Poetry | Grades 6-12+

Grammar of Poetry

"We are people of the Word, therefore we should be people of words, and that means learning how poetry works." - Douglas Wilson

Grammar of Poetry


The Grammar of Poetry is a video course and textbook that teaches the mechanics of poetry by using the classical approach of imitation. It is designed for the 6-9th grade level, but is also appropriate for older children and adults seeking to achieve a better knowledge of how poetry works. Its goal is to teach your child to analyze not only poetry, but words and language in general. Just as an English course would teach a student the different parts of speech, so also the Grammar of Poetry teaches a student the building blocks of poetry, enabling the student to effectively engage in the language of poetry, in literature, and in non-literal language.

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This is the ideal introductory poetry course for students and teachers discovering the art of poetry. As a “grammar,” it teaches the fundamentals of poetry from scansion and rhyme to more advanced concepts like spatial poetry and synecdoche. Using the classical methodology of imitation (advocated by educators like Quintilian and Benjamin Franklin), this text makes students become active participants as they learn the craft of writing poems. It also offers practical tips and helps, including how to use a rhyming dictionary, how great writers use figures of speech effectively, and even when to break the rules of poetry. Its goal is to show students how to capably interact not just with poems, but with language in any situation.

Developed and used at Logos School with great success, the thirty lessons in Grammar of Poetry contain instruction on ten powerful tropes, student activities for every chapter, riddles to solve, a glossary of terms, a list of over 150 quality poems to integrate, and real-life examples from Shakespeare to traditional tongue twisters. It is designed for a semester at the 6-9th grade level, but is perfectly appropriate for anyone with basic writing skills and the desire to learn poetry.

The teacher, Matt Whitling, is the principal of Logos School (one of the first classical Christian schools to resurface in the United States), and the author of the best-selling Grammar of Poetry textbook. He and his wife Tora live in Moscow, Idaho and have seven children.

Video previews for the video course, Grammar of Poetry

Animated Introduction to the course:

Samples from various lessons:

Why Study Poetry?

Homeschooling with the Grammar of Poetry:


Table of Contents

Lesson 1 – Introduction & Epiphany Chart
Lesson 2 – How to Read Poetry
Module I:
Lesson 3 – Simile (trope)
Lesson 4 – Rhyme
Lesson 5 – Using a Rhyming Dictionary
Module II:
Lesson 6 – Metaphor (trope)
Lesson 7 – Part One Meter
Lesson 8 – Part Two Meter
Module III:
Lesson 9 – Pun (trope)
Lesson 10 – Iamb (foot)
Lesson 11 – Iambic Imitation
Module IV:
Lesson 12 – Personification (trope)
Lesson 13 – Trochee (trope)
Lesson 14 – Trochee Imitation
Module V:
Lesson 15 – Synecdoche (trope)
Lesson 16 – Anapest (foot)
Lesson 17 – Anapest (foot)

Module VI:
Lesson 18 – Hyperbole (trope)
Lesson 19 – Dactyl (foot)
Lesson 20 – Dactylic Imitation
Module VII:
Lesson 21 – Onomatopoeia (trope)
Lesson 22 – Alliteration
Lesson 23 – Alliteration Imitation
Module VIII:
Lesson 24 – Rhetorical Question (trope)
Lesson 25 – Refrain
Lesson 26 – Refrain Imitation
Module IX:
Lesson 27 – Oxymoron (trope)
Lesson 28 – Spacial Pcoetry
Lesson 29 – Spacial Imitation
Lesson 30 – Euphemism (trope)

Textbook and DVD share the same TOC

The student textbook is also the workbook. There are multiple exercises for every lesson which incorporate review from previous sections so that the student continues to build on what he has already learned. The textbook also has perforated pages allowing the student to remove exercise pages for easier writing.
Click HERE to see a PDF preview of the student Grammar of Poetry text.

The Teacher’s Edition contains a final exam, instructions on using the text and grading poetry, and ideas for additional assignments, as well as answers to the exercises found in the Student Edition.
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