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PoetryExplorer is Unique

Your Free Poetry Website

With over ONE MILLION poems, including 140,000 with full text, and 900,000 with citations, 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. 1 Million Poems Sourced/Text

With full text for over 140,000 poems and source information for another 900,000 poems, PoetryExplorer provides free, unparalleled and invaluable access to the world’s greatest poetry collected from print sources (books, periodicals). Each poem is represented by full text, POEM TEXT, or by a link, POEM SOURCE, which contains the reference in which the poem can be found.

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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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