Poem Selection and Catalog


POEM SELECTION (2018-2019)

There are over 900 contemporary and classical poems in the Poetry Out Loud anthology for students to chose from.  All competing students need to memorize 3 poems that are found in the Poetry Out Loud online anthology. ONLY poems listed in the online anthology or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2017-2018 competition.

Complete rules are outlined in the Teacher’s Guide, but include the following guidelines are for students competing in regional, state and national contests:

-One of the three poems must be written before the 20th century.
One must be 25 lines or shorter.
One poem may satisfy both criteria.


Nervous about reciting? Unsure of where to start? Don’t be—everything you need to help you perform a successful recitation is right here.

 Choosing the Right Poem

Tips for Great Recitations (Scoring Criteria)

Listen to Poetry

Videos from Previous POL Competitions

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