Precious web resources in poetry

So, in this post we are reviewing a couple of web pages that can help you if you want to go deeper in the topic of poetry. Although this blog already provides good information, we can’t go over the centuries and centuries of poetry that is behind us, as well as the large amount of it that is written right now. Therefore, following this schema of the past and the present, here are two web-pages that cover up this two periods in time, in terms of poetry:

A media voz: This is an original Spanish site, so you can read poems of all languages, but they will be traduced. In appearance, this web is the typical one that has an enormous variety of authors with their respective poems, which are presented in a very messy way I should point out. But apart from that, the real feature that strikes me about this is that you have the possibility to HEAR the poems. You can download the voice of specialists or people in this poetry world reciting your favourite poem. But, and this is what I think is the real pearl of the site, you can even hear the authors reciting their own poems! That I believe is a real strong resource that can bring closer the audience to the sentiment that the poet wants to transmit. Away from technicalities, it’s just great!

The Poetry Society: This one is in English, and covers up news, competitions and contemporary publications, so it focus on present poetry, in contrast with the other site. To define what The Poetry Society is, I haven’t found a better definition than their own:

“The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”. Since then, it has grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine, The Poetry Review. With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. It runs the National Poetry Competition, one of the world’s longest-running and most prestigious prizes for an individual poem, and the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.”

So that’s basically all. I would give this web page a try because it’s pretty easy to use and very pleasant to the eye, apart from the obvious relevant content that it has.


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