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Poetry: Find Books

This guide covers the interpretation and criticism of poetry.

Recommended Subject Headings

Try searching these subject headings in the library's catalog:

Catalog Search Tips

When searching the catalog try combining the following terms:

Author name and "criticism" or "explication"

Poem title and "criticism" or "explication"


Reference Print Materials


Critical Survey of Poetry

REF 809.1 C869 2003


MasterPlots II: Poetry Series

REF 809.1 M393

MasterPlots is a great starting place when researching literature. It gives a summary of the work, and sometimes biographical information about the author and/or critical notes on the work


Contemporary Authors

REF 928 C767

Begin with the paperback Cumulative Index to find the location of your author. Check the updated series for any information that may have changed since the original series (death date, etc.)

Ready Reference

Articles on American Literature

RRef 016.81 L479

Use this source to help you find periodical resources on works of poetry or other literature.


Magill’s Bibliography of Literary Criticism

RRef 016/801 M272

Use this source to help you find books on works. The books we have in our library have checkmarks next to them.

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If the library does not have a book you need, we have services available to help you get it.

  • PASCAL Delivers  
    PASCAL Delivers is a service which finds books in other SC libraries and sends them to Mack Library for you to check out. Click here or use the link in the catalog to access this service.
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