Poetry Reading Passages

Poetry is a written piece that emphasizes ideas or feelings. It often uses imagery, emotion, figurative language, rhythm, and rhyme. Some poems, like a sonnet or haiku, have a prescribed form. Others, such as free verse, have no specific format.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Macabre, dark, foreboding; these adjectives are often used to describe the works of Edgar Allan Poe. While this is true of many of his more notable works, like "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher," Poe wrote other less ominous poems and stories as well. This Reading Set included passages for many of Poe's most famous works, as well as some lesser-known treasures.

Reading Set: 5 Passages

A Visit From St. Nicholas

by Clement C. Moore

While this beloved Christmas poem was published anon...

553 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Figurative Language

The Courtship of Miles Standish

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In 1858, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem “...

312 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, and Figurative Language

Annabel Lee

by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe wrote “Annabel Lee” in 1849. It was ...

333 Words, 6th-9th Grades, 800L - 990L, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Rhythm & Rhyme

The Raven: Opening Stanzas

by Edgar Allan Poe

This passage is the opening stanzas of Edgar Allan P...

149 Words, 6th-9th Grades, 1200L +, Context Clues

If

by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” was published in 1910. I...

297 Words, 5th-8th Grades, 1200L +, Figurative Language

Macbeth and the Death of Lady Macbeth

by William Shakespeare from Macbeth

Act V, Scene 5 passage: This passage is a speech fro...

189 Words, 10th-12th Grades, 800L - 990L, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea, and Theme

Fit the First. THE LANDING

by Lewis Carroll from The Hunting of the Snark

The Hunting of the Snark is a nonsense poem by Lewis...

516 Words, 4th-5th Grades, 800L - 990L, Character Traits and Summary

Paul Revere’s Ride

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his poem “Paul Reve...

575 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, 1200L +, Story Elements

Casey at the Bat

by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

Ernest Lawrence Thayer wrote “Casey at the Bat” in 1...

604 Words, 4th-6th Grades, 1000L - 1190L, Context Clues and Figurative Language