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Poetry and Poetics

This site is an archive of commentaries on poems, and more extended essays on literary production, reception and form, written by English majors at New Hampshire’s public liberal arts institution, Keene State College.

Our goal is to create an educational forum to demonstrate that there is more to poetry than poems published in school anthologies, and that poetry and poetics is a living process. We are interested in sharing the excitement and controversies among readers and writers of poetry as they wrestle with broader questions about language, culture and imagination. To this end, we offer comments on both exemplary and representative poems of poets who have shaped the tradition of writers and readers, as well as discussions of the poems that have surfaced more recently as a result of archival and editorial work. We are also interested in poetics, including the critical and theoretical conversation concerned with American poetry, the historical and cultural contexts in which poetry has been written, and the diverse ways poems have been (and continue to be) read.