Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Finding Poems by Location

The Representative Poetry Online (RPO) from the University of Toronto Libraries has created a Google Map called Places of Poems & Poets.

The map allows users to search for places mentioned in the RPO poetry collection. Users can also search for poets' birth places, death places and residences.

The information window for each poem contains a link that you can click through to read the poem about a location.

The poet Robert Frost said that "All literature begins with geography". Poetry Atlas agrees and also believe that nearly everywhere on Earth, at some point, has had a poem written about it.

The Poetry Atlas has therefore created a Google Map to try and geotag as many poems as they can and also find poems for as much of the world as possible. If you know about a poem that isn't on the map you can e-mail it to Poetry Atlas and they will add it to the map.

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