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Poetry on the Web

from John McIlvain

Below are the most reliable sights for accurate etexts. See also eTexts for the best online text sources for American and British literature and Reading-eTexts for additional ideas.

The Oxford text archive (downloads, search engine): http://ota.ahds.ac.uk/

Renascence editions – Spenser and others: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~rbear/ren.htm

Modern English collection (1500 to present) at the University of Virginia (some text are restricted to University of Virginia students and faculty): http://etext.virginia.edu/modeng/

University of Toronto English Library – a variety of text with line numbers: http://www.library.utoronto.ca/utel/

Representative Poetry Online - another site sponsored by the University of Toronto

An excellent site on Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th century poetry: http://www.luminarium.org/lumina.htm

EPC (Electronic Poetry) Poetry Center - portal site linking to sites that are connected to ezines, mags, presses or poetry websites - interesting in that includes many new forms (digital and otherwise)

A less reliable sight, but one that is useful, is http://www.bartleby.com/212/0711.html - requires a higher bandwidth or a great deal of patience

Poet's Corner - free but limited resource from the Gale Group - short biographies, teaching activites, e-text poems, a poetry timeline

Poetry 180 - a poem a day for American High Schools, from Billy Collins, Poet Laureate

Favorite Poem Project : The Poems - texts with reading and video discussion by person submitting the poem to the project

The Academy of American Poets - Poetry Exhibits - poets, their poems, recording of their poems from the Academy - although limited to a few poems per poet, this is a rich resource for the classroom

Poetry Daily - contemporary poetry in English - maintains an archive of poems for one year as well as articles and interviews

Laurable.com - focusing upon audio links, and including many contemportary English-language poets reading their own poetry and poems by other others - visit before you assign it.

Plagiarist.com - despite its name (a holdover from an earlier version of the site), a source of reliable e-Texts - the terms of use statement is very clear; read it as a model.


For a fee, a school library can purchase access to the Roth Poems for Schools (part of LitFinder) database, which contains full text of copyrighted poems, including contemporary (newly published) and women's poetry, biographical and critical information - use of poems is restricted by copyright law (clearly stated in the database contents) - free trial is available.

Another fee-based option is The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry Online.


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Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain 4/18/04