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ENGL 417: Modern/Contemporary Poetry: General Information

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Useful References

Literature Criticism Online contains the Poetry Criticism set full-text digitally.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online via Gale Cengage Learning (Full Text)
Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.

Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary
organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

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