Answered By: Patty Clark (Research Librarian)
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2017     Views: 12

A poetry criticism provides analysis of a poem or a poet's work. Criticisms can be found in books, articles and on websites.

A literary criticism is a more general term and is the study, discussion, evaluation, and interpretation of literature.

For criticisms about a specific poet's work, search using the poet's name and the term criticism. (e.g. Tennyson and criticism).

Many books containing poetry criticisms include several poets. It is helpful to know biographical information on the poet when searching.

Example of book containing poetry criticism: After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement.

For further information, you may want to check out the Library's Poetry Research Guide which has a tab for Criticisms and Interpretation

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