Poetry Is Everywhere at the Library of Congress!

Mural depicting Lyric Poetry (Lyrica). Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building

April brings the proverbial showers, but it also brings poetry month! We’ve written quite a bit about poetry.  And, of course, the Poetry and Literature Center frequently writes about poetry; explore the Literary Treasures category in their blog to find some gems. But colleagues all over the Library dig deep, and find sometimes-surprising connections. Poetry abounds at the Library of Congress, and here are some places to find more!

  • The Library of Congress blog has a Poetry category. Recently, it published a compilation of resources on Ukraine, including poetry in Ukrainian culture.
  • Inside Adams, from the Library’s science and business division mused about Emily Dickinson and the science of poetry.
  • When I started looking for poetry in other blogs, I was delighted (and a bit surprised) to find that our colleagues at the Law Library have also written about poetry, ranging from James Weldon Johnson to A. A. Milne.
  • Our colleagues who work with the international collections write regularly about poetry. Check out this celebration of women in poetry from a couple of years ago.
  • Have fun with poetry activities created especially for children and families, including a series on screen-free poetry.

    illustration for the poem “Inscriptions for a Friend’s House”

    Life was made for love and cheer

  • Picture This shared the illustrations for Van Dyke’s “Inscriptions for a Friend’s House” and select other poems.
  • Copyright protects creativity, and that includes poetry, whether it’s the work of Gwendolyn Brooks, Joy Harjo, or the lyrics of a musical.
  • Poetry was once a regular feature in newspapers and the experts who work with those collections offer these tips to help you discover poetry in old newspapers.
  • The recorded sound collections include poetry, too!
  • And our colleagues in the American Folklife Center explore the many an varied connections between folklore and poetry. They recently wrote this guide to resources featured in a podcast on folklore and poetry.

Wherever you or your students find poetry in the Library’s collections, we welcome you to leave a comment sharing your discoveries.

Do you enjoy these posts? Subscribe! You’ll receive free teaching ideas and primary sources from the Library of Congress.