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EN 232: Introduction to Poetry: Online Resources

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Poetry Resources

Use these online resources to explore poems and poetry analysis

  • Library of Congress Poetry Center

  • LoC - How to find a Poem

  • Poetry Daily: a new poem everyday Poetry Daily is an anthology of contemporary poetry. Each day, a new poem is presented from new books, magazines, and journals.

  • Verse Daily: a new poem everyday Verse Daily introduces poetry daily on the worldwide web. By republishing one new poem a day from fine literary magazines and books, Verse Daily promotes poets and their publishers while providing a wealth of excellent poetry to the public free of charge.

  • What is Poetry?

    The Open University

  • Approaching Poetry

    The Open University

  • Modern Poetry

    Open Yale Course

  • Romantic Poetry

    MIT Open Course Ware

  • Poetry 101

    This website includes lists of books recommended for new poetry readers, lists of influential poetry books, featured essays about poetry, reading guides for select poets, and information about different literary trends over time.

  • A Beginner's Guide to the Different Types of Poems

    This web article offers definitions and example poems for fifteen different types of poems, including sonnets, haikus, ballads, free verse, and odes.

  • Poems for AP Literature & Composition

    This collection includes twenty-one poems and poetic forms commonly featured in AP Literature & Composition. This source offers links to each of these twenty-one poems (some with audio options) and at least two related resources per poem, such as literary criticisms and analyses. These analyses allow a reader to see many of the tools featured in other resources from this guide being used in action to analyze actual poems.

5 tips for how to appreciate poetry, from NPR's Life Kit podcast.

We Need Art Right Now. Here's How To Get Into Poetry


Listen, I know how this looks. An NPR piece about "how to appreciate poetry" reads like self-parody. I get it! But — in case you haven't heard — things are extremely bad right now. And if you're holed up at home and have burned through all the TV you can stand, you may just need some art to help you process that sadness or anger or fear. And this might be a good time to give poetry a try.

A great poem can be there for you — the same way other works of art you hold dear can. Franny Choi, an educator and co-host of the poetry podcast VS (pronounced like "verses" or "versus," get it?), says a great poem "makes me want to get out of my chair and pace around the room. It makes me want to throw my hands up and show it to somebody or say it out loud or shout it from the rooftops ... when I have [it], it's the only thing that matters."

But if you haven't flexed your poetry muscles in a while, or if you've always thought poems were the domain of clove cigarette smokers and adjunct professors, that feeling might be a little hard to tap into. Here are 5 tips that might help you get there.

Read more at NPR!

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