You can use most of our website without any need to register. All the poem selections and ways of interacting with those are freely available, the resources in the Learning Zone, and lots of information about the Poetry By Heart competition including the competition guides. But if you want to take part in the Poetry By Heart competition or use the Teaching Zone resources, you'll need to register. This is because we need to know who you are and how we can talk to you, and where to send your competition resource pack if you are eligible to take part in the competition.
Registration takes a minute or two. We only collect the information we need to run the competition and we will not give it to anyone else without your express permission.
Poetry By Heart is an inspiring competition for students in schools and colleges to learn and to recite poems by heart. Not in an arm-waving, props-supported thespian extravaganza, but as the outward and audible manifestation of an inwardly-understood and enjoyed poem.
Poems to enjoy together and fun ways of sharing them out loud and by heart. Sign up and we'll send you an email once a week in term time with a link to a poem to share and an activity to try with it.
Choose a poem. Learn it by heart. Get ready to share it aloud on National Poetry Day.
A great way to learn about a poem is to have a go at creating a poem poster. Here are some examples and ideas to get started.
How many poems, or lines from poems, can you find being recited in movies or TV shows?
Learn a poem by heart together using repetition and picture prompts. With thanks to the children at Addenbrooke's Hospital who tried this out on National Poetry Day 2019.
Exploring curious, quirky and intriguing vocabulary with the Oxford English Dictionary, a treasure trove of words.
A video walk-through guide to all the features of the Sonnets Showcase, student recitations and links to other great resources to explore.
The CLPE Poetry site holds an extensive bank of poems, videos of poet performances, interviews with poets and poetry research to highlight the power of poetry.
Links to some of the wide range of poetry programmes and podcasts to be listened to for free.