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English & Literature: Poetry Resources

Robeson Community College Library's guide to English and literature resources

North Carolina Poetry Connection

The poet laureate is appointed by the Governor of North Carolina in consultation with a panel of literary professionals who represent the state’s geographical, racial and literary diversity. The laureate typically serves a two-year term, renewable at the governor’s discretion and receives a $15,000 annual stipend from the N.C. Arts Council along with staff support.

Each state poet laureate shapes the position based on his or her own strengths through a long-term project or program of special interest. However, all poets laureate share the following duties: travel across the state to engage writers and readers of all ages in schools and communities, communication with the press, and writing commemorative poems for historical or culturally important occasions.

Popular Forms of Poetry

Consider these different forms of poetry and view the plethora of poetry forms at techniques at Poets.org

From the Italian sonetto, which means "a little sound or song," the sonnet is a popular classical form that has compelled poets for centuries. Traditionally, the sonnet is a fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter, which employ one of several rhyme schemes and adhere to a tightly structured thematic organization. Two sonnet forms provide the models from which all other sonnets are formed: the Petrachan and the Shakespearean. - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5791#sthash.0KlnFccz.dpuf
From the Italian sonetto, which means "a little sound or song," the sonnet is a popular classical form that has compelled poets for centuries. Traditionally, the sonnet is a fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter, which employ one of several rhyme schemes and adhere to a tightly structured thematic organization. Two sonnet forms provide the models from which all other sonnets are formed: the Petrachan and the Shakespearean. - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5791#sthash.0KlnFccz.dpuf
From the Italian sonetto, which means "a little sound or song," the sonnet is a popular classical form that has compelled poets for centuries. Traditionally, the sonnet is a fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter, which employ one of several rhyme schemes and adhere to a tightly structured thematic organization. Two sonnet forms provide the models from which all other sonnets are formed: the Petrachan and the Shakespearean. - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5791#sthash.0KlnFccz.dpuf
From the Italian sonetto, which means "a little sound or song," the sonnet is a popular classical form that has compelled poets for centuries. Traditionally, the sonnet is a fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter, which employ one of several rhyme schemes and adhere to a tightly structured thematic organization. Two sonnet forms provide the models from which all other sonnets are formed: the Petrachan and the Shakespearean. - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5791#sthash.0KlnFccz.dpuf

Haiku:   an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively; also :  a poem in this form usually having a seasonal reference

Limerick: a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.

Hickory dickory dock,
the mouse ran up the clock;
the clock struck one
and down he run;
hickory dickory dock.
—Mother Goose
 
   

From the Italian sonetto, which means "a little sound or song," the sonnet is a popular classical form that has compelled poets for centuries. Traditionally, the sonnet is a fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter, which employ one of several rhyme schemes and adhere to a tightly structured thematic organization. Two sonnet forms provide the models from which all other sonnets are formed: the Petrachan and the Shakespearean. - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5791#sthash.0KlnFccz.dpuf

Writing Poetry and Getting Your Poetry Published

Spoken Word

Spoken word poetry is poetry that is written on a page but performed for an audience. Because it is performed, this poetry tends to demonstrate a heavy use of rhythm, improvisation, free association, rhymes, rich poetic phrases, word play and slang. It is more aggressive and “in your face” than more traditional forms of poetry.

View the article and accompanying videos, 10 Spoken Word Performances that unfolded like lyrical origami

Explore Poetry and Spoken Word with PBS:

Enjoy the rhythm of poetry and spoken word with this special collection of videos and web-exclusive features from trusted producers and PBS member stations.

Enjoy this spoken word performance by Shane Koyczan about his childhood experience.

What is a Poem?

A poem is a piece of writing that usually has figurative language and that is written in separate lines that often have a repeated rhythm and sometimes rhyme.

 

Recommended Poetry Databases at RCC

Poetry Anthologies at RCC Library

Poetry Magazine

A selection of old and new poems from Poetry Magazine; changes daily.

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Poem of the Day

Poems of the Day from Poetry Magazine.  A new Poem every day!

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