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PoetryExplorer is Unique

Your Free Poetry Website

With over 140,000 full text poems, PoetryExplorer is the largest collection of classic and contemporary poetry in any medium. And it is FREE to all users! Poems are analyzed for subject content and for similarity and possible connection to other poems in the collection. As a result, PoetryExplorer provides several unique and important uses:

1. Subject Access

You have Subject Access to more than 10,000 distinct subject headings that can be searched. In the tab Subject Discovery, specific subjects are arranged in general categories so as to facilitate “drill down” searches. For example, enter People on the top level of the search, and it produces a list of secondary groups, including Military Figures, where you will get poems for over 260 military personages.

2. Rhyme Finder

Rhyme Finder is a rhyming dictionary which locates rhymed lines within poems with full text of the poems provided. This is a useful tool for locating poems with particular rhyming sequences, for discovering unique rhyme usage, and for aiding the construction of new poems.


3. Poems of Interest

Each searched poem result will list other poems in the collection which are relevant. We hope you find this feature particularly useful as you explore ideas and themes, further expanding your reach into poetry. When searching, you can choose to select by keyword, author, or title, and a list of relevant poems will populate. To expand the full poem, click the “Poem Text” link next to the title.

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Why Poetry? / History of Poetry

There is no doubt that the many people are firmly convinced that  they do not care for poetry. They have no use for it, they tell you. Either it bores them, as a fantastic, high-flown method of saying something that, to their way of thinking, could be better said in plain prose, or they look upon it as the sentimental nonsense of the moonstruck, lovesick young; a kind of intellectual “candy.”

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