Poems to perform Out of copyright poems
Michael Rosen We hope that you and your pupils will enjoy writing new poems to perform and film - see the Poetry writing activities page in the Resources for teachers section for inspiration. The best source of out of copyright poems for pupils to perform is Project Gutenberg - the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks, on the internet.

Below you can find the following poetry books suitable for children:

Hilaire Belloc
Cautionary Tales for Children
The Bad Child’s Book of Beasts
More Beasts (For Worse Children)

William Blake
Songs of Innocence and Experience

Lewis Carroll
Phantasmagoria and Other Poems

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Kate Greenaway
Under the Window: Pictures and Rhymes for Children

Rudyard Kipling

Edward Lear
The Book of Nonsense
Nonsense Songs
The Owl and the Pussycat

Walter de la Mare
Peacock Pie, a Book of Rhymes
Songs of Childhood
The Listeners and Other Poems

The Golden Treasury

Robert Louis Stevenson
A Child’s Garden of Verses
It can also be fun to perform poems by other writers. The Perform-a-Poem Library is a unique collection of poems by some of the best contemporary poets in the UK, including Michael Rosen, Francesca Beard, Roger McGough and John Hegley. These poems have been generously donated to Perform-a-Poem with special permission for the poems to be performed by children in videos for this site only.
View a list of available poems

Important information about copyright
Please ensure that you only upload videos of pupils performing either:
original poems they have written themselves
  -- OR --
out of copyright poems
  -- OR --
poems from the Perform-a-Poem Library

If you upload videos of pupils performing any other poems, you may be infringing copyright laws and be liable to prosecution.