CLASSICAL POETRY FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Here is my list of undisputed, bona fide thoroughly English classical poets and no riff-raff.  Under each name you will find the titles of suitable poems for primary schools. They will be old hat for you, but remember it’s the first time for them.

You can tackle the following poets in KS1: Belloc, Blake, Carroll, Causley, Lear, Taylor.

Sorry there are so few women.  You could try Emily Dickinson, remembering that she’s American. Also consider Elizabeth Barrett Browning for the more able.

 

Hilaire Belloc

Any of the poems in Cautionary Tales

 

William Blake

Tyger, Tyger

The Lamb

A Poison Tree

 

Robert Browning

How they Brought the Good News from Aix to Ghent

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

 

Lewis Carroll

Jabberwocky

The Walrus and the Carpenter

He Thought he Saw

 

Charles Causley

Timothy Winters

I Saw a Jolly Hunter

What has happened to Lulu?

 

G.K.Chesterton

The Donkey

 

W.H.Davies

Leisure

 

Thomas Hood

I remember, I remember

The Song of the Shirt

 

John Keats

Meg Merrilees

 

Rudyard Kipling

If

A Dead Statesman

 

Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Pelican Chorus

The Jumblies

The Table and the Chair

 

Walter de la Mare

The Listeners

As Lucy went a-walking

The Scarecrow

 

John Masefield

Cargoes

Roadways

Sea Fever

 

Alfred Noyes

The Highwayman

 

Christina Rossetti

Jewels

Up-Hill

When I am Dead

A Diamond or a Coal?

A Linnet in a Gilded Cage

Goblin Market

 

Sir Walter Scott

Young Lochinvar

 

William Shakespeare

The Seven Ages of Man from As You Like it

When that I was from Twelfth Night

All the World’s a Stage

 

Robert Southey

The Inchcape Rock

Bishop Hatto

 

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Land of Counterpane

The Lamplighter

My Bed is like a Boat

 

Ann Taylor

My Mother

Meddlesome Matty

 

Lord Tennyson

The Lady of Shallot

The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Eagle

Crossing the Bar

 

William Wordsworth

The Daffodils

She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways

My Heart Leaps Up