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Poems and Poets

A guide for locating resources related to poetry.

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry

The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry contains 250,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations, numbers that will continually expand with each update. The poems in full text are the most widely-read in the English language, as well as in Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Included also is poetry in Portuguese, Polish, Yiddish, Welsh, Gaelic, and other Celtic languages, as well as poems in the ancient languages: Anglo-Saxon, Provencal and Latin. Scholars in each of these languages have reviewed and guided the selection of poems, so that the poetry on Granger’s is also the poetry encountered in the classroom.

The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry offers complete coverage of the works of several individual great poets, including the complete poems of Shelley, Blake, Burns, Keats, Marvell, Poe, Unamuno, Heine, Baudelaire, and other major poets. In addition, users will find a wealth of current poetry from some of the best poetry periodicals, such as Poetry Magazine, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest.

Searching Bobcat

You can search BobCat by title, author, or subject to find books of poetry in the library. Use the limiters in the third drop-down menu from the main search screen to make your selections.  Here are some examples:

Title:

  • What are Years
  • Meditations in an Emergency
  • Paradise Lost

Author:

  • Millay, Edna St. Vincent
  • Bishop, Elizabeth
  • Keats, John

Subject:

  • Lyric Poetry
  • Poets, American
  • Poetry, Modern
  • Poets, Chinese - Biography

Digital Collections of Poetry (NYU access)

Other NYU databases with poetry content

Other Online Resources for Poetry

The following sites are available through the open web. Some of these sites may have digitized images of the original texts along with extensive bibliographies. But, when searching the internet for research purposes, be sure to pay close attention to sites with .org or .edu web addresses. If you find a valuable site not listed below, please let me know so that I can add it to the list.

The Poetry Foundation

Poetry Foundation logo.

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

This is a great resource for locating poems, researching poets, and exploring the numerous features including podcasts and videos of poets and their poetry. 

Poets.org

Poets.org logo.

Launched in 1996, Poets.org is the award-winning website of the Academy of American Poets. Visitors to Poets.org will find thousands of poems as well as hundreds of poet biographies and essays and interviews about poetry. Also available are poetry lesson plans for teachers. Poets.org receives a million visitors each month, making it the most popular site about poetry on the web.