Great Valley High School

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  • Poetry Unit

    You will need to find:

    1. biographies on your poet
    2. literary criticisms on your poem

    Where should you look for resources?

    1. Books 
    2. Online Databases
    3. Free Web websites


    Citation & Research Tools 


    1. Books

    Check the cart for reference books or search the catalog for books on your poet or poem.

    **The Poetry for Students books (volume 1- 36) can be found in pdf for free online!** PDFs for volumes 1-36: (click on "Poetry Books Collection"):

    Index: Poetry for Students Index for Vol 1 - 36

    1. To figure out which volume your poet/poem is in (if any) check the index linked above.
      1. If you don't find your poet/poem on that index, search it in Destiny Discover, as it may be in a different volume. We have more volumes in the library than are available at the link above!
    2. Once you know which volume you need, you can come to the library for the physical copy, or you can use the website to find the pdf of that volume.
    3. They are in ABC order on the website so you will have to scroll down to the "poetry for students" section.
    4. Once you open the volume in PDF format, you can download the pdf directly to a folder of your choice. Or you can just print the pages you need.
      1. Don't print the whole document, they are hundreds of pages long. Only print the chapter you need.


  • 2. Online Catalogs

  • Contemporary Authors

    This e-resource provides access to biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 of today's most influential authors.



    3. Free Web Websites

    1. Poetry Archive
    2. Poetry Foundation
    3. The Academy of American Poets
      1. Poems, poet biographies, interviews, recordings, and essays. Includes a newsletter and events calendar, academy resources, discussion forum, a poet’s workshop of exercises, and teaching ideas.
    4. BBC Poetry
      1. The British Broadcasting Company’s poetry site. Poems, poets’ biographies, videos, and writing and performance tips from contemporary poets.
    5. Modern American Poetry
      1. Extensive material on poets included in Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford). Manuscripts, brief critical essays, historical backgrounds, biographies, interviews, and sample syllabi.
    6. PAL: Perspectives in American Literature - A Research and Reference Guide
      1. Pages on American authors include bibliographies, biographies, and outside links. Information on literary movements and definitions, writing assignments, and historical perspectives.
    7. Poetry International
      1. International poets searchable by country or name. Poems in original language and translation, biographies, articles, and recordings.
    8. Poets’ Corner
      1. Includes work by roughly 800 poets. Individual poems and a selection of book-length collections, including anthologies.
    9. Representative Poetry Online
      1. Collection of poetry from Old English to the present day. Includes a glossary, timeline, and selection of criticism.