35 Of Our Favorite 6th Grade Poems


Poetry has a unique way of speaking to our hearts and souls, which is why it remains a timeless art form. For sixth graders, reading and reciting poetry can broaden their horizons and help them develop a love for literature. Here, we have compiled a list of 35 of our favorite poems that are perfect for 6th graders to explore.

1. “If” by Rudyard Kipling

2. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

3. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

4. “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

5. “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll

6. “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

7. “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes

8. “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” by Emily Dickinson

9. “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou

10. “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

11. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein

12. “The Tyger” by William Blake

13. “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman

14. “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

15. “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” (Sonnet 18) by William Shakespeare

16. “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

17. “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes

18. “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

19. “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)” by William Wordsworth

20. “Grassy Grass Grass” by Ken Nesbitt

21. “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

22. “Fog” by Carl Sandburg

23. “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf” by Roald Dahl

24. “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out” by Shel Silverstein

25. “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear

26. “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost

27. “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer

28. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

29. “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost

30. “To a Mouse, On Turning her up in her Nest with the Plough, November 1785.” by Robert Burns

31. “A Bird Came Down the Walk” by Emily Dickinson

32. “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

33. “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

34. “Dreams” by Langston Hughes

35. “When You are Old” by William Butler Yeats


These poems, full of enchanting language, powerful emotions, and timeless messages, can spark a love for poetry in young adults and help them better understand the world around them. By reading and discussing these poems, 6th-grade students will not only expand their vocabulary and critical thinking skills but also begin to develop their own unique voice and style in writing.

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