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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 2015 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 RhymesseeJUVENILE 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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