There are enough poems and poets to fill libraries, but you can also access them from your desktop, laptop and even from your mobile handheld device. With just a few keywords, you can find poems online. There are also many sites that recommend poetry so you can get quick doses of culture and literature whenever the urge strikes. Use the sites in this section to discover new poems and learn about the brains behind the works by researching poets.
- Individual schools and universities often have excellent poetry Web sites and text resources. Try a larger university Web site for an online library.
- Many brick and mortar libraries have online databases as well. While you may not be able to read poetry online, you can try to find a book or poem that’s not included in one of the databases below.
While only a fraction of the population can make a real living writing poetry, that shouldn’t stop you from expressing yourself through this wonderfully versatile medium. In this section, we’ll offer tips for writing and publishing poetry, taking classes and entering poetry contests.
- While many legitimate poetry contests exist, some are scams. Learn how to tell the good from the bad at Poetry in the Arts.
- Poets.org shares a list of books on writing poetry for those interested in doing further research.
- For a humorous take on writing poetry, read the Poetry Foundation’s column, Poetry by the Numbers. It might not make you a famous poet, but it can surely lighten your existentially despaired heart.