I find the Biography.com videos indispensable when it comes to teaching poetry. Teaching a holistic view of the poet's life, and place in society, can lend the students a deeper understanding of the material. The videos are always well made and concise (usually about two to six minutes).
When students are new to ESL and have a limited vocabulary, they find it difficult to think of words that have a similar sound. Allowing them to rely on a rhyming dictionary helps them vocabulary, and you will notice the words they learn show up in their everyday speech! A lot of my students are interested in songwriting as well, so this is a great resource all around.
Why is it important to show videos of famous poets reading their own words? Why can't reading the poem be sufficient? This video, and article, will help answer these questions. I absolutely love video in my class, and try to integrate a short video into every lesson.
This website, although a little outdated, has amazing (and free) poetry related activities to print out and give to your students. It's always difficult for me to find free handouts on specific subjects, so I love that this site exists. Plus there are about twenty printables here, so you can pick and choose!
This paper introduces the concept of poetry as a gentle and alternative to the typical ESL curriculum. My students would way rather create a poem than an essay, and when they are trying to find that perfect word - they are learning a lot more vocabulary than they would if they were simply trying to get essay writing out of the way.