The Response Poem

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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