10 Poems in 10 Lines or Less for National Poetry Month

April 5, 2016


At Home, In the Classroom

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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All Comments (7)

Nancy Goyal April 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Some routes, some paths, I wander apart;
But just in my mind, so waste of time
A mime and a thought. ..

A soul so sacred Still marked
With many sins still it grins…


Anna April 20, 2016 at 8:48 am

i Love Robert Frost. He is my favorite poet!


dylan April 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

this Is cool


Nasir Cohen April 26, 2016 at 7:16 am

I like Risk by Anais Nin. It really is good poetry and cool. Plus, I love flowers


Jerry April 8, 2019 at 5:39 am

Can someone make up a 10 line poem


The IXL Team April 8, 2019 at 2:09 pm

Yes, of course! Feel free to make up your own!


Cool Ayden August 14, 2019 at 1:38 am

I liked the card one.


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