According to the Common Core standards, the poems "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost and "Who Has Seen the Wind" by Christina Rossetti are appropriate for third graders. The Common Core standards also recommend "The Jumblies" by Edward Lear and "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" by Robert Browning.
Frost's poem "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" describes a man pausing in his journey to contemplate the beauty of snow-covered woods at night. The poem has vivid imagery and a regular meter and rhyme scheme. It uses simple language, with mostly one or two-syllable words.
Rossetti's poem "Who Has Seen the Wind" is short, with only eight lines total. The poem asks whether anyone has seen the wind, then gives images of trembling leaves and trees bending in the wind as proof that the wind exists. The brevity of the poem and its use of simple words may make it easy for third-grade students to memorize and understand.
Edward Lear's "The Jumblies" and Robert Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" both tell stories. "The Jumblies" is a humorous poem in which the protagonists sail across the ocean to visit a land inhabited by creatures called Jumblies. The poem uses many made-up words such as "Ring-Bo-Ree" and "Torrible." The Pied Piper of Hamelin" tells the story of a man who exterminates rats from a town, then takes revenge when the mayor refuses to pay him the money he was promised. Both "The Jumblies" and "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" are longer than Frost's and Rossetti's poems, with more complicated language.