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Poetry Topic Page
This topic page provides related topics and information on the history of poetry.
Poetry History and Criticism
This is a list of resources in our online catalog about poetry history and criticism.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
These are e-books on literature. Use the search screen on the right of the screen to search only the literature titles.
Gwen Harwood Research Starter
Her poetry had modest beginnings: offerings to two literary magazines, which won her prizes in 1959 and 1960. In the early sixties, she published a number of volumes of poetry under different pseudonyms, each pseudonym being warmly praised.
John Keats Research Starter
Through works exploring the significance of beauty, joy, and imagination in a world of suffering and death, Keats was one of the great poets of the Romantic era and is generally acknowledged to have been among the finest writers of personal correspondence in English.
John Donne Research Starter
Capturing the restless, questioning spirit of the early seventeenth century, Donne established the Metaphysical poetic style—witty, colloquial, and dramatic—in love poetry that was both devotional and erotic.
Seamus Heaney Research Starter
Seamus Justin Heaney (HEE-nee) is widely regarded as the greatest Irish poet since William Butler Yeats, and indeed as one of the foremost contemporary poets in the English language. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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Streaming (Online) Videos
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Seamus Heaney: Looking Back
This classic program looks back over Heaney’s career at the time his best-selling collection Seeing Things—a return to the rural childhood territory of his very first book—was published, offering a rare opportunity to hear the poet read and discuss his work.
Synonymous with metaphysical poetry, John Donne combined wit with passion, startling diction with curious contrasts. This program chronicles his extraordinary life as lawyer, lover, sailor, father, preacher, and poet.
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