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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 2019 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 / General

POE011010     POETRY / Canadian / Indigenous *

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

POE021000     POETRY / LGBT

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

POE026000     POETRY / Shakespeare *

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

Please note that the BISAC Subject Headings List is governed by the following copyright notice. © 2019, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this list attached documents may be distributed or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.


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