Use the form below to search Google, one of the best Internet Search Engines
available. If the information you're looking for is on the internet, chances
are Google will find the location
When searching for the complete text of the poem, you will have the best
results if you can remember a phrase or word from the poem that is unlikely to
be in another text; "I have measured out my life in coffee spoons" is
a better piece of text to search with than, "Let us go then, you and
I." Add the word "poem" to your search to eliminate results that
Listed below are more search engines, including some sites dedicated to
poetry where you can search by time period, author, or theme.
Internet: Search Engines
Want to know who wrote a poem and only know the first line? Try one of these
search engines. You'd be surprised at what's on the Internet. If you don't find
what you want on one site, try another. Different sites come up with different
results for the same query.
The easiest way to search my site is to load the page of the appropriate
category and use the search function of your browser. (Ctrl-F on most PC
- About.com, a continuing review
of websites compiled by guides, who also post articles relevant to their field.
Their poetry page is here.
- Bartlett's Familiar
Quotations, and excellent place to serach for that poem from which you
only know one line. Hosted by Bartlelby.com
- Drowningman.net, an
excellent site containing links to over 300 literary publications.
- CMU English Server
has searchable text of over 20,000 literary works.
- FindPoetry, a very
comprehensive searchable index of poetry sites.
- Google, an automated search
engine that uses a different algorithm than others. Recommended.
- HTI American Verse
Project, an ambitious collaborative project between the University of
Michigan and UM Press to archive all American Poetry published before 1920.
small list of hand-picked poetry sites.
- Pilot-Search a
literary index. Like Yahoo!, sites are divided into categories.
- PoemHunter.com, an excellent search engine for poems and poets.
- Yahoo!, one of the first search
engines. Extensive categories, so you can browse if you're not sure what you're
- Amazon.com, "the Earth's
- Barnes and Noble, the
on-line mega-presence of their world-wide chain of bookstores.
- Moe's Books, the web site of
the Berkeley bookstore, they offer out-of-print and antiquarian selections.
- Bookfinder.com, allows you
to search several databases for out of print and used books.
- Used Books Search, 45
million used books worldwide to search, browse and buy online.
- Writers' Digest
publishers of reference books for writers, including annual war horses like
Poets' Market and Writers' Market
Internet: Free Web Pages
Want to put your own poems on the web? Are you unhappy that no one seems to
have a site for your favorite poet? These sites will host your web site for
Most of the sites listed here are commercial sites and their listing here
does not constitute an endorsement by me. These companies that offer products
or services that poets may find useful.
Softwares, other services
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