Poetry Criticism

Background Information

More books about poetry can be found using the Library's catalog.

Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry in Anthologies REF PN 1022. H 39 2002
Contemporary American Poetry REF PS 613. C 66 1991
Contemporary Poets REF PR 603. C 6 2001
Critical Survey of Poetry REF PR 502. C 85 1992
Guide to American Poetry Explication REF PS 201. P 7 G 85 1989
Longman Dictionary of Poetic Terms REF PN 1042. M 94 1989
Masterplots II: Poetry Deries REF PN 1110.5 M 37 1992
Oxford Companion to American Literature REF PS 21. H 3 1995
Oxford Companion to English Literature REF PR 19. O 94 2006
Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English Online only
Poet's Market REF PN 1059. M 3 P 59 2008
World Poets REF PN 1021. W 670 2000

Journal Articles

JSTOR is a journal archive that contains scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on all topics in literature and poetry criticism, from explication to biographical analysis.
Literature Resource Center
The LRC is one of the best literature resources in existence. Not only can it be used to locate criticism on poetry, but also author biographies and bibliographies.
MLA International Bibliography
The MLA International Bibliography is one the largest and most respected literature databases in the world. It can be used to find articles on poets and their poetry, as well as criticism.
Project Muse
Project Muse is a journal archive that contains articles on literature and the humanities.

Web Resources

Modern American Poetry—The Poets
This site has extensive biographies and criticism of twentieth century American poets.
Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation offers poems from contemporary writers and poets. Not only can you find poems from the journal Poetry, but you can search for poems by topic. Poetry also includes commentary on contemporary poetry.
Poetry Portal
Not only does the Poetry Portal provide information about poets and their work, but also how you can improve your own work and get it published.
Poetry Society of America
The PSA's official website contains information about what's going on in poetry now, with valuable information on current writers.
Created by the Academy of American Poets, this site contains thousands of full text poems and is not limited to English language poets. Search by poet, poem, or subject. Biographies and other sources are also linked.
Representative Poetry Online
This online collection features full text of many pre-1923 poems and excerpts of post-1923 articles by English-language poets. Because it's a representative index, it does not have every poem by every poet.