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Most poems in Representative Poetry Online are in the public domain. The Editors, the Department of English, and the University of Toronto Press assert no copyright claim on these works. Only the collection as a whole, its editorial framework, introduction, notes, and indexes of these Web collections are subject to the above copyright restriction.

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Representative Poetry Online would gladly rectify any unwitting infringements on copyright.

Usually, copyright constraints explain why well-respected poets are not represented.