This is frequently my students' favorite unit! I think this is because they have opportunities to write poetry in a series of relaxed and enjoyable lessons, as well as gain confidence in their close reading skills. Poetry, I feel strongly, ought to be analyzed and created in equal measure by our students. In this way, they taste the true power and joy afforded by this limitless medium. This unit has it. Terminology is defined, poetic forms are investigated, and students are encouraged and guided toward writing beautiful and meaningful poems that they will never forget.