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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.


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

*New! POEM EXPLAINED: Thousands of critical poem analyses linked to poems provide new understanding and appreciation of the works and assist in learning and enjoyment.

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POEMS EXPLAINED : Thousands of poems analyzed

Unlock the rich and layered meanings of poetry with our extensive collection of explications. Our collection of poems offers a diverse range of styles, themes, and eras all carefully curated for your exploration. But why stop at reading when you can delve deeper with our poetry explanations?

Our explanations provide a roadmap for understanding the intricate beauty of poetry. Each explication offers insights into the symbolism, imagery, and language choices poets have made – helping you to understand what lies beneath the surface of the text. What’s more, our explanations cover a vast range of poems, from the contemporary to the classics, so you can explore new and old favorites alike.

Combined with other unique features in our ONE MILLION poem collection, such as subject access, PoetryExplorer provides the unrivaled opportunity to explore the full potential of poetry.

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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