Poetry: Additional reference


Poetry resources on the English Subject Centre website

Here are some examples of relevant materials and resources currently available through this site. Such materials may take the form of Subject Centre project reports, event reports,WordPlay magazine articles, or Case Studies. With your help, we aim to increase the breadth and variety of these resources over the following months.

Articles and Publications

Poetry Resources around the web

The Poetry Archive
is a wonderful collection of recordings of poets reading their own work which you can listen to free of charge.  It features poets from the English-speaking world who are primarily British although there are also some who are American.

English Association Poetry
is a site from the English Association dedicated to the teaching of poetry. It has been developed with the encouragement of the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) as an outcome of its English 21 exercise.

The Poetry Society
is a charitable organization set up to advance the study, use and enjoyment of poetry.  They’ve published their journal,Poetry Review, and newsletter, Poetry News, for nearly one hundred years.  London-based, they sponsor naitional competitions, organise readings, while its website contains inter-active sections and poetry teaching plans

Visible Music
has produced a film, ‘Becoming Emily’, that brings the poetry of Emily Dickinson to life through her poems and letters. ‘The forty or so poems included here, some well known, some less so, lay out the poet’s views on nature and religion, love and death, as well as showing, typically in startling colors, her deepest passions, joys and fears.’ Extracts of this 2010 DVD can be viewed on the Visible Music website where you can also find purchasing details.

The Poetry Library
is an actual library located on London’s Southbank.  It is part of the UK’s national lending library network and is accessible to anyone with a UK library card.  It contains the largest collection of British poetry from 1912 to the present comprising over 100,000 items and it is still growing.  Poetry is available in many different formats for reference and for loan.  The Poetry Library is home to a full-text database of British poetry magazines from the 20th and 21st centuries which can be accessed here.

The BBC Poetry Library
Archive material from Radio 3 recordings made by modern poets.

Poetry International Web
is a worldwide internet forum for poetry. The site contains news, essays, interviews and discussion, alongside hundreds of poems by acclaimed modern poets from all around the world. Each poem is presented in its original language alongside an English translation.

The Scottish Poetry library
Scottish and UK poetry links including sites dedicated to, or created by, individual poets and poetry or literary resources.

The Library of Congress Poetry page
is a gateway into the Library’s extensive poetry collections, such as the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature and the Walt Whitman Collection from American Memory.  It also features information on the past and present U.S. poet laureates and webcasts of readings at its Poetry Center.

is part of the Academy of American Poets, and in addition to providing information on hundreds of poems and poets it features an entire section of resources for educators  where you will find essays on teaching, tips on teaching, curriculum and lesson plans and a teacher discussion forum

The Writer’s Almanac
is an entertaining educational resource featuring a daily poem and literary history from U.S. public radio broadcaster Garrison Keillor who is based in Minnesota.  In addition to the website there are podcasts, a newsletter and extensive archives to browse.

is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing.  An ongoing project, PennSound is committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives of poets. The heart of the project is pedagogical: it is dedicated to new and innovative ways of teaching and learning about poetry, especially through the development of ‘close listeners’.  The archive provides detailed documentation about over 8000 individual recordings and new bibliographic information will be added over time. All of its resources are free and downloadable as MP3 files.

The First World War Poetry Archive
is a multimedia online database of primary source material (manuscripts of poems, letters, diaries, etc) plus contextual information (images, audio and film material from the Imperial War Museum) and it is browsable and searchable, and freely available online.  The project (based at he University of Oxford) has also developed instructional tutorials for undergraduates to train them in editorial and research skills using primary source material, and resources to support the teaching of World War One literature and history at school level.

Modern American Poetry
is a resource multimedia resource for teaching modern American poetry and developed as a companion to the text,Anthology of Modern American Poetry(Cary nelson, ed. OUP 2000?).  Devoting pages to individual poets, the site reproduces excerpts of readings of particular poems, historical background, critical analysis as well as biographical information.

Tower Poetry
Exists to stimulate an enjoyment and critical appreciation of poetry, particularly among young people in education, and to encourage people to write their own poetry.  They give prizes, publish journals and link to many external organisations from their site.

Ofsted Poetry-in-Schools Report 2006/2007
is an in-depth assessment of poetry provision in primary and secondary schools.

Available via subscription only

Issue 13 (February 2009) of the journal of the National Organisation of Teachers of English (NATE) contains stimulating articles and strategies for teaching poetry, and offers a rounded view of how poetry is taught to students before they arrive at university.  Such insights can be very useful to HE and FE lecturers as the poetry students experience at primary and secondary will sometimes bear little resemblance to the poetry they encounter at university.