A poet's corner
Browse these sites to read your all-time favourite poems/ poets, besides some new ones
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
William Henry Davies
IN THIS busy bustling life to survive the rat race, take some time for yourself and indulge in your favourite poetry. The following websites offer good poetry for free and will refresh your mind after a tiring day. Whether you want to become a poet, or just admire the works of good ol' Shakespeare and Shelley, the Net provides you with plenty of opportunities.
http://www.poetry.com/: This website has a comprehensive collection of poems under various classifications. It claims to have poems of about 5.1 million poets. Updated everyday, the portal has poetry competitions and tips to indulge yourself in creating poetry. Browse away to glory ye' bard. This site also offers audio enhanced recordings of poems.
http://eserver.org/poetry/: This site has a large collection of poems written by W.H. Auden to William Wordsworth. It also includes complete texts of Beowulf, Don Juan, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Illiad. A delight for poetry lovers. It also has links to some other websites and magazines offering free poetry online.
Funny poetry for kids
http://www.gigglepoetry.com/: It is an out-and-out children's website. As the name suggests, it has a collection of funny poems for children to read and enjoy. They can take part in competitions, rate poems, read interviews of their favourite poets and learn much more. It has an eye-catching home page design and will be a hit with children. A very interesting and educative way of spending quality vacation time.
http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/: This site has a library of poems that cover a multitude of authors and poems that go back to thousands of years. This offers poems by the author's name, title of the poem and also by the subject of the poem. The site also has the biographies of poets and the portraits of 125 bards. The home page is attractive and creates the mood for a soul-searching experience.
http://holyjoe.org/poetry/index.htm: This site offers a new poem every week and has a comprehensive list of poems in its archives. All poems appear in comic font and are fun to read. The classification is done by the names of poets and also gives the time of the poets' existence along with their collections of poems.
http://eir.library.utoronto.ca/rpo/display/index.cfm: This site has an anthology of poems of a large number of poets, some of who are not all that famous but nevertheless have contributed some soulful poetry. This site offers a gamut of search options like by the name of the poet, name of the poem, first line of the poem, and timeline of the poem.
Academy of American poets
http://www.poets.org/: This portal has an exhaustive collection of poems of all American poets. It offers a variety of links including audio enhanced poems, biographies and discussion forums. You can find poems by the name or by the author's name.
http://www.poemtree.com/: This site has an anthology of both traditional and modern poetry. It emphasises metered poetry but also has some free verse. Poems can be found by the name of the author and are regularly updated. It is one of the few places that cover contemporary poetry. The site has articles and essays on poetry and regularly accepts feedback and comments.
http://www.urdupoetry.com/: This site is dedicated to ghazal and nazm lovers. The poetry archives are classified alphabetically and also by the names of poets. The site also offers a column for translation of English words into Urdu. There is a transliteration scheme that simplifies the readers' understanding of Romanised Urdu poetry. It accepts contributions from the visitors also.
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