10 Poems to Get You in the Spirit of Fall

Ready for some fall poetry?

Check out these poems and let us know which one is your favorite! Read more

Reflections on our fathers: Celebrate Father’s Day with free poems

In honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17th, we’ve granted access to the following poems for free for an entire month — five popular poems in which the author is addressing or reflecting upon their father. And, if you’re still in need of some last-minute gift ideas for your dad this weekend, check out Bessie Gergely’s post on the CengageBrainiac blog, “Honor your dad with these Father’s Day gift ideas he’s sure to love!Read more

Honoring LGBT Pride Month with free poetry analysis and reference works on LGBT poets

Poet Gertrude Stein

Poet Gertrude Stein

Gay rights have come a long way over the years. Even President Obama took the time to honor LGBT pride with his recent LGBT Pride Month Proclamation that you can read on We’re honoring LGBT Pride Month by sharing poetry analysis on the five most researched LGBT poets on Questia. We’ve opened up our library to make the reference works on the poets cited below free for a whole month. Visit our topic page on poetry for even more poetry analysis and quality research.

Allen Ginsberg:  A self-proclaimed “novelist in the making,” Ginsberg is remembered for writing about taboo topics and alternative form of sexuality and was also a leading figure in the Beat Generation, which was a group of post-World War II writers and poets who helped introduce a liberalized culture. Read more

Free poems online from ancient epics through the Middle Ages

Chaucer's "The Cook"

Illustration from an edition of The Canterbury Tales depicting a cook with a meathook

In honor of National Poetry Month, we’re releasing a list of our library’s top five most researched poems from the ancient epics through the Middle Ages, and making them available for free for an entire month. Check out some of the oldest epic poems ever written. In their time, they used to be more frequently performed aloud rather than read! Visit our topic page on poetry for even more poetry, critical analysis and quality research.

  1. Beowulf This epic poem, “the oldest epic narrative in any modern European tongue,” tells the story of Beowulf, a hero who defeats the monster Grendel as well as his mother, who is terrorizing Hrothgar, King of the Danes. Most likely dating back to the eighth century, the author of Beowulf is unknown, though it’s believed that portions of the story must have originally began circulating by oral transmission. Read more

Free poems and poetry criticism this National Poetry Month

Title page of the first edition of John Milton’s “Paradise lost” from 1668.

Title page of the first edition of John Milton’s “Paradise lost” from 1668.

Questia honors National Poetry Month with free online access to popular poems from the Renaissance to today

While students focus on poetry this National Poetry Month, we at Questia are helping them access free poems and poetry criticism. We’ve released a list of our library’s top ten most researched poems from the Renaissance through today, and made reference works on each of them free for all of April.

  1. Paradise Lost by John Milton: Paradise Lost details one of the most famous stories in history: Adam and Eve’s banishment from the Garden of Eden, and the fall of mankind through Satan’s temptations. [Miner, Earl and William Moeck and Steven Jablonski. Paradise Lost, 1668-1968: Three Centuries of Commentary. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2004.] Read more