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English Literatures: Poetry

A guide to research resources for English, American, and Anglophone world literature.

Poetry Indexes

Browsing Areas

The following sections are good for browsing poetic works and books on poetry, which are shelved on the 5th floor of Lauinger Library.

PN 1010-1525 - Poetry

PN 6099-6110 - Collections of Poetry

PR 500-614 - English Poetry

PR 1170-1228 - Collections of English Poetry

PS 310-326 - American Poetry

PS 580-619 - Collections of American Poetry

Poetry can also be found scattered throughout the PR and PS sections; however, those titles are interspersed with other genres and non-fiction works.

Primary Sources - Poetry

Researching Poetry

Consult these sources to learn more about literary authors, periods, genres, texts, and their historical contexts.

Research Guides

Use the below guides to go deeper into your research.

Sample Subject Headings




Author as Subject

Last name, First name

Rich, Adrienne

National/Regional Literature

Nationality/Region + Literature

English literature

Irish literature

African literature (English)

Caribbean literature (English)

Literary Genre



Lyric Poetry


Nationality/Region + Genre

English poetry

American poetry

Caribbean poetry (English)

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