This guest post was written by Ryan Tahmaseb and was originally posted on Edutopia.org on March 15, 2019.

In some ways, what you need to teach poetry well is a lot like what you need to write poetry well: You have to care a lot about your subject matter, and it’s important to foster conditions that inspire creativity. When these conditions are in place, teaching students to write poetry becomes much more fun, imaginative, and productive.