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Poetry Research Guide


This is just a sample of books available on the multiple poetry topics.

Poetry and Short Story Reference Center

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center:



Search with Subject Headings

Subject headings provide an easy way to find books on a topic (broad or narrow); they can also help you to discover narrower topic ideas.

Because Poetry is so broad, subject headings are numerous. Below are a few broad options you can start with:

  • Poetry 20th Century (or any other century; each time period is divided into events and topics)
  • Poetry Collections
  • Poetry History and Criticism
  • Poetry Women Authors

To browse subject headings, go to the library catalog and click "Browse" in the box on the right side of the page. Enter a heading into the box provided, then click the "subject" button.

Tip: Browsing for "poetry" will start you out in a list of time periods, like "poetry 20th century." Browsing for "poetry m" will skip past these time periods into topics, like "Poetry Medieval History and Criticism."

You can also browse the subject search for Poets. Browsing using this term will break down the poets into time periods & countries.

  • Poets 19th Century (or any other century; each time period is divided into events and topics)
  • Poets French
  • Poets Latin Biography

Search the Library Catalog

Search for books and other items in the library catalog.


More Search Options


If you're searching for books about a specific poet then do a subject search for the name: Neruda, Pablo. If you're looking for poems by Pablo Neruda then do an author search.


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