How do you find a poem when all you remember is the first line or the title?
We have two excellent resources you can use to track down that elusive poem: one in print, the other online.
In this post, let’s use the two volumes of the Granger’s Index:
The Columbia Granger’s Index to Poetry in Collected and Selected Works.
The Columbia Granger’s Index to Poetry in Anthologies.
You can find Granger’s in the Arts, Recreation and Literature Department in the Central Library.
Let’s use some examples to explore the Index to Collected and Selected Works: The book is divided into three sections, each arranged alphabetically:
Title and First Line Index
The first line is listed, followed by the title, Uphill and the author, Christina Rossetti. CP-Ros-C1 is the letter code for her collected poems.
The list of Collected and Selected Works indicates that the title is Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti, Vol. 1.
The Index to Poetry in Anthologies indexes last lines, as well as first lines and titles.
They also serve who only stand and wait. (LL ) On His Blindness. John Milton.
On His Blindness is the title, and the author is John Milton. About 25 anthologies are listed.
Who wrote a poem called “The Elwha River”?
The author is Gary Snyder, and only one anthology is listed: The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. I include this example because this poem is not listed in the Index to Selected and Collected Works.