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English: Poetry

Widespread disease, contagion, epidemic, and pandemic, as represented in literature.

Finding Poems

Literature Online Full-Text Access to English-language creative works,  Choose "texts," then "poetry." Search by keyword, title word, author, publication date or range, gender, nationality, literary movement, period, and more.

Literature Resource Center  Select "Works Search," then "Type of Work: Poem" (pull down), adding other limiters as known/desired: title, author, publication year, century, language, gender, nationality, and ethnicity.

Poetry Foundation - browse poems  Also see search box (upper right).

URSUS  You can search URSUS by author, title or subject to find books of poetry in the URSUS system.  The same search can be repeated in MaineCat by clicking on the "Search MaineCat" link from within URSUS.

  • Keyword "poems" or "poetry,"  perhaps combined with an author's last name.
  • Subject headings (samples):  
  • African Americans -- Poetry
  • Children's poetry
  • Poetry
  • Canadian poetry
  • Poets, American -- Maine
  • Erotic poetry, Latin -- Translations into English
  • Love poetry, Latin -- Translations into English
  • American poetry

Google Books

Internet Archive

HathiTrust Digital Library

Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Explicating Poems

From the OED, to explicate: "to make clear the meaning of (anything); to remove difficulties or obscurities from; to clear up, explain."

The Explicator (journal) 1976 - present  Search "Within current journal" or "Search within this publication"

Poem of the Day (Poetry Foundation)

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How Poetry Works

Digital Archives & Text Collections

Dante and Beatrice

Dante, Divine Comédie:
Rencontre de Dante et de Béatrice

XIVe siècle. École vénitienne. Enluminure. Libreria Marciana, Venise.
Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons


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