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Books We Read: Poetry: Anthologies

The third in our series promoting library resources for pleasure reading, this poetry appreciation guide will provide information on how to locate and enjoy poems available for Rutgers users.

What is an Anthology?

An anthology is a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Its content might have been selected from titles by diverse authors, in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject. An anthology can be a great way to survey poetry on a particular topic, from a particular place and time, or in a particular style––and perhaps to discover your new favorite poet!

How to Find Anthologies

Rutgers University Libraries offer a wide variety of collections.

  • Type "anthology" into the search box in QuickSearch.
  • Use filter on the left: Available online for ebooks
  • Under Resource Types, choose Books
  • Under Subject, find the area you are interested in, such as
  • Poetry; English Poetry; Anthologies
  • Mix and match your filters for best results

TIP: Look at the Active filters of this search for an example.

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Find Poems by First Lines

Another way to read random poems (and discover a few new favorite authors) is browse poems by their first lines.

Featured Resource

Sample Anthologies

Anthologies come in a wide variety of forms, length, and quality. Why should you give them a try? If you are a fan of poetry, you already know that you can pick and choose from a collection of poems to your heart's desire without the pressure of having to read them all. A poetry anthology also gives a great chance not only to re-read your favorite poems, but to discover new poets, too.

Featured Anthologies

From the Web

Poetry and Science

Sample thematic collections from the Poetry Foundation

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