Poetry Subject Guide
George Abbe (1911-1989). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and other items from the prolific New England poet, novelist, and educator, including several unpublished works.
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1982). A draft of a poem and a letter from the great English poet, in the Richards Manuscript Collection; and a letter in the Manuscript File.
Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997). Several handwritten letters from the groundbreaking American poet, in various collections; including a long, significant letter concerning Howl, in the Richard Eberhart Collection.
Anais Nin (1903-1977). Several letters from the popular French poet, author, and diarist; in various collections.
John Williams Andrews (1898-1975). A small collection of manuscripts and printed items from the noted American poet, editor, and lawyer.
Richard Armour (1906-1989). Manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, and more from the popular American poet and literary critic, best known for his humorous and satirical verse and prose.
Ben Belitt (1911-2003). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and more from the acclaimed American poet and translator, best known for his English translations of Pablo Neruda's work.
Charles G. Bell (1929- ). Manuscripts from the recognized American poet, novelist, and educator.
Patricia Benton (1907-1983). Manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, audio recordings, photographs, and more from the recognized American poet.
Alicia Borinsky (1946- ). Manuscripts, correspondence, video recordings, and other material from the acclaimed Argentinian novelist, poet, literary critic, and educator.
Christopher Brookhouse (1938- ). Manuscripts, correspondence, and other items from the noted American poet and novelist.
Gray Burr (1919-2001). Manuscripts and correspondence from the noted American poet.
Olga Cabral (1909-1997). Manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, audio recordings, juvenilia, notebooks, and other items from the prominent Trinidadian poet.
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994). Over a hundred letters from the influential poet, novelist, and memoirst, to editor Doug Blazek, in the Richards Manuscript Collection; and a miniature hand-made book containing a short poem by Bukowski, in the Manuscript File.
Stanton Coblentz (1896-1982). Manuscripts, correspondence, and other material from the traditionalist American poet, editor, and novelist.
Evan S. Connell (1924-2013). Manuscripts and correspondence from the acclaimed American poet, novelist, editor, and short story writer, including drafts of two poems by Nelson Algren.
Cid Corman (1924-2004). Numerous manuscripts for poems from the celebrated American poet and translator, known for his translations of Japanese poetry and his mastery of East Asian poetry forms using English.
Hubert Creekmore (1907-1966). Manuscripts and correspondence, including letters from Anthony Boucher, Cleanth Brooks, Clifton Fadiman, Richmond Lattimore, Marianne Moore, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Richard Wilbur, and several other noted poets and writers.
Diane DiPrima (1934- ). Several manuscripts and correspondence from the acclaimed American poet. In the Richards Manuscript Collection.
Danilo Dolci (1924-1997). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, printed material, and other items from the revered Italian author and advocate for the poor, non-violence, and human rights.
e.e. cummings (1894-1962). Correspondence from the influential American poet, in various collections; and a short handwritten manuscript, in the Richards Manuscript Collection.
Richard Eberhart (1904-2005). A small collection of manuscripts and other items from the award-winning American poet, including a lengthy letter from Allen Ginsburg regarding Ginsburg's poem Howl.
Edna St. Vincent Miillay (1892-1950). Photographs and other documents from Millay's teenage years, compiled by a friend of hers, in the Martha Knight Collection.
Edwin Markham (1852-1940). Manuscripts, correspondence, and other items from the great American poet; in the Manuscript File, Robert Frost, and Richards Manuscript Collections.
James Facos (1924-). Manuscripts and correspondence from the noted Vermont poet, playwright and author.
Favorite Poem Project The collection consists of video tapes in various formats shot in various locations of public personalities reading their favorite poems.
Wallace Fowlie (1908-1998). Manuscripts and correspondence from the distinguished American poet, scholar, educator, and translator of French literature.
Richard Frost (1929-). Manuscripts and correspondence from the noted American poet and educator.
Robert Frost (1874-1963). A significant collection of manuscripts, correspondence, and other items from the legendary American poet, including early notebooks and numerous letters.
Stella Gibbons (1902-1989). Manuscripts, notebooks, and poetry from the English writer and author of Cold Comfort Farm.
Nikki Giovanni (1943-). A large collection of manuscripts, correspondence, printed items, and other material, comprehensively documenting the long career of one of America’s greatest African-American poets.
Gladys Schmitt (1909-1972). Typed draft of her poem "Sonnets for an Analyst," with handwritten markings; in the Manuscript File Collection.
Caroline Glyn (1947-1981) Manuscripts, notebooks, artwork, and other items from the prominent English poet, novelist, and artist.
Rumer Godden (1907-1998). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, research material, and other material from the prolific English author who grew up in what is now Bangladesh.
Bernard Grebanier (1903-1977). Manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, memorabilia, and other items from the distinguished American poet and literary critic, best known for his studies of William Shakespeare.
Arthur Gregor (1923-). Manuscripts, correspondence, and other items from the acclaimed poet and author, known for incorporating spirituality and mysticism into his themes and style.
James W. Hackett (1929-). Manuscripts, notebooks, and a scrapbook from the American master of the haiku form.
William Heyen (1940-). A large collection of manuscripts, correspondence, and other items from the acclaimed American poet, editor, and literary critic.
John Clellon Holmes (1926-1988). A significant collection of manuscripts, correspondence, diaries and journals, photographs, notebooks, and much more, from the groundbreaking American poet, novelist, critic, and seminal figure of the Beat Generation.
Langston Hughes (1902-1967). Manuscripts and other material from the legendary poet and author of the Harlem Renaissance.
Constance Hunting (1925-2006). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and more from the renowned New England poet, editor, and publisher.
Colette Inez (1931-). Manuscripts, correspondence, diaries, journals, artwork, and other material from the acclaimed poet and memoirist.
Josephine Jacobsen (1908-2003). Manuscripts, correspondence, and other items from the lauded poet, short story writer, critic, and U.S. Poet Laureate from 1971 to 1973.
Judson Jerome (1927-1991). Manuscripts, correspondence, research material, and other items from the venerable American poet and longtime author of a column on poetry for Writer's Digest; the collection includes letters from Robert Bly, John Ciardi, Langston Hughes, Frank O'Hara, John Crowe Ransom, Gary Snyder, and others.
Joanna Baillie (1762-1851). Several letters from the Scottish poet and playwright; in the Manuscript File.
Ted Joans (1928-2003). Manuscripts for several poems, includes audio recordings of Joans reading his work, from the avant-garde African-American poet and artist.
Gayl Jones (1949-). Several manuscripts of various works by the groundbreaking, acclaimed African-American novelist and poet, including her novels Eva's Man and Mosquito.
Karl Shapiro (1913-2000). Several letters by the recognized American poet; in various collections
Bob Kaufman (1925-1986). Manuscripts, printed items, and several audio recordings of readings from this significant member of the Beat Generation.
William Knott (1940-2014). Manuscripts, correspondence, and other material from the iconoclastic and influential poet.
Herbert Kuhner (1935-). Manuscripts, correspondence, audio recordings, and other items from the acclaimed Austrian poet, writer, and translator.
Maxine Kumin (1925-). Manuscripts and correspondence from the beloved poet and children’s author.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919- ). Six letters, dated 1959, 1968, and 1969, in the Roger Shattuck Collection; additional letters in other collections.
Miriam Levine (1939-). Manuscripts, correspondence, and other documents from the prominent poet, novelist, and memoirist.
Robert (1879-1949) and Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952) Manuscripts, correspondence, and other material from the prominent Irish writers, including letters from Robert Graves, Thomas Hardy, William Butler Yeats, and other literary figures.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972). A typed draft of her poem "What Are Years," in the Paul C. Richards Collection; and several letters in various collections.
Lenore G. Marshall (1897-1971). Manuscripts and other papers from the recognized novelist, poet, and peace activist.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968). Manuscripts and other items from the legendary American Catholic author, activist, and Trappist monk.
Ursule Molinaro (1916-2000). Manuscripts and other papers by this prolific and celebrated novelist, playwright, poet, and translator, including her final, unpublished novel.
Philip Murray (1924-). Manuscripts from the noted poet.
Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970). Manuscripts and letters from the acclaimed poet, including two unpublished poetry collections.
Rochelle Owens (1936-). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and other items from the trailblazing and influential avant-garde playwright, poet, and short story writer.
Deborah Saltonstall Pease (1943-2014). Manuscripts, correspondence, and personal papers from the recognized poet, fiction writer, and publisher, including several letters from May Sarton, Dana Gioia, Mary McCarthy, and others.
Carl Phillips (1959- ). Manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other items from the acclaimed African-American poet, author, and educator.
Robert Pinsky (1940- ). Manuscripts, correspondence, and other material from the acclaimed American poet, author, critic, and translator.
Anna Rabinowitz (1933- ). Manuscripts, correspondence, audio recordings, and other items from the recognized American poet, librettist and editor.
Robert Browning (1812-1889). Several letters from the beloved English poet; in the Manuscript File and the Richards Manuscript Collection.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977). Typed draft of a poem titled "Beyond the Alps," with notes by Lowell and John Berryman, in the Manuscript File; also, letters from Lowell in the Max Ascoli, Amiya Chakravarty, and Partisan Review Collections.
Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989). Several letters from the iconic American poet; in various collections.
Harry Roskolenko (1907-1980). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, journals, research, audio and video recordings, and other material from the noted American poet, novelist, and travel writer.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) and Family. Handwritten drafts of "Christabel" and "Dejection,"differing from the published versions, transcribed by Sarah Stoddart, ca. 1804; six short poems in Coleridge's hand; and correspondence, in the Manuscript File. Also, a draft of a sonnet by Coleridge's son, Hartley Coleridge; manuscripts by Coleridge's literary executor, Henry Nelson Coleridge; and a letter from Coleridge's granddaughter, Edith Coleridge; all in the Manuscript File.
Sonia Sanchez (1934-) Photographs and published writings from the legendary and influential African-American poet.
Aram Saroyan (1943-). Manuscripts, correspondence, audio recordings, diaries, and other items from the American poet and author.
May Sarton (1912-1995). Manuscript drafts of several poems, as well as some correspondence from the revered poet, author, lecturer, diarist, and essayist.
Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967). Several letters from the great English poet, known for his poetry regarding World War I.
Francis Scarfe (1911-1986). Manuscripts and correspondence, including letters from Henry Steele Commager, Cyril Connolly, T. S. Eliot, Robert McClellan, Herbert Read, Laura Riding, Stephen Spender, Ruthven Todd, and several others.
Ruth Lisa Schechter (1927-1989). Manuscript drafts of several poems, as well as some correspondence from the revered poet, author, lecturer, diarist, and essayist.
Webster Schott (1927-). Manuscripts and correspondence from the recognized poet, critic, and editor.
Elizabeth Sewell (1919-2001). Manuscripts, correspondence, research, diaries, audio, and other material from the distinguished and prolific poet, novelist, scholar, and critic.
Anne Sexton (1928-1974). Manuscripts for several short works by the great American poet.
Jane Shore (1947-). Manuscripts, correspondence, audio recordings, and much more from the acclaimed poet and educator.
Edith Sitwell (1887-1964). Correspondence and some manuscripts from the influential avant-garde poet, memoirist, and critic.
Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969). Manuscripts and correspondence from the English poet and playwright, including letters from T. S. Eliot, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw, and other literary figures.
Sacheverell Sitwell (1897-1988). Manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, a diary, and other items from the English poet, critic, and memoirist.
Paul Smyth (1944-2006). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and other material from the recognized American poet, author, and teacher.
T.S. Eliot (1888-1965). Several letters from the legendary poet, in various collections.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). Three letters and a signed photograph from the great English poet; in the Richards Manuscript Collection and the Manuscript File.
Thomas Moore (1779-1852). A letter from the acclaimed Irish poet and singer, in the Richards Manuscript Collection; and song lyrics, correspondence, and other items, in the Manuscript File.
Peter Thomas (1928-1997). Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio recordings, and other items from the poet and translator, known for his work tutoring, translating, and promoting the work of poets from Nigeria.
Arturo Vivante (1923-2008). Manuscripts from the Italian poet and short story writer.
Wallace Stevens (1879-1955). Letters from the acclaimed American poet; in the Partisan Review Collection.
Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864). Draft of a poem and a letter from the influential English poet and author; in the Manuscript File.
Rosanna Warren (1953-). Manuscripts for the anthology The Art of Translation, edited by Warren, presenting outstanding guest presentations at the Boston University Translation Seminar.
Afaa Michael Weaver (1951-). An extensive collection of manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, printed material, photographs, professional material, and other material from the acclaimed African-American poet, writer, and educator. Partially restricted.
Gordon Weaver (1937-). Manuscripts, correspondence, audio recordings, photographs, memorabilia, and much more, from the recognized poet, novelist, and short story writer.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). Several letters from the great poet; in the Richards Manuscript Collection and other collections.
William Lisle Bowles (1762-1850). Three short drafts by the influential English poet and critic; in the Manuscript File.
Franz Wright (1953-2012). Manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, and other items from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
Curtis Zahn (1912-1990). Manuscripts and correspondence from the noted poet and playwright, including letters from John Ciardi, Anais Nin, and others.