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ENGL 113 Introduction to Poetry: Engl 113

English 113: Poetry

This guide is for students in English 113: Introduction to Poetry and any other students interested in reading and studying poetry. 

Pages above will help you:

  • Find Poetry
  • Contextualize poetry or a poet within history, biography, and literature
  • Find reviews and news on poets and poetry from the mainstream and other popular press
  • Find scholarly literary criticism
  • Give credit with MLA citations
  • Find help with Canvas and online resources
  • Find help from a librarian, tutoring center and more


The US Youth Poet Laureate, Inauguration Day Jan. 2021

Source: " The Hill We Climb, Inauguration Poem by Amanda Gorman " by Amanda Gorman, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Sample Poetry - Citizen: An American Lyric

Sample Poetry Criticism

From "Towards a Poetics of Racial Trauma: Lyric Hybridity in Claudia Rankine's Citizen" by Mary-Jean Chan. 

"I argue that Citizen is Rankine's attempt at creating a poetics of racial trauma which meditates on the effects of racial injustice as it manifests in the bodies of traumatized individuals. I draw upon theorists such as Judith Butler and Cathy Caruth whose work bears testament to how trauma often begins and ends with language (or its lack thereof), since moments of linguistic hurt tend to revisit individuals via memory as speech. Rankine's keen awareness of how linguistic injury registers in the body leads her to an adoption and adaptation of the lyric form, with Citizen aptly subtitled "An American Lyric." 

Chan, Mary-Jean. "Towards a Poetics of Racial Trauma: Lyric Hybridity in Claudia Rankine's Citizen." Journal of American Studies, vol. 52, no. 1, 2018, pp. 137-163. ProQuest