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The Chadwyck-Healey American Poetry Database

Full-text searching in the entire American Poetry Database

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Colonial Period, 1607-1766

Revolutionary Era, 1766-1799

Early Nineteenth Century, 1800-1829

Pre-Civil War Period, 1830-1860

The Civil War and Its Aftermath, 1861-1889

Late Nineteenth Century and Pre-Modernist Era, 1890-1914

Author-Title list for the entire American Poetry Database (Caution: long file!)

From the publisher, Chadwyck-Healey


Welcome to The American Poetry Full-Text Database. The works of more than 200 American poets are featured in the collection, along with six landmark anthologies of American poetry. The database gathers the works of the most influential American poets, from the Colonial period to the early twentieth century. A separate bibliography details all the works included.

A few words on editorial policy

An eminent editorial advisory board selected the authors for inclusion in American Poetry. Its principal bibliographic source was the Bibliography of American Literature, Yale University Press, 1955-1991, with additional poets included in the interest of presenting a more thorough and balanced collection. American Poetry aims not to be absolutely comprehensive, but rather to gather as complete a corpus as possible for major poets and for lesser-known writers of the era. The database is intended to cover American poetry from its earliest years through 1900, although a few poets primarily active after 1900 appear in the collection. The general editorial policy has been to rely on complete editions, where they are available, or to include editions published as nearly contemporaneous with each poet's death as possible. If necessary, multiple editions were incorporated in the interest of producing as complete a corpus for each poet as possible.

Generally, translations, non-English works, and prose works containing a small amount of dispersed poetry have been excluded. The emphasis of the database is on the actual text of the poems rather than on textual apparatus and front matter, which are generally excluded. A poet's own notes, however, are generally included. When material from a work is omitted for any of the above reasons, the omission is noted in the relevant bibliographic entry.

Last modified: June 27, 2005

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