The Grammar of Poetry: Student


Matt Whitling

Poetry is about much more than just coming up with rhymes at a moment's notice: poetry is a study of the craft of language.

Look Inside the Book

This is the ideal introductory text 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.

What People Are Saying:

"Grammar of Poetry is a masterpiece of enjoyable reading and enriching information." -Andrew Pudewa Director, Institute for Excellence in Writing


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"This is THE BEST grammar school poetry curriculum out there!!! Get it! You won't regret it!" -Mom

"I've never seen a course such as this offered, and I am very excited to have it in our curriculum line up this school year!" -Michelle

"We are learning so much with this video course on the imitation of writing. The art of poetry!" -Tricia

"In 23 years of homeschooling, I count the The Grammar of Poetry as a Home school Must Have, regardless of your pedagogy, kids abilities or appreciation of poetry." -Homeschooling Mom

"Grammar of Poetry is certainly not the only poetry class you will want for your children, but it is a wonderful introductory course. It is easy to teach, easy to learn, and fun to do. I know that now, when we read poetry, either just for enjoyment, or as a literature assignment, Emily will better understand the technical aspects of each poem and will be sure to notice how the tropes and meter affect the message and sound of the poems." -Debbie

Matt Whitling is the principal of Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, and the author of the best-selling Grammar of Poetry textbook. He is also a featured speaker at the Association of Classical Christian School's Annual Conference and a member of the New Saint Andrews College Board. He and his wife Tora live in Moscow, Idaho and have seven children.

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AUTHOR: Matt Whitling

PAGE COUNT: 184 pages

SIZE: 8.50x11"

BINDING: Paperback

ISBN-10: 1591281199

ISBN-13: 9781591281191

PUB. DATE: June 1, 2012


More resources for teaching The Grammar of Poetry

The Grammar of Poetry 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.

The Grammar of Poetry DVD features Matt Whitling going through all the lessons in the book and explaining the concepts. Filmed by Roman Roads.

The Grammar of Poetry Package includes the Student textbook, Teacher's Edition, and the DVD for over 20% off!

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Kari Hannon
Highly recommended

Currently using GoP for my fourth child. Simple to teach, excellent introduction to literary and poetical terms.