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Poetry

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Academy of American Poets
Find a poet, find a poem, listen to poetry--you can do all of these on this Web site. Includes works from all countries and eras. Among the poems to which you can listen is "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" read by its author, Langston Hughes.
Modern American Poetry: Poets
Established and maintained by the editorial board of the Anthology of Modern American Poetry. In some cases this site is the only online source for scholarly commentary on a given poet's work. Even for well-known poets, this page often offers the only detailed analyses of particular poems.
Poetry 180
Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, has selected the poems found here with high school students in mind. Features a list of all 180 poems—with links to full text—as well as a link to the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress.
Poetry Archive
An extensive online collection of poets reading their work. Includes historic recordings by Robert Browning, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and William Butler Yeats, as well as twentieth century giants such as Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, T. S. Eliot, and others. Especially helpful are special sections for teachers, students, and children, providing background materials, lesson plans, and interviews. Additionally, the Poetry Archive allows users to browse for poems by theme or form, as well as by author or title.
Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. A useful feature is the Poetry Tool, which can help you find a poem by author, title, category, occasion, first line, or type. There are also other helpful links to author podcasts, images, events and awards, and reading guides explicating specific poems.
Poetry in Baltimore - Calendar of Events
Find out what poetry and spoken word events are happening in the greater Baltimore area with this regularly updated calendar.   
Poets & Writers Online
A good resource for both the novice and the experienced writer. Useful tools include information on getting published, addresses for small press publishers, topics for writers, and job listings.

Databases

African American Poetry, 1750-1900
Nearly 3,000 poems written by African-American poets in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
African American Poetry, Twentieth Century
A database of modern and contemporary African-American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. Features 10,000 poems by around 70 of the most important African-American poets of the last century.

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