Poetry resources exist for people who want to learn about poetry, practice writing poetry, or even just meet other poets or poetry enthusiasts. A poet can find resources for navigating the poetry publishing industry, as well as information about submitting to poetry contests. As such, there are poetry resources available for everyone from new and experienced poets to those who simply enjoy reading poetry.
For those who want to learn more about poetry and poets, or learn how to write poems, educational poetry resources can help. These resources can range from high school literature classes and college poetry courses to local community groups or online forums. Books about the history of poets, as well as those about reading and writing certain kinds of poems, also are helpful for learning purposes. Such resources can help students, group members, or aspiring poets learn about the time periods of certain poem types and what worked to influence the subject matter and style of poems from various eras. They might even help a person better understand the language used in some poems.
Online and offline poetry resources exist for poets and poetry fans to meet, discuss poems, and share tips about writing poems, getting published, and entering contests. Writers might search the Internet for poetry forums and message boards, especially those connected to larger websites that provide information articles and other sorts of poetry resources. They might even find blogs and social media and networking websites they can join. Depending on age or eligibility requirements, poets might join poetry groups hosted by local high schools, colleges, or universities. Some professional poets or even amateurs or hobbyists might organize poetry groups in their communities.
Often, new and even established poets will look for poetry resources dealing with publishing poems. Like other kinds of resources, those dealing with publishing can be found both online and offline. Although poets can directly contact poetry publishers, usually it’s easier for them to have access to larger databases of information about multiple publishers. Various websites are dedicated to providing such information, as are e-mail newsletters, blogs, and message boards. Printed materials, such as poetry-related or literary magazines and annual collections of publishers’ information, can help them locate appropriate publishers, too.
Contests are a popular way for poets to gain recognition, become published, and earn money for their poems. Similar to publishing poetry resources, those related to contests can come in the form of an online or offline group, newsletters, magazines, and books with information about regularly held contests. Oftentimes, poetry resources related to contests are tied in with resources related to other areas of poetry.