Resource Portals


Best Sources of Public Domain (Out of Copyright) Poetry
and Information about Classic Poets and Poetry

The Poetry Foundation
Academy of American Poets
Internet Archive
Project Gutenberg

Archaic Word Glossaries
The Phrontistery
The Encyclopedia of ARDA

A Beginner’s Guide to Prosody (Tina Blue) – A four-part series covering terms, meter, blank verse, and Anglo-Saxon accentual meter.
“Prosody for the 21st Century” by Timothy Steele

General Information
A Bibliography for Rhapsodes – Books to help you become a better rhapsode, including Anthologies of Poetry, Prosody and Poetic Forms, Performance, and General Information.

Rhapsodize Informative Podcasts

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.



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