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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



Citizen book cover

Holman Library main collection Call Number: 814.6 R211c 2014

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

From - Shelter in Poems

For Poetry Month and in response to sheltering in place, has invited readers to submit their favorite poems from the collection. Open the link below to find Shelter in Poems.

Want to submit a poem? Find them on social media with the hashtag #ShelterInPoems. 

From who print it with permission of the poet Naomi Shihab Nye: 

Poem - Gate A-4 part1

Poem - Gate A-4 part2

Poem - Gate A-4 part3