We have over a hundred poetry resources suitable for all ages on the Education Platform for you to unlock and use for National Poetry Day!
You can browse books your school owns on the Platform for the poems you want and then create a copy of a chosen poem to display in class or share via a VLE for students to access for homework in preparation for discussion on Thursday.

To help kick off ideas and spark inspiration, we’re sharing our top 12 unlocked poetry books!

Talking Turkeys

by Benjamin Zephaniah

The very first ground-breaking children’s poetry collection from street poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Playful, clever and provocative, this is performance poetry on the page at its very best.

Selected Poems: Rossetti

by Christina Rossetti

This new selection of Rossetti’s poems brings together works by one of the most significant nineteenth-century English poets. It includes an illuminating introduction, a chronology of Rossetti’s life and works, and explanatory notes.

Wicked World!

by Benjamin Zephaniah

A vibrant collection from the ground-breaking poet, Benjamin Zephaniah. His verse explores people and places, cultures, nationalities and tribes – a real tour of the world.

The Nation’s Favourite: Twentieth Century Poems

compiled by Griff Rhys Jones

This lovely book of poetry brings together over 100 of the most celebrated and cherished poems of the 20th century. Including poets as diverse as John Betjeman and Ted Hughes, Siegfried Sassoon and Allan Ahlberg, and subjects from all avenues of life.

The Odyssey

by Homer, edited by Dominic Rieu

The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature.

English Romantic Verse

by David Wright

English Romantic poetry from its beginnings and its flowering to the first signs of its decadence. Nearly all the famous piéces de résistance will be found here – ‘Intimations of Immortality’, ‘The Ancient Mariner’, ‘The Tyger’, excerpts from ‘Don Juan’ – as well as some less familiar poems.

Selected Poems of Sylvia Plath

by Sylvia Plath, edited by Ted Hughes

Sylvia Plath is one of the defining voices in twentieth-century poetry. This classic selection of her work, made by her former husband Ted Hughes, provides the perfect introduction to this most influential of poets.

The Poems of Wilfred Owen

by Wilfred Owen and Jon Stallworthy

This is the definitive single-volume edition of Wilfred Owen’s poems, whose death in battle a few days before the Armistice was the most disastrous loss to English letters since Keats.

Heard it in the Playground

by Allan Ahlberg

This illustrated collection of amusing poems and songs celebrating primary school life won the Signal Poetry Award in 1990. Meet Billy McBone and the Mad Professor’s Daughter, be amazed by the Longest Kiss Contest, shed a tear for the Boy Without a Name and – if you’re a stressed teacher – sing the Mrs Butler Blues.

Centrally Heated Knickers

by Michael Rosen and Harry Horse

Discover the wierd and wonderful world of martians, woolly saucepans and centrally heated knickers in 100 poems about science and technology from the delightfully irreverent, Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007 – 2009.

The Complete Poems

by John Keats

John Barnard’s acclaimed volume contains all the poems known to have been written by Keats, arranged by date of composition. The texts are lightly modernized and are complemented by extensive notes, a comprehensive introduction, an index of classical names, selected extracts from Keats’s letters and a number of pieces not widely available, including his annotations to Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Paradise Lost

by John Milton and John Leonard

In his epic poem Paradise Lost Milton conjured up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos ranging across huge tracts of space and time. And yet, in putting a charismatic Satan and naked Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the Fall of Man.