Poems For High School Students

10 Poems To Use With Students In Grades 9-12

These poems can be used by teachers as discussion pieces or texts to accompany writing projects for students in grades 9-12.

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  1. If

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too:

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    I was doing research in the library during my junior year ('75) in high school for an English paper when I first saw the poem "If" in a book of poems. It immediately struck me as a perfect...

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  2. Phenomenal Woman

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
    I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I'm telling lies.

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    I grew up with beautiful sisters, and I was the ugly duckling. To this day I feel their jealousy, and they will never give me respect. I walk proud, and people like me. I'm successful,...

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  4. Caged Bird

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    The free bird leaps
    on the back of the wind
    and floats downstream
    till the current ends

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    I remember this poem from my guided reading class in 5th grade. I remember it well. This poem really touched me, and reading it again just made my day. This poem, I remember it being about...

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  5. My Melody

    Love's First Words

    in Girlfriend Poems

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    Picture

    Amazing and beautiful,
    not a flower or a tree.
    Much prettier than that,
    and only I can see.

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    Beautiful poem. I love it. One of my favorite poems from Familyfriendspoems.com .

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  7. I Tried So Hard

    • By Whitney Barton
    • Published: December 2009

    in Heartbreak Poems

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    I tried so hard.
    I tried my best.
    I gave you my all,
    And now there's nothing left.

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    He was my first love We started dating while I was in high school. He was at university. We were so much in love, promising each other that we would be together forever. He taught me how to...

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  8. A Broken Family Tree

    Tradition Poem

    in Metaphor Poems

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    I am one of many
    Small branches of a broken tree,
    Always looking to the ones above
    For guidance, strength and security.

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    I was really moved by this poem. I have felt this way for many years when it comes to my mom and stepdad. In a crazy way, this poem gave me strength and motivation. I just want to thank you....

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  9. Choice

    in Famous Sad Love Poems

    I'd rather have the thought of you
    To hold against my heart,
    My spirit to be taught of you
    With west winds blowing,

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    I have never read anything by Angela Morgan, but this truly speaks to me right now.

  10. If Only

    • By Petra Sheane
    • Published: February 2015
    Poem About Hope For The World

    in ABC Poems

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    If Only...
    A prayer was held in our nation,
    Beauty was seen in more ways than one,
    Children who are lost could find their salvation,

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    Give quality time to your loved ones. Otherwise, you will lose them gradually.
    Relationships are very beautiful, especially those always giving unconditional love.

  11. Storm At Sea

    Poem About The Power Of Storms

    in Ocean Poems

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    CRASHING waves... SMASHING seas...
    Bringing sailors to their knees.
    As they struggle to save their lives,
    Hoping and praying help arrives.

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    This poem brought a tear to my eye and I love the way that the author has written this particular poem. It definitely is top in my book.

  12. My Papa's Waltz

    in Famous Family Poems

    The whiskey on your breath
    Could make a small boy dizzy;
    But I hung on like death:
    Such waltzing was not easy.

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