys.

    Ann C.

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