You can use most of our website without any need to register. All the poem selections and ways of interacting with those are freely available, the resources in the Learning Zone, and lots of information about the Poetry By Heart competition including the competition guides. But if you want to take part in the Poetry By Heart competition or use the Teaching Zone resources, you'll need to register. This is because we need to know who you are and how we can talk to you, and where to send your competition resource pack if you are eligible to take part in the competition.
Registration takes a minute or two. We only collect the information we need to run the competition and we will not give it to anyone else without your express permission.
Poetry By Heart is a national competition in which young people in key stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 choose poems they love, learn them by heart and perform them in a school or college competition.
Go time travelling in poetry with our red timeline anthology for everyone age 14+. Meet poets ‘face to face’ through their portraits. Enjoy some of the great poems of the past and present.
There are many more poems to explore in the green timeline anthology for everyone age 14+. Or explore the themed showcases – of Romantic poetry, First World War poetry or Shakespeare’s Sonnets. For a different way into the poems find the Random Poem button at the bottom of the homepage – click it and see what you find.
Watch the videos to find out about tools to help you choose poems to learn.