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Poets and Poetry

Use this guide to deepen your appreciation of and to explore information and resources related to poets and poetry. 

About Videos

Videos can be a rich source of information for research, adding visual, sound, and movement to illustrate concepts beyond what can be described in words. Feature films and documentaries on DVD are available in each campus library, and are listed in the library catalog along with the books. Streaming video can be accessed through the library databases. These range from short educational and historical film clips to full-length movies and documentaries. 

Searching for Videos

Use the video search below to find films and videos in different formats. DVDs are available for checkout and can be requested to be sent from one campus to another. Many films are available to stream. 



or go to the Streaming Media Guide for more collections and information.

Films on Demand

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Films on Demand (FOD) is a wonderful database that offers access to film and film segments in many subject areas including poetry. Films can be viewed in their entirety or by short segments, making them ideal for presentations.  Once logged into the database, try a keyword search such as "poetry" to see a range of available videos. Search for the name of a known poet, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, etc,

A sampling of films on poetry offered through Films on Demand: (Login required for off-campus access)

Find Poetry Video Clips


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You will also be able to find many other useful videos about a poetry on free Internet sites such as  YouTube. Try a phrase such as "def poetry jam" or a name of a poet such as "Rumi" or "Billy Collins" for example.

NOTE: YouTube is a classic example of one of the strengths and weaknesses of the Internet, which is the fact that anyone can post videos. As such, the quality and scholarly acceptability of videos varies greatly. There may be useful video clips on YouTube, however, so it is worth a look. Before referencing any material from YouTube (or other video sites on the Internet) in a paper or using a clip in a presentation, though, it is highly advisable to check with your instructor concerning the acceptability of the video for the assignment.

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000