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Corn, Alfred.  The Poem's Heartbeat: A Manual of Prosody.  Brownsville, OR: Story Line Press, 1997.


Fenton, James.  An Introduction to English Poetry.  London: Viking, 2002.


Fussell, Paul.  Poetic Meter and Poetic Form.  Rev. ed.  New York: Random House, 1979.


Gross, Harvey Seymour, ed.  The Structure of Verse: Modern Essays on Prosody.  Rev. ed.  New York: Ecco Press, 1979.


Gummere, Francis Barton.  A Handbook of Poetics, for Students of English Verse.  1902.  Boston: Adamant Media Corporation, 2001.


Hollander, John.  Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse.  Enl. ed.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.


Lennard, John.  The Poetry Handbook: A Guide to Reading Poetry for Pleasure and Practical Criticism.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.


Oliver, Mary.  Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.


Padgett, Ron, ed.  The Teachers and Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms.  2nd ed.  New York: Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 2007.


Saintsbury, George.  A History of English Prosody from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day.  2nd ed.  3 vols.  New York: Russell and Russell, 1961.


Strand, Mark, and Eavan Boland, eds.  The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms.  New York: W. W. Norton, 2000.


Turco, Lewis.  The New Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics.  Hanover: University Press of New England, 1986.




Eagleton, Terry.  How to Read a Poem.  Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007. (CL 808.1 E11H)


Nowottny, Winifred.  The Language Poets Use.  2nd ed.  London: Athlon Press, 1965.


The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English.  Ed. by Ian Hamilton.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.


The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.  Eds. Alex Preminger, Terry V. F. Brogan, and Frank J. Warnke.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1993.


Wainwright, Jeffrey.  Poetry: The Basics.  London: Routledge, 2004.


Specialized Dictionaries

Jobes, Gertrude.  Dictionary of Mythology, Folklore, and Symbols.  3 vols.  New York: Scarecrow, 1962.


Foreign Words and Phrases

Bliss, Alan Joseph.  A Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases in Current English.  London: Routledge, 1983.


The Browser's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases.  Eds. Mary Varchaver and Frank Ledlie Moore.  New York: Wiley, 2001.

The Facts On File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases.  Eds. Martin H. Manser and David H. Pickering.  New York: Checkmark Books, 2002.


A New Dictionary of Foreign Phrases and Classical Quotations: Comprising Extracts from the Works of the Great Writers, Idioms, Proverbs, Maxims, Mottoes, Technical Words and Terms.  1902.  Ed. Hugh Percy Jones.  Boston: Adamant Media Corporation, 2006.


The Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases.  Ed. Jennifer Speake.  Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005.



A Dictionary of Slang (links)



Dacey, Philip, and David Jauss, eds.  Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms.  New York: Harper and Row, 1986.



Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics




poetry in Ancient Egypt


Deaf Poetry

Melodies Unheard | Peter Cook (see excerpts from Flying Words Project performances) | Sign Language: ASL Poetry | Slope ASL special ed. | A Deaf Poetics Part I, II, III | Deaf Jam | ASL Poetry |


poetry in prisons

Burmese poetry

poetry and war

poetry in ancient China

poetry and therapy

poetry and children

poetry in Botswana

poetry is reality

poetry is fantasy


Poetry and Science

"Wright-ing" Prompt: Concrete Poetry | Sir Ronald Ross (1857-1932) | Science Poem of the Week


poetry and politics

poetry and religion

poetry in Bengal


Poetry and Music

Explore: Scriabin, The Poem of Ecstasy


commercialization of poetry

poetry and theory

Latin poetry


Madhusudan Dutta

Silver Age of Russian poetry

future of poetry

riddle poem, enigmata






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