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Poetry: Examples

An introduction to reading and writing about poetry

Examples of Poets along with Books, Essays, Criticism, and More

Below, you will find three poets: National Youth Poet Laureate and 2021 Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman; American Book Award winner and Stegner Fellow Solmaz Sharif; and classic American lyrical poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Edna St. Vincent Millay. They are presented in one column each, along with books of their work, article and essays about them or their poems from our database, and samples of articles or information from the internet. 

 

These examples are to give you an idea of how one might start with a poem or poet, then find books, other works, or academic or popular articles you can use for assignments. 

Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb," during the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021.

 

 

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman

Academic Articles and Reviews From Our Databases

A Small Sample of Quality Articles and Reviews From the Internet

Other Resources

Presidential Inauguration Poems (Only Four Presidents Have Had These)

John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration:

1961: Robert Frost, “The Gift Outright.”
 

Bill Clinton’s Inaugurations:

1993: Maya Angelou, “On the Pulse of Morning.”
1997: Miller Williams, “Of History and Hope.”

 

Barack Obama’s Inaugurations:

2009: Elizabeth Alexander, “Praise Song for the Day.”

2013: Richard Blanco, “One Today.”

 

Joe Biden’s Inauguration:

2021: Amanda Gorman, “The Hill We Climb" video and text

Articles About Presidential Inauguration Poems

Solmaz Sharif Bio and Related Information From Our Database

Her Book in Our Collection

Anthologies that Include Her Poetry

Academic Articles and Reviews From Our Databases

A Small Sample of Quality Articles and Reviews From the Internet

Other Resources

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay Bio and Related Information From Our Database

Academic Articles and Reviews From Our Databases

Her Books in Our Collection

Books About Her in Our Collection

A Small Sample of Quality Articles and Reviews From the Internet

Anthologies at Cañada that Include Her Poetry

Other Resources