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Welcome to Poets' Corner, one of the largest and oldest text resources on the web. The goal of this ongoing project is to develop a user-friendly library that is both a useful reference and an appealing place to browse and explore - and there is plenty of material here to explore. The collection covers roughly 7,000 works by about 800 poets - including some of the best known works in the English language - and many obscure and forgotten works that are well worth reading .
Since its inception in 1994, this site has grown through thousands of hours of transcription, editing and coding, through the efforts of the site editors, and through the contributions of volunteers around the world. The collection contains items ranging from sundial inscriptions to book-length works. The site is updated regularly (well, maybe sporadically) - click here to see what's new, often with a little commentary.
Searching for Content
There are many ways to search and browse the content of this site. The most comprehensive listing is through the Author Index (This is the series of letters across the top of the page, below the logo). This is a series of 13 detailed files containing a great deal of additional annotated information about each poet and their works. There is also a Condensed Version, which provides a quicker way of scanning through poets names.
Thanks to the efforts of Jon Lachelt there is an annotated Subject Index with 44 topics, A Title Index, a First Line Index and a Combined Index, and a roughly Chronological Index. Note: these indexes are not as inclusive as the Author Index, which covers over 95% of the collection
For browsing and exploration, there is a Sampler of shorter works and a list of Longer works to read, Faces of the Poets to look at, and thanks to the efforts of Nelson Miller, the beginnings of a biographical dictionary, Lives of the Poets. Bob Blair also maintains several special collections - including some nicely annotated works and some collections found no where else on the web, and the back archives of the Daily Poetry Break. And, if anyone is curious, there is a listing of some of Our Favorite Poems.
This collection is limited to works that are in the Public Domain in the United States. There is a partial list of suggested readings from more recent poets, and a short collection of works by recent poets.
Why does this site exist? That is a surprisingly hard question to answer. It started in 1994 as an experiment, grew into a pastime (a certain very patient spouse would surely say an obsession), and has become a substantial resource for those who enjoy or study poetry of all types, and appreciate the accessibility provided by the Web.
This site has been recognized by numerous search engines (Britannica, Magellan, WebCrawler, Point, etc.), Publications (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Yahoo Internet Life), Broadcasters (the BBC, Oxygen) numerous university programs, and many, many of its users around the world.
Poet's Corner (singular possessive), by the way, is a section of Westminster Abbey in London, England where Geoffrey Chaucer (the original Poet of Poet's Corner) is buried, along with 28 additional poets, playwrights and authors.
This is one of several collections at The Other Pages (theotherpages.org), spanning photography, quotations, music and other subjects.
Content and Copyright
(1) If your own favorite poem is missing understand that: it may still be under copyright (1923 or later in the US), which makes us unable to include it. This is a non-commercial site (i.e. no annoying pop-up advertisements) so there is no budget for licensing works still under restrictions. If a poem is past copyright, and you would like it included, please E-mail the poem, poet, and publishing information to Steve.
(2) All poems presented here, unless indicated otherwise, are believed to be past copyright restrictions in the U.S.. If you live outside the U.S., please check local copyright rules to understand what you may, or may not do with the text or images posted here.
(3) Because of the broad audience this site serves, we tend to steer away from certain material because of strong sexual or prejudicial content.
(4) You are welcome to link to any part of the collection. Every author and every poem has a unique URL and anchor tag. Please note that our index files, graphic content, and hypertext formatting are copyrighted, and may not be duplicated without permission.