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Gale Virtual Reference Library - Provides biographical and bibliographical information on 789 of the world's most important contemporary English-language poets, including 120 new to this edition. Entries include personal and career information, addresses, a detailed bibliography, a list of further reading sources, and more. Each entry also includes a signed critical essay covering each poet's career and works, written by an expert in the field.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library - This resource collects more than 115 volumes from such critically lauded For Students titles as Drama for Students, Novels for Students, Poetry for Students and Short Stories for Students. Volumes in each series explore the most often studied works of literature in detail, providing author information; plot summaries; discussions of principal themes, plot, characters, setting, etc.; age-appropriate historical and cultural commentary; and full text criticism.

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This database is the definitive source for brief plot summaries, character profiles, and critical analyses of the most studied works of literature. It covers works by more than 8,500 long and short fiction writers, poets, dramatists, and essayists, and provides more than 15,000 biographical records. Included are the full texts of Masterplots, Masterplots II, and 35 volumes of Salem Press Critical Surveys.

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Poets.org on poets, their work, and more from The Academy of American Poets 
Poetry (Library of Congress) information and webcasts 
Bartleby text works of many well known poets 
The Poetry Archive about poets and their works including audio clips  
Youth Speakshttp://youthspeaks.orgPerformance poetry for teens