Poets "R"
Lesson plans and teaching resources

"The Lie" by Sir Walter Raleigh
Text of the poem and commentary. Click on the link at the bottom for an audiofile of poet Robert Pinsky reading the poem.

"The Wind" by James Reeves
"The goal of this exemplar is to teach young students to read closely and critically in order to comprehend complex literary text. In this lesson sequence, the teacher uses a variety of strategies to actively engage students in searching for meaning in the figurative language and rich vocabulary of a poem. Students learn to test inferences against specific details of the text, to take three dimensional 'notes' and to use those notes to more deeply understand the meaning of the poem. Discussion and a short writing exercise help students to synthesize what they have learned." Designed for K-2. Word processor required for access.

Donald Revell
Follow links to biography, critical commentary, and links to 38 poems.

"The Northeast Corridor" by Donald Revell
Text of the poem, discussion questions, writing prompts, and analysis.

"Planetarium" by Adrienne Rich
24 words presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, more.

"What Kind of Times are These" by Adrienne Rich
In this short video, the poet reads her poem. Scroll down for analysis and discussion questions.

Alberto Ríos
Biography, links to criticism and to the text of 5 poems.

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Resources for teaching "Richard Cory," "Miniver Cheevy," and other poems.

Mary Robinson
Discussion questions for "London's Summer Morning," "January, 1795," "The Poor Singing Dame," "The Haunted Beach," and "To the Poet, Coleridge."

Theodore Roethke
Lesson plans and links for "My Papa's Waltz" and other poems.

Christina Rossetti: An Overview
Biography, e-texts, criticism and commentary.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Overview
Biography, e-texts, criticism and commentary.

The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Links to texts and criticism. This online archive is part of a series from the University of Virginia.

Rossetti Archive
An extensive collection of poetry, prose, and art.

"Turtle" by Kay Ryan
The poet reads her poem. Scroll down for analysis, discussion questions, and a link to the text of the poem. This video runs 1:08; it is downloadable and captioned.

Kay Ryan: Online Resources
A list of links to resources on Kay Ryan throughout the Library of Congress Web site and elsewhere on the Web.

Kay Ryan Opens the 2008 Literary Season
Kay Ryan reads her poetry during this 53-minute vidcast.