American Poets

In the past century there has been a wealth of new American Poets.
This selection includes some of the contemporary American poets and also the great early American poets such as Whitman, Emerson and Dickinson who in many ways were the groundbreakers for modern American literature. In the 20th Century there has also been a wealth of new female poets

Contemporary / Modern American Poets

Early American Poets

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External Websites

The Academy Of American Poets

The Academy was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. To fulfill this mission, the Academy administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; the Online Poetry Classroom, an online resource providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of nearly 500 recordings dating back to the 1960s; and, our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives an average of 400,000 unique users each month.

Modern American Poetry

An Online Journal and Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2000)
Edited by Cary Nelson

Further Reading

Fifty Years of American Poetry : Over 200 Important Works by America’s Modern Masters
by Academy of American Poets, Joyce L. Vedral, Robert Frost

Eight American Poets :An Anthology
by JOEL CONARROE including the American poetsRoethke, Bishop, Lowell, Berryman, Sexton, Plath, Ginsberg and Merrill

Six American Poets :An Anthology
by JOEL CONARROE. Including 6 of the greatest American Poets Whitman, Dickinson, Williams, Stevens, Frost and Hughes