The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”. Education is at the heart of what we do – from sharing free poetry lesson plans with teachers worldwide on our platform PoetryClass, to booking life-changing Poets in Schools visits. Schools members of The Poetry Society also benefit from poetry books, resources, posters, Poetry News and The Poetry Review (secondary only), as well as free access to our Poets in Schools service. We also profile a selection of Teacher Trailblazers every year, who share their tips and write lesson plans based on poems by young people.
The Poetry Society also supports budding young writers from across the world: we run the biggest international poetry competition for 11-17 year olds, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, and offer writers aged up to 25 free prompts, competitions and advice on our Young Poets Network.
“The Poetry Society is at the heart of poetry in education, nurturing the relationships between poets, pupils and teachers with care, vision and flair” Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate 2009-2019
“The Poetry Society is considered the gold standard when it comes to living poetry and this day is an example of why.” Teacher feedback following a Poets in Schools visit, 2015
Connect your school to the transformative power of poetry, including access to Poets in Schools, poetry posters and subscriptions to Poetry News and The Poetry Review