PoetryExplorer is Uniquely Authoritative & Comprehensive
Your Free Poetry Website
With over ONE MILLION poems, including 190,000 with full text, and 950,000 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. (See the Search box direftly below.) 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, which opens a list of secondary groups, including Military Figures, which provides 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.
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3. 1+ Million Poems Sourced/Text
* 190,00 FULL TEXT Poems
* 950,00 Poem CITATIONS – 1st & last lines, with subject analysis
* 970,000 SOURCES – Books & periodicals locating poems
Invaluable access to the world’s greatest poetry collected from print sources (books, periodicals) is provided. 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.
Top Ten Poems
- The Complaints of Poverty, Nicholas James
- The Little Plant. Kate Louise Brown
- The Book of the Dead: He Walketh By Day. Anonymous
- The First-Rate Wife. Cornelius Whur
- Jubilee Hymn. John Betjeman
- A Dream of Mountaineering. Po Chu-Yi.
- The Beggar Woman. William King
- Non-Combatants. Evelyn Underhill
- The Failure. Merle Kulow Sherrill
- O Dreams, O Destinations. Cecil Day Lewis.
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.”