Few websites provide access to criticism of individual poems.
The Modern American Poetry website,
listed below, is one of few sites of which we are aware that offer poetry explications
for works produced by a large number of poets. Some sites, such as the Walt
provide online explications of poems written by a single poet. We do not attempt
to list these sites.
Poetry: An Online Journal and Multimedia Companion to Anthology
of Modern American Poetry. Oxford
Press, 2000. Ed. Cary Nelson. 2002. 4 Nov.
Includes scholarly commentary on the works of approximately 160 modern
poets, including explications of individual poems. See, for example, criticism
of T.S. Eliot's The
ipl2 Literary Criticism Collection. 4 Apr. 2013. <http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/>.
Links to critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.
Corner - Poems.Thomson Gale. 4 Nov. 2005. <http://www.galegroup.com/free_resources/poets/poems/index.htm>.
A free resource from Thompson Gale that provides brief explications of selected
poems, including Edgar Allan Poe's "The
Raven," Emily Dickinson's "Because
I could not stop for Death," and William Blake's "The
Poetry Online: Prose and Verse Criticism of Poetry. University of Toronto.
Ed. Ian Lancashire. 4 Nov. 2005. <http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/content/prose-and-verse-criticism-poetry>.
Founded by the University of Toronto, Representative
Poetry Online provides
acess to nearly 3,200 English poems by 500 poets. Its page on Prose and
Verse Criticism of Poetry links to commentary of several well- known poems,
such as John Keats's "Ode
to a Nightingale," Robert Browning's "My
Last Duchess," and
Matthew Arnold's "Dover
Criticism of poems can often be found through by conducting keyword searches
of search engines such as Google and Yahoo! Using
keywords such as a poem's title along with criticism, analysis,
or introduction frequently will return sites that
provide explications of the poem. There also exist Web portals such as the Internet Public Library's Literary
Criticism collection that may lead you to criticism of individual poems.