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  • Searchable collection of hundreds of collected works of poetry, mostly from the 19th century, although a few 18th and early 20th century texts are included. From the University of Michigan.
  • Many reference books published on the web
  • Many famous poems online
  • From the holdings of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library. Archive currently holds work by Coleridge, Tennyson, Lewis Carroll, and many others.
  • Includes the works of Robert Browning Oliver Wendell Holmes John Keats Henry Wadsworth Longfellow James Russell Lowell John Milton Alexander Pope Edmund Spenser Alfred Tennyson John Greenleaf Whittier and William Wordsworth. Also includes a section on Elizabethan dramatists.
  • This Connecticut College site "is an electronic archive designed to make out-of-print volumes of poetry available to readers, scholars, and researchers. The books are stored as individual text-only files accessible via the World Wide Web on the Internet." Arranged alphabetically by author. In some instances, limited biographical information about the poets is provided.
  • This State University of Buffalo site contains an alphabetical list of poets, critics, writers, and an in-progress list of poetry-related sites and resources, both electronic and in print.
  • Poetic terms and their definitions. Browsable alphabetically.
  • International anthology of contemporary poetry.
  • This site "helps teachers explore eighteen American songs and poems from the digital collections of the Library of Congress. Each song and poem is represented by an original primary source document, along with historical background information and, in many cases, sound recordings and alternate versions."
  • A multimedia companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2000). This massive site devoted to critical information and resources on American poets contains analyses of poems, biographical information on poets, relevant illustrations, drafts of poems, bibliographies, historical background, statements on poetics, interviews, mini-essays on important issues pertinent to the poet, book reviews, archival resources, and study questions.
  • Provides links and related background material.
  • Audio and videos with transcripts of PBS NewsHour reports on contemporary poets and poetry.
  • Amazing site of e-text poems by classic/famous poets
  • Links to Online Poetry journals, Poetry resource sites, West Coast Independent Bookshops, Japanese forms, Poets of Great Renown, and Contemporary Poets on the Web.
  • Provides links to poetry events and courses book news competitions text links to e-zines audio poetry literary appreciation, criticism and reviews plus sources to improve your own writing and get it published.
  • Information for poets.
  • Organization for poets and readers.
  • Home page of the Academy of American Poets. Founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation os contemporary poetry, this is the largest organization in the country dedicated specifically to the art of poetry
  • Includes 3,162 English poems by 500 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today.
  • A guide to 20th poets and their poems
  • Concordances of poetry by Shelley, Coleridge, Keats, Blake, Wordsworth, and Hopkins.

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