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Reference Works (some out of print)  
The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary edited by Lesley Brown The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary

New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics edited by Alex Preminger and T.V.F. Brogan

The standard reference source. It's invaluable. (Howard Miller)

New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics

The Complete Rhyming Dictionary edited by Clement Wood, revised by Ronald J. Bogus

Perhaps the best of all rhyming dictionaries. Also contains "The Poet's Craft Book," a solid introduction to meter, rhyme, form, and the language of poetry. (Howard Miller)

The Complete Rhyming Dictionary
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White et al. The Elements of Style

The Longman Dictionary of Poetic Terms by Jack Myers and Michael Simms. Longman, New York & London, 1989. (out of print)

The reason I find it so useful is for Appendix 1 & Appendix 2. Appendix 1 is a general list of literary andpoetic terms. If you want a list of "FORMS" of poetry they have sublists under the heading FORMS such as: fixed forms (alcaics, arte mayor, ballad, ballade, etc.), semi-fixed forms, stanzaic forms, etc. Appendix 2 is a list of "rhetorical, poetical, and logical devices." Unlike most dictionaries of poetic or literary terms, these appendices show how all the listings in the dictionary are grouped together. For a beginning writer if the "sonnet" is the only fixed form you know of, thumbing through an entire dictionary is daunting. With these appendices you can find all the others. (Andrea Brice)

 
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2002 Poet's Market: 1,800 Places to Publish Your Poetry (Nancy Breen, Editor)

An annual publication providing a wealth of information on thousands of publishers and editors, both in print and on the web. It also includes valuable information on the process of submitting work, as well as information on grants, contests, workshops, and conventions. (Rachel a.k.a. TheBroad)

2002 Poet's Market: 1,800 Places to Publish Your Poetry

General Works | Meter, Rhyme & Poetic Form | Anthologies & Other | Reference Works