What is beauty? Can it only be viewed in physical form, or can it be something deeper—an idea or feeling? Perhaps there is no better way to explore these questions of beauty than through poetry. Author Sheila Griffin Llanas discusses eight poems and poets, with chapters on William Shakespeare, Phillis Wheatley, Edgar Allan Poe, and five others. Accompanied by biographical information on the poet and end-of-chapter questions for further study, Llanas closely examines each poem, including detailed analysis of form, content, poetic technique, and theme, encouraging readers to develop the tools to understand and appreciate poetry.