Discover who your ancestors were in over a million historical poems and songs printed in newspapers. Explore history, art and culture in old American poetry & songs dating back to the 1700s in our online newspaper archives.
Poems & Songs Search Tips
Use this search to find articles containing poems, epitaphs and songs in the historical newspaper archives. This online collection contains poetry and song as published in U.S. newspapers from 1707–1999.
Broad Poem & Song Search
To keep your poem and song search as broad as possible, search for only the author’s surname initially.
If you need to further narrow your search results, enter the author’s name in the First Name and Last Name fields.
Search by Poem or Song Title
Search for the title of the poem in the Include Keywords field using quotation marks.
"Grant and Peace"
Search by Content
You may also try searching for a phrase, stanza or lyric in the poem or song by putting it in the Include Keywords field using quotation marks.
"the angel of the flowers"
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