To access the poems and the commentary that this site offers you have to subscribe. I know that there are sites on the Internet where poems can be read for free. There are also sites with critical discussions of poems; many give details of poets’ lives. You don’t get much of that here. What you do get is: (1) a selected set of poems that many persons (including myself) have enjoyed greatly, and (2) a way to gain full enjoyment of them, too. The POEM itself is what counts—not the story of the poet’s life, not critics’ viewpoints. The real judge is you.
The cost of a year’s subscription is $10.00 (U.S.), renewable. For this you get two poems per week, plus commentary meant to help you to enjoy the poems better. At the end of a year you’ll have received 104 poems, plus helpful notes. Please try it. If you don’t like it, you’re out $10 (cancellation is not encouraged), but you’ll still have received all the poetry. You can’t find many anthologies for so little outlay. At the end of two years you’ll have received 208 poems. And so forth. When the website terminates, an anthology of all the poems presented is envisioned, with a graduated discount for all multiple-year members,
Do you get any college credits for signing up? No. It’s not a college course. Any certificates? No. So what do you get? Only the joy of poetry. It’s all inside you—no external rewards. But the rewards you get will be inestimable.
About me (and about you)
Who am I? Why do I think I can do this? I have a degree in English (magna cum laude) from a well-reputed university (the University of Notre Dame), and I hold a general secondary teaching credential from the State of California. But the main thing is: I have is a lifelong love of poetry and the ability and desire to share it, plus several years’ worth of poems to share. So I simply say: try me and see.
What qualifications do you need? None but the ability to read this. Suppose you don’t even like poetry? Not a problem. This site may help you to start liking it. No guarantees, but I hope so, anyway.
What if you don’t know English very well? What if you’re an English learner? There is no better way to get a deep awareness of the wonderful English language than through its poetry. It’s true that reading English poetry won’t help you much in understanding colloquial spoken English. But it will help you to understand better the wonderful expressive capabilities of the English language.
How to subscribe
Subscribing is easy. You need to make up a User Name and a secret Password and send $10.00 to rhtpoetry.com (by PayPal). You may also have to sign up for a PayPal account, if you don’t already have one (it’s free). After you’ve signed up, you’ll be sent to a Thank-you page, from where you can now access an Account page which gives you some details about your personal account, or you can go the members’ home page by clicking on MEMBERHOME at the top of the page, or if you prefer you can immediately access the current poem by clicking on POSTS at the top of the page. Some poems occupy more then one screen; then all you need to do is scroll (up or down) to see the whole poem. You can also access seven previous poems by clicking on the name of the previous poem at the bottom left of each poem’s final page. To return to the current poem, reverse the process by clicking on the name of the next poem at the bottom right of each poem’s final page, or simply click on POSTS.
After you’ve registered, the watchword is “Enjoy the poetry!” At any later time all you’ll have to do is go to rhtpoetry.com on the Internet, click LOG IN and enter your User Name and Password as requested. Then click on POSTS (or other links at the top of the page, if you wish). There won’t be any ads or hucksterism to distract you further. Only poems and notes from me. Promise! This site is a refuge from all Internet hustle.
One more bit of information: you get FULL PROTECTION. Your password and the transfer of funds are fully protected by up-to-date encryption technology (SSL). Neither PayPal nor SiteGround (the hosting company for this website) provide an SSL ”seal code,” but both use SSL technology for encryption. You can be confident that your secrets are safe. Additionally, rhtpoetry.com is continually checked for malware and any malware is removed, so your web account is always safe from infection.
Next things to do
To get a better idea of what the site has to offer, click on SAMPLE POEM at the top of this page. (The sample poem and notes occupy two pages, so scroll down to read the second page.) Or, if you’re ready to sign up, click REGISTRATION and follow the instructions.