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BISAC Subject Headings List, Poetry
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Step 2: Determine the specific term which describes your book. An asterisk (*) denotes a heading that is new for the 2017 Edition.


Use subjects in this section only for poetic works.  Subjects may be used alone (for individual works or collections by one author) or with "POETRY / Anthologies (multiple authors)".  Note that as of Version 2.2, the geographic subheadings in this section are available for single-author or multiple-author collections.

Critical works should be assigned "LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry" and any other subjects needed in the LITERARY CRITICISM section (and should not be assigned any subjects in the POETRY section).

POE000000  POETRY / General

POE007000  POETRY / African

POE005010  POETRY / American / General

 POE005050  POETRY / American / African American

 POE005060  POETRY / American / Asian American

 POE005070  POETRY / American / Hispanic American

POE008000  POETRY / Ancient & Classical

POE001000  POETRY / Anthologies (multiple authors)

POE009000  POETRY / Asian / General

POE009010  POETRY / Asian / Chinese

POE009020  POETRY / Asian / Japanese

POE010000  POETRY / Australian & Oceanian

POE011000  POETRY / Canadian

POE012000  POETRY / Caribbean & Latin American

POE005030  POETRY / European / General

POE005020  POETRY / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

POE017000  POETRY / European / French

POE018000  POETRY / European / German

POE019000  POETRY / European / Italian

POE020000  POETRY / European / Spanish & Portuguese

POE014000  POETRY / Epic

POE025000  POETRY / Haiku

                     POETRY / History & Criticism see LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry


POE022000  POETRY / Medieval

POE013000  POETRY / Middle Eastern

POE015000  POETRY / Native American

                     POETRY / Nursery Rhymes see JUVENILE FICTION / Nursery Rhymes

POE016000  POETRY / Russian & Former Soviet Union

POE023000  POETRY / Subjects & Themes / General

POE023010  POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Death, Grief, Loss

POE023050  POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family

POE003000  POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Inspirational & Religious

POE023020  POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Love & Erotica

POE023030  POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Nature

POE023040  POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Places

                     POETRY / Turkic see Middle Eastern

POE024000  POETRY / Women Authors

If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

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