Database of the Week: National Poetry Month

April 2021 is the 25th annual celebration of poetry and poets during National Poetry Month. This month is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the role poetry plays in our society. 

In honor of National Poetry Month, this week the Kenyon library is highlighting some unique poetry collections available in our Special Collections and our online databases:
  • Levey Collection of various twentieth century volumes of poetry and materials related to poetry and the craft of writing, especially in America, donated by Richard Levey. This is a collection of primarily print materials available in our Special Collections & Archives.
  • Literary Manuscripts, Leeds: 17th and 18th century poetry offers access to facsimile images of 190 manuscripts of 17th and 18th century verse, held in the Brotherton Collection at the University of Leeds. The manuscripts can be explored using the BCMSV database, which includes first lines, last lines, attribution, author, title, date, length, verse form, content, and bibliographic references for over 6,600 poems in the collection
  • The Charles Riker Collection consists of materials by and about the Irish poet William Butler Yeats. This is a collection of primarily print materials available in our Special Collections & Archives.

You will find more poetry collections on the research guide for English studies.

NOTE: When you are off campus, you will need to login with your Kenyon username/password and DUO to access the library's online resources. For more information on off-campus access, please watch our video on Off-Campus Login and Linking to Full-Text, one of the Middle Path Minute videos in the library's tutorial series on YouTube. 

To find any of the 460 databases available in the library's online collection, go to The library's entire collection of research databases may be found in this alphabetized list. Databases can help you find journal articles, video, audio, current & historical news, and much more.

If you ever have any questions about using any of the library's databases or on how to find more library resources, don't hesitate to contact the library's Research & Reference Desk or email a librarian

We are available to help you, wherever you are. The Research & Reference Desk is open Sunday through Friday (hours vary each day) via chat, text (740-444-4031), and email ( You may also make an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one help.