Poetry Pathfinder

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What is a library pathfinder?

*Pathfinders: are guides intended to help you get started doing research on a particular topic, both online and at your school library.


Bartleby Library: Great Books Online (OPAC)


Provides full-text versions of books that are out of copyright. Novels and Poetry written primarily by American and English authors cover a publishing period from 1250 to 1920. Great Books Online is keyword searchable.

Gale Cengage Learning (OPAC)



Provides information about American modern poets. Each poet section features biography, bibliography, and photograph.

http://www.poetloverspage.com (OPAC)

Poems are listed alphabetically by title, and the website is searchable.

Poets’ Corner (OPAC)


Poets' Corner is an anthology or collection of works gathered from many different sources. It is an ongoing project containing thousands of poems. A search engine allows searching for specific poems.

Poetry Foundation


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.

RPO: Representative Poetry Online


Web anthology of 4,700 poems in English and French by over 700 poets spanning 1400 years.

Weekly Jivvy: Poetry: Poems of Acclaim (OPAC)


Provides searchable archive of famous poetry. Poetry is searchable by an index of authors, titles, or first lines.


Books on the Shelf

Reference Books & Reference Sets

· REF 800 ENG: The Norton Anthology of English Literature

· 809.1 BLO: Poets and Poems

· REF 809.1 POE: Poetry for Students

· 810.8 AME: Concise Anthology of American Literature

· REF 810 GRE: The Great Modern Poets

· REF 822.3 BOY: Critical Companion to Williams Shakespeare: a literary reference to his life and work.

· REF 822.3 ROZ: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Shakespeare

· REF 92 AFR: African American Biography

· REF 92 CON: Contemporary Authors

· REF 92 ENC: Encyclopedia of World Biography

Nonfiction: Literature

· 811.009 BLA: Poets for Young Adults: their lives and works

· 811 BLO: American Women Poets, 1650 – 1950

· 811 BOR: A Student’s Guide to Emily Dickinson

· 811 EMI: Emily Dickinson

· 811 HEM: Your Own, Sylvia: a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath

· 811 LON: Selected Poems: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882

· 811 WAL: Walt Whitman

· 818 EDG: Edgar Allan Poe

· 818 POE: Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

· 818 POE: The Raven and other Writings

· 821.009 FAN: Keats, Shakespeare, and other Wordsmiths

· 821.108 UNT: The Golden Treasury of Poetry

· 821 CAR: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

· 822 MCD: The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: an introduction with documents

· 822.3 MCQ: Coined by Shakespeare: words and meanings first penned by the Bard

· 822.3 MIT: A Student’s Guide to Shakespeare

· 822.3 SHA: The Portable Shakespeare: seven plays, the songs, the sonnets, selections from the other plays


· 92 ANG: Maya Angelou

· 92 DIC: Emily Dickinson: singular poet

· 92 HUG: Langston Hughes: “Life Makes Poems”

· 92 HUG: Langston Hughes: poet of the Harlem Renaissance

· 92 HUG: Langston Hughes: the voice of Harlem

· 92 SHA: William Shakespeare