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Poetry, the language of the gods”

(Samuel Rogers, c. 1820)

I have to teach a class on the villanelle – what are good examples?  What is a villanelle, anyway?  For more information on poetry and poets, as well as interviews with some living poets, check this free website from the Academy of American Poets.

New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics

What is an iamb?  Do pentameters come in any other variety?  And what are those other meters?  Find the full meaning of meter (and scansion, and pitch) in the New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.
Reference PN1021 .N39 or online:

Literature Resource Center

Why can much of Emily Dickinson’s poetry be sung to “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Amazing Grace” or the theme song from “Gilligan’s Island”?  Check out entries on Dickinson and her use of the balladic meter in Literature Resource Center.


Where do poets fit in society?  Search for articles on their social status, their political roles and more in this core index to sociology.

Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry

Oooh, ooh, I can only remember the first line – comparing someone to a summer’s day – who wrote that?  Look for the entire poem in Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry.

The Encyclopedia of Ethics

Are there moral aspects to poetry?  See what The Encyclopedia of Ethics has to say!
BJ63 .E45 2001 or online:

* Warning: browsing reference books can be lyrical!

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