10 Poems in 10 Lines or Less for National Poetry Month

Poetry can be a tough sell to kids and adults alike. But it doesn’t have to be! By exploring the power and emotion conveyed in just a few lines of poetry, you’ll get kids thinking critically about all sorts of topics. Short poems are the perfect way to warm up a class or to get a dinner conversation going. Read on for 10 poems that pack a whole lot of meaning in 10 lines or less!

1. “Fog” by Carl Sandburg

2. “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams

3. “i shall imagine life” by e.e. cummings

4. “The Sun Sets in Molten Gold” by Li Ching Chao

5. “First Fig” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

6. “A House of Cards” by Christina Rossetti

7. “Parting” by Emily Dickinson

8. “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost

9. “XIV” from The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda

10. “Risk” by Anaïs Nin

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