The website poetryfoundation.org, as well as Poetry magazine, exist to help readers discover the best poetry written throughout the various literary periods. The foundation was established in 2003 with a gift from Ruth Lily, a philanthropist.
Today, the website, app, and social media feeds to engage with long-time lovers of poetry, and new readers, in an effort to broaden the audience for all poetic works.
What Does Poetry Foundation Offer?
Poetry Foundation is a well-organized, award-winning database of poetry, prose, and author biographies. The website also features collections or organized lists of poems on similar themes or topics. These collections range from Spiritual Poetry to Pacific Islander Poetry and Culture.
Poetry Foundation also has an audio section of their website in which readers can listen to poems and essays read aloud. One of the more recently added pieces is ‘Bilbea’ read by its poet, Carl Sanburg. There are also audio versions of poems like ‘The Tyger‘ by William Blake and ‘The Double Image’ by Anne Sexton. Some of these are read by the poets who wrote them, and others are read by actors.
In the “Prose” section of the website, readers can find essays on literature taken from Poetry magazine as well as those published on the website. Examples include essays written on poetic theory, such as “Female Tradition as Female Innovation” by Annie Finch and interviews with contemporary poets like Aria Aber and Mark Nowak.
What Does Poem Analysis Offer?
On Poem Analysis, poetry lovers will find analyses of all their favorite poems, and students will enjoy free, easy to access analyses of poems commonly, and less commonly, found on syllabuses around the world. These analyses provide readers, no matter their interest, with detailed information in regard to the poet’s style, use of literary devices, and personal context. Readers will also find summaries of each poem, clearly organized at the top of the article to make even the most complicated poem easy to digest. Some of the articles available on Poem Analysis include ‘I Hear America Singing’ by Walt Whitman, ‘Don’t Go Far Off’ by Pablo Neruda as well as other types of articles like 10 Famous Petrarchan Sonnets, and 10 of the Best Gothic Poems.
What more, the Poem Analysis brand has continued into books, with Book Analysis. With this site, you’ll find summaries, analyses, and reviews of books, with a whole range of information on each author, too, such as Franz Kafka.