The Response Poem

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Lesson Introduction: 

There is a long tradition in poetry of poets writing in response to work that has inspired them, borrowing a line from one poem to begin or end a new poem. In this way, poets may re-contextualize a particularly vivid verse while essentially having a conversation with poets they have never met, sometimes reaching across culture, language, and even centuries to connect with those whose work they admire.


Students in grades 9-12 can submit their response poems to our poetry journal, VOICES. Submission deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Learning Objectives: 

In this lesson, students will have opportunities to:

  • See how poems can inspire new poems.
  • Write a new poem that incorporates a favourite line from one of the poems the student has chosen to memorize.
Materials and Resources: 
To teach this lesson, you will need:
  • computers and Internet access to the Poetry in Voice online anthology
  • paper, pens


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Poetry In Voice is a charitable organization that encourages Canadian students to fall in love with poetry through reading, writing, and recitation. All of our resources are available online for free. You may also use our resources if you reside outside of Canada.