Here are five sites for giving students access to and understanding about great works of poetry. Poems on these sites can be downloaded to computers and/or printed in hard copy. In some cases, multimedia capabilities include readings of the poems.

1. NightClouds ( This site refers to itself as a resource for "discerning readers," and it has taken that mission to an extreme. Only 18 poets are anthologized, including W. H. Auden, Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, and D. H. Lawrence. The site includes select poems from


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