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Literature Resources

Literary resources available at Huntsville-Madison Co. Public Library Reference & Adult Services Dept.


                                                             The Nine Muses of Greek mythology, who preside over the arts and sciences. They are Calliope (epic poetry), Euterpe (music), Clio (history), Erato (lyrics/love poetry), Melpomene (tragedy), Polyhymnia (sacred poetry), Terpsichore (dancing), Thalia (comedy) and Urania (astronomy, hence her position at the top, surrounded by stars). One of them holds a caduceus, a staff entwined with snakes. Engraved by T. S. Engleheart in 1825 after a painting by Thomas Stothard. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


Poetry (from the Greek 'poiesis'/ποίησις [poieo/ποιέω], a making: a forming, creating, or the art of poetry, or a poem) is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning. Poetry may be written independently, as discrete poems; or, may occur in conjunction with other arts, as in poetic drama, hymns, lyrics, or prose poetry.

Taken from Wikipedia; accesssed on November 15, 2011.

Online Poetry Resources

Poetry Literature Resources and Resources for Poets—Writers Write

Section of the Writers Write web site devoted to poetry, a resource with links to classic poetry literature web sites, other resources for poets, poetry publications, poetry books and other resources for poets.

Web site sponsored by the Academy of American Poets; includes information on poetry events and readings, photo records, galleries, reference sites devoted to critical essays and interviews, reading guides and sites specializing in both contemporary and classic poetry.

Web site specializing in the types of poetry, including definitions and examples for each type; the web site is created and maintained by Shadow Poetry, an organization dedicated to poetry writing and education. The site also includes links to other sites with listings of resources, collections, magazines and contests.


Library of Congress Poetry Resources

Comprehensive guide to locating poetry resources available on the Library of Congress’s web site; major areas of the Library’s web site include links to webcasts, American Memory, Today in History, Exhibitions, Civil War Poetry, State Poet Laureates, Official State Poems and much more.



General Resources

Resources focusing on specific poems and poets