Showing Our Poetry Love

The mission of Rap Genius is “to critique rap as poetry.” So one day we thought, why not critique other poetry too? That’s how Poetry Brain got started, and that’s why it is TAKING OFF thanks to your love and support. But we could always use more…

If you don’t know, now you know: there are HUNDREDS of classic and contemporary poems on Rap Genius, with more being added every day. We’ve decoded a bunch, but most of them are still waiting for your help. Search the site for your favorites and start explaining!

Poetry Brain’s also got a sweet new site up at poetrybrain.com. For now it’s basically a project blog, but soon it’ll be home base for all of our poetry content. As Tennyson and Maboo once said, swa-SWAG. We’re also posting regularly on Facebook and Twitter, so show your love there too.

Wait, what’s the difference between a poem and a rap? No clue, but we’re calling anything that’s meant primarily for the page—no accompanying beat, etc.—a poem. Plus PB covers other kinds of literary texts: fiction, essays, etc. This thing is gonna redefine English class (and schools are already excited—if you want to join them and get Rap Genius/Poetry Brain into your classroom, hit up Lucky_Desperado or perfectrhyme).

P.S. Can you add your own poetry and explain it, just like with rap? Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllll yeah. DO it. Just claim a regular Verified account. Be sure to share with friends. And let Poe know.