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The Poetry Archives

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Maintained by three students in the University of Georgia System, this site is an archive of free classical poetry. Users can search through the database of over 3,000 entries by author, title, and first line of poem.
Material Type: Learning Material
Date Added to MERLOT: July 13, 1999
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 19, 2014


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Language: English
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Avatar for Lisa Graham
2 years ago

Lisa Graham (Student)

I loved this website as a resource for students to use as a one stop reference especially since it contains many writings that are part of the high school curriculum. Technical Remarks: It was easy to use and straightforward for students. There wasn't any distracting information on the pages.

Time spent reviewing site: 1 day
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Avatar for Nancy Veiga
8 years ago

Nancy Veiga (Faculty)

This site would make a great resource for students searching for poetry to use for various poetry projects in my class. I intend to begin using this site with my students, who often seek a site that offers a variety of easy-to-access poetry.

Technical Remarks:

Very easy to use and negotiate, even for "non-poetry" people.

Avatar for Jason Kurtz
10 years ago

Jason Kurtz (Faculty)

This is an excellent database for classical poetry. An all-in-one source, there
is no need to look anywhere else. Easy to cut and paste into documents for

Technical Remarks:

Though not very "flashy", this site is simple, easy to navigate, and
straightforward-- just the thing for educators in a hurry.
Used in course

Avatar for Joe Antinarella
13 years ago

Joe Antinarella (Faculty)

I spent two hours reviewing the materials and various components of The Poetry Archive.

The Poetry Archive provides a wide collection of poems that are easily accessed by users. The website contains an archive of thousands of copyright free poems, many of which are often required reading in college literature courses.

The Discussion Forum feature of this website offers useful information for students interested in poetry analysis. The Forum has three specific components: General Discussion, Homework Assistance, User Submitted Poetry.

For students writing analysis papers, the general Discussion and Homework Assistance Forums are helpful for sharing ideas, asking questions and getting feedback from other readers of poetry. While these remarks are not from scholarly sources--they are generally from other students-- they are useful for reflective students hoping to develop a reasonable interpretation or analysis that makes sense.

The Poetry Archive claims "to provide the largest free archive of classical poetry available on the Internet with a simple user interface." The listing of poems is fairly comprehensive--certainly as diverse as any course literature anthology of poems.

Technical Remarks:

Navigating around the website is fairly easy and unencumbered. I found it to be a bit slow in jumping to specific commentary about the poems.

The search feature for specific authors, poems and discussion is easy to use but does not always take the use to the exact information requested.

Each poem listed on the website has three possible features to access: Links, Interpretations and Discussion. The Links and Interpretations features appear to be under construction--these are not in use at this time. Perhaps these will be live in the future; if so, this will significantly enhance the usefulness of the site.