April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month


Literature Resource Center can be used to access poet biographies, articles, and critical analyses of poems.

Twayne’s Author Series offers in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, including many poets, and has special topic essays on American Indian Poetry, British Poets of the 1950s, and Modern and Contemporary Spanish Women Poets.


Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets has thousands of poems as well as poet biographies, essays, interviews, and poetry recordings. You can access the National Poetry Map, a national events calendar, and poetry lesson plans for teachers. Register to create a Notebook in which to save contents from the site and to subscribe to a free monthly e-mail newsletter. http://www.poets.org/

The American Verse Project from the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative (HTI) and the University of Michigan Press is an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920. You can browse an alphabetical index of the included texts or conduct keyword or phrase searches. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/a/amverse/

The Poetry Foundation offers poems by category, occasion, title, or first lines; search for poets by name, birth and death dates, geography and school of poetry. The children’s poetry archive is organized by category. There are also links to Poetry magazine articles. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/

Poetry Portal is a directory of worldwide poetry online. Find poetry, poetry events, courses, literary criticism, web links, and information about publishing poetry. http://www.poetry-portal.com

Bartleby Verse has one of the largest free collections of poems and poetry anthologies on the internet. http://www.bartleby.com/verse/

Poets’ Corner contains almost 7,000 works by about 800 poets. Search the collection, all of which are in the public domain, by author, title, or subject; read short biographical summaries and view images of many of your favorite poets. http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/

National Poetry Month from infoplease.com features notable poems and poets, poem quotes by theme, links to other poetry sites, and other fun stuff about poetry. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/pmonth1.html

Representative Poetry Online founded by the University of Toronto provides access to nearly 3,200 English poems by 500 poets. Its Criticism tab links to commentary of several well-known poems. http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/index.cfm

Poetry Daily is an anthology of contemporary English language poetry by well known and less familiar poets. Each day there is a new poem with information about its poet and source. http://poems.com/

Poetry Archives has a collection of classic poems and several Discussion Forums, including one for Lost Poetry Quotations. http://www.emule.com/poetry/

Modern American Poetry is an Online Journal and Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford Press, 2002, edited by Cary Nelson) that includes analyses of poems, biographical information, relevant illustrations, manuscripts, drafts of poems, bibliographies, book reviews, archival resources, and study questions. http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/

Sonnet Central is an archive of English sonnets with commentary and relevant web links. The sonnets, grouped by period, can be accessed via an alphabetical list of authors. All of the sonnets are modernized texts for the general audience. http://www.sonnets.org/

Haiku Society of America founded in 1968 by Harold G. Henderson and Leroy Kanterman promotes the writing and appreciation of haiku in English. The Society’s journal, Frogpond, features haikus, articles, and book reviews. http://www.hsa-haiku.org/

Poetry Slam, Inc. promotes the competitive art of performance poetry. Learn about slam event throughout the U.S. and Canada. http://www.poetryslam.com/

Poetry 180 is designed so high school students can hear or read a different poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/

Poetry: Lesson Plans from the National Endowment of the Arts’ EDSITEment has hundreds of lesson plans for grade levels K-12 along with links to websites. http://edsitement.neh.gov/tab_lesson.asp

Poetry Webcasts of poetry readings and discussions, are available through the Library of Congress. Video: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/results.php Audio: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/poetpoem.html

Presidents as Poets from the Library of Congress features poetry by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, John Tyler, Abraham Lincoln, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama. http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/prespoetry/index.html

Poetry and the Presidential Inauguration has the four official poems recited at the inaugurations of Presidents Kennedy (1961), Clinton (1992 and 1996), and Obama (2008). http://poetry.about.com/b/2009/01/15/poetry-and-the-presidential-inauguration.htm

Poet Vision features poets reading and talking about their own work and about poetry in general. The twelve episodes which were videotaped in 1988-1990 include cybercasts of Rita Dove, Allen Ginsberg, and Robert Penn Warren. http://www.loc.gov/poetry/poetvision.html

The Walt Whitman Archive from the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln includes Whitman’s published work, manuscripts, biography, correspondence, and other resources. http://www.whitmanarchive.org/