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Poems about teenage life can cover a wide range of topics, including lovefamily, school and friendship. These original poems capture being a teen. Whether you like writing or simply reading poetry, there are various ways teens can express themselves through the written word.
The adolescent years are turbulent and unsettled. Poems by teens can be so dark that it may be painful for others to read. Mood swings are common, relationships with parents, siblings and friends are full of ups and downs.
Poetry as a medium for popular reading has made a comeback in the last few years, thanks in no small part to the growth of Instagram and social media. Platforms have allowed independent creators to share their voices in new, novel ways and have reached new readers. Though this uptick in poetry consumption has been most obvious in adult readers, teen readers have been—and continue to be! Rather, these are strict collections of poetry, written by a single writer or a group of writers teaming up for an anthology.
Archival recordings of the poet Jane Kenyon, with an introduction to her life and work. This year's Lilly Prize winner discusses the intersection of poetry and music, as well as the women's rights and Indigenous rights movements that much her poetry is borne out of. And carried the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender to the Black Americans in the South so they would know they were not alone.
It can be hard to know which poems will spur your middle and high schoolers into deep, meaningful discussion and which will leave them, ahem, yawning. So we asked experienced teachers to share their favorites—the punch-in-the-gut poems that always get a reaction, even from teens. Lehman engages with popular culture and an irreverent tone.
Is poetry in danger of dying out? Not a chance. Poetry has stood the test of time, and remains one of the most powerful, evocative forms of communication.