Spotlight on National Poetry Month

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Featured Biography from Biography in Context: Theodor Seuss Geisel/Dr. Seuss
One of the most widely read poets, Theodor Seuss Geisel gained his fame in the world of children’s literature under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. Though he was told at an early age he couldn’t draw, Geisel went on to publish more than 50 books and become a household name. Click the link to read more about the infamous Dr. Seuss, including how he got his start as the student editor of Dartmouth’s humor magazine, produced war films for the Allied forces, and came up with the rhythm of one of his books on a cruise ship crossing the Atlantic.
In Your Library: Modern Poetry
The library has a large selection of poetry available for checkout, including the National Book Award winner for poetry, Bewilderment by David Ferry. Browse our selection through the online catalog and come pick up some poems for your reading pleasure! Need help understanding poetry? The library also has plenty of poetry criticism to help you get into the mind of the poets, all available for three week checkout.
The Poetry Foundation
A free online resource that offers access to over 10,000 poems as well as information on over 6,000 poets. Poems are organized by subject, occasion, and poetic terms, with select poems and poets supplemented with criticisms and critiques.
Favorite Poem Project
Founded by Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, the Favorite Poem Project called upon American citizens to create videos of themselves reading their favorite poem. Over 18,000 videos were submitted by individuals ranging from 5 to 97 years old. Find a new favorite by visiting the FPP website, which highlights 50 of these videos featuring 50 different people reading 50 different poems.
Map of Poems and Poets
The University of Toronto’s Representative Poetry Online website contains 4,700 poems from 723 poets, as well as relevant timelines, criticism, glossaries, and bibliographies. The map portion of the website combines four different types of location information about poems and poets with an interactive map, allowing you to see markers for all the places mentioned in poems and the locations where poets were born, lived, and died. Click on a marker to find a link to more information about the associated poet or poem.

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