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Resources for research in Poetry

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This guide is comprised of both library and Internet resources recommended for finding information on Poetry and Poets. Here you will find links to resources covering biographies, bibliographies, poetical works and criticisms.

To find poetry by a particular writer, search the library catalog for a poet's name, not the title of a poem. Generally, individual poems are not listed in the library catalog, so instead look for a collection of works by a poet or a poetry anthology (a collection of poems by several authors).

I just need a poem. Any poem will do.

Again, a poetry anthology might be just the ticket. An alternative is to search within the library catalog, using keywords such as "victorian poetry" or "slam poets" to find collections by time period or genre. Or, try browsing in journals.

To find the full version of a poem online, try the links found in the Selected Electronic Resources tab within this guide.

I have a poem, now I need to find scholarly articles about the poem.

Response, analysis, and interpretation of literature, such as poems, fall under the category of Literary Criticism. To find resources on criticism of poetry, see the information within the Specialized Databases tab.

Know the resource you're looking for?  You can jump directly to them by selecting the tabs above!