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EN 332: British Literature II: Finding Poems


Poetry is commonly published in collections, such as The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. For collections that are not complete, such as Ariel by Sylvia Plath, check the book's catalog record for table of contents or summaries to locate your specific poem.

  • Do a keyword search on the poem's title within quotes, such as "the rabbit catcher" to find the poem in the catalog.

Online Databases

The Poetry Subcollection of the American & English Literature Collection contains many works of poetry based on books and other sources originally published in print. It includes the following:

  • African-American Poetry 1760-1900: Almost 3000 poems written by African-American poets in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
  • American Poetry 1600-1900: A collection of 1200 books and anthologies of early American poetry, containing more than 40,000 works from over 200 poets. This database contains the works of all major American poets.
  • English Poetry 600-1900: The most comprehensive archive of English verse from the 7th century to the 20th; more than 175,000 poems by over 1,400 poets from British Commonwealth and ex-colonial countries.
  • 20th Century African-American Poetry: 12,000 poems by more than 100 African-American poets, with biographical profiles.
  • 20th Century American Poetry: Collected works and individual volumes of poetry covering the works of most major 20th-century American poets. Over 52,000 works from more than 316 poets.
  • 20th Century English Poetry: Over 44,000 poems by 288 poets. Incorporating the Modern Poetry Collection and The Faber Poetry Library, Twentieth-Century English Poetry features many canonical poets as well as those from diverse international backgrounds.

Online Resources

You can find poems online!