Best Sources of Public Domain (Out of Copyright) Poetry
and Information about Classic Poets and Poetry
A Bibliography for Rhapsodes – Books to help you become a better rhapsode, including Anthologies of Poetry, Prosody and Poetic Forms, Performance, and General Information.
Links to Other Useful Sites
Poetry Out Loud – The National Endowment for the Arts National Recitation Contest. Initiated in 2005. Excellent anthology and audio, video, and textual resources.
The Poetry Foundation – An independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
Academy of American Poets – Initiators of U.S. National Poetry Month (April). Filled with great classic and contemporary poetry and biographies of major poets.
PennSound at the University of Pennsylvania – an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives.
Electronic Poetry Center at the University of Buffalo – Contemporary poets, their writings and recordings. Their Portal page is filled with great links as well.
What is a Classic? Essay by Charles Augustin Saint-Beuve in The Harvard Classics (1909-1914)
A true classic, as I should like to hear it defined, is an author who has enriched the human mind, increased its treasure, and caused it to advance a step; who has discovered some moral and not equivocal truth, or revealed some eternal passion in that heart where all seemed known and discovered; who has expressed his thought, observation, or invention, in no matter what form, only provided it be broad and great, refined and sensible, sane and beautiful in itself; who has spoken to all in his own peculiar style, a style which is found to be also that of the whole world, a style new without neologism, new and old, easily contemporary with all time.