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A Daughter of Eve

by Christina Rossetti

A fool I was to sleep at noon, And wake when night is chilly Beneath the comfortless cold moon; A fool

A Nocturnal Reverie

by Anne Kingsmill Finch

In such a night, when every louder wind Is to its distant cavern safe confined; And only gentle Zephyr fans his wings, And

A Red Red Rose

by Robert Burns

O, my Luve's like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June. O, my Luve's like a melodie That's sweetly play'd in

A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General

by Jonathan Swift

His Grace! impossible! what dead! Of old age too, and in his bed! And could that mighty warrior fall? And so inglorious, after

A Vision upon the Fairy Queen

by Sir Walter Raleigh

Methought I saw the grave where Laura lay, Within that temple where the vestal flame Was

Adam Posed

by Anne Kingsmill Finch

Could our first father, at his toilsome plow, Thorns in his path, and labor on his brow, Clothed only in a rude,

AN A.B.C

by Geoffrey Chaucer

AN A.B.C. Here begins the song according to the order of the letters of the alphabet A. ALMIGHTY and all-merciable* Queen,

Annabel Lee

by Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago In a kingdom by the sea That a maiden there lived whom

August 1968

by Wystan Hugh (W H) Auden

The Ogre does what ogres can, Deeds quite impossible for Man, But one prize is beyond his reach, The Ogre cannot master Speech: About

Because I could not stop for Death

by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death-- He kindly stopped for me-- The Carriage held but just Ourselves-- And Immortality.

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms

by Thomas Moore

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms, Which I gaze on so fondly today, Were to change by

Blight

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give me truths; For I am weary of the surfaces, And die of inanition. If I knew Only the herbs and simples of

Burning Drift-Wood

by John Greenleaf Whittier

Before my drift-wood fire I sit, And see, with every waif I burn, Old dreams and fancies coloring it, And

Casey At The Bat

by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day, The score stood four to two, with but one inning

Christabel

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

PART I 'Tis the middle of night by the castle clock And the owls have awakened the crowing cock; Tu-whit!- Tu-whoo! And hark, again!

Concord Hymn

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood,

Cradle Song

by William Blake

SLEEP sleep beauty bright Dreaming in the joys of night; Sleep sleep; in thy sleep Little sorrows sit and

Crossing the Bar

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When

Death Be Not Proud

by John Donne

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom

Dickinson Poems by Number

by Emily Dickinson

14 One Sister have I in our house, And one, a hedge away. There's only one recorded, But both belong to me. One came the

Doc Hill

by Edgar Lee Masters

I went up and down the streets Here and there by day and night, Through all hours of the night caring for

Dover Beach

by Matthew Arnold

The sea is calm to-night. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; on the French coast the light Gleams

Emblems of Love

by Lascelles Abercrombie

She ONLY to be twin elements of joy In this extravagance of Being, Love, Were our divided natures shaped in twain; And to this

for a rainy day

by D A Levy

kisses we tried to save pressed in books like flowers from a sun warmed day only years later to open yellowing pages to find those same kisses - wilted

from On the Equality of the Sexes Part I

by Judith Sargent Murray

That minds are not alike, full well I know, This truth each day's experience will show. To heights surprising some great spirits

Frost at Midnight

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Frost performs its secret ministry, Unhelped by any wind. The owlet's cry Came loud---and hark, again! loud as before. The inmates of

Get Drunk

by Charles Baudelaire

Always be drunk. That's it! The great imperative! In order not to feel Time's horrid fardel bruise your shoulders, grinding you into the earth, get drunk and

Gods Grandeur

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;

Hap

by Thomas Hardy

If but some vengeful god would call to me From up the sky, and laugh: "Thou suffering thing, Know that thy

Hélas

by Oscar Wilde

To drift with every passion till my soul Is a stringed lute on which all winds can play, Is it for this

His Excuse for Loving

by Ben Jonson

Let it not your wonder move, Less your laughter, that I love. Though I now write fifty years, I have

How Do I Love Thee?

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

i carry your heart with me

by Edward Estlin (E E) Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear; and whatever

I dreaded that first Robin

by Emily Dickinson

I dreaded that first Robin, so, But He is mastered, now, I'm some accustomed to Him grown, He hurts a little, though— I thought

I Hear America Singing

by Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be

I Write My Mother a Poem

by Fleda Brown

Sometimes I feel her easing further into her grave, resigned, as always, and I have to come to her rescue.

Ichabod!

by John Greenleaf Whittier

So fallen! so lost! the light withdrawn Which once he wore! The glory from his gray hairs

If

by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you

Im nobody! Who are you?

by Emily Dickinson

I'm nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there's a pair of us -- don't tell! They'd advertise -- you know! How

In an Artists Studio

by Christina Rossetti

One face looks out from all his canvases, One selfsame figure sits or walks or leans:

Inaugural Poem

by Maya Angelou

A Rock, A River, A Tree Hosts to species long since departed, Marked the mastodon. The dinosaur, who left dry tokens Of their sojourn

Jabberwocky

by Lewis Carroll

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the

Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey

by William Wordsworth

Five years have passed; five summers, with the length Of five long winters! and again I hear These waters, rolling from

Man

by George Herbert

My God, I heard this day That none doth build a

Mending Wall

by Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And

My Last Duchess

by Robert Browning

That's my last duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive. I call That piece a wonder,

O Captain! My Captain!

by Walt Whitman

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is

Ode on a Grecian Urn

by John Keats

THOU still unravish'd bride of quietness Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time Sylvan historian who canst thus

Ode on Solitude

by Alexander Pope

I. How happy he, who free from care The rage of courts, and noise of towns; Contented breathes his native

Ode to Joy

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Wild and fearful in his cavern Hid the naked troglodyte, And the homeless nomad wandered Laying waste the fertile plain. Menacing with spear and

On the Idle Hill of Summer

by A E Housman

On the idle hill of summer, Sleepy with the flow of streams, Far I hear the steady drummer Drumming like a noise

Ozymandias of Egypt

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert.

Paul Reveres Ride

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in

Pied Beauty

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Glory be to God for dappled things— For skies of couple-color as a brinded cow;

Recessional

by Rudyard Kipling

1897 God of our fathers, known of old, Lord of our far-flung battle-line, Beneath whose awful Hand we hold

She Walks in Beauty

by George (Lord) Byron

She walks in Beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and

Sonnet 29

by William Shakespeare

When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state, And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless

Sonnet 55

by William Shakespeare

Not marble, nor the gilded monuments Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme; But you shall shine more bright in these contènts Than

Sonnet 71

by William Shakespeare

No longer mourn for me when I am dead Then you shall hear the surly sullen bell Give warning to the world

Spring

by Edward Estlin (E E) Cummings

Spring is like a perhaps hand (which comes carefully out of Nowhere)arranging a window,into which people look(while people stare arranging and changing placing carefully there a

Still I Rise

by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like

Tears Idle Tears

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, Tears from the depth of some divine despair Rise in the

The Author to Her Book

by Anne Bradstreet

Thou ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain, Who after birth didst by my side remain, Till snatched from thence by friends, less

The Charge of the Light Brigade

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.

The Childrens Hour

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Between the dark and the daylight, When the night is beginning to lower, Comes a pause in the day's occupations,

The City In the Sea

by Edgar Allan Poe

Lo! Death has reared himself a throne In a strange city lying alone Far down within the dim West Where the good

The Darkling Thrush

by Thomas Hardy

I leant upon a coppice gate When Frost was spectre-gray, And Winter's dregs made desolate

The Fire of Drift-Wood

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We sat within the farm-house old, Whose windows, looking o'er the bay, Gave to the sea-breeze damp and cold,

The Flea

by John Donne

Mark but this flea, and mark in this, How little that which thou deniest me is; Me it sucked first, and now

The Gallery

by Andrew Marvell

Clora, come view my soul, and tell Whether I have contrived it well. Now all its several lodgings lie Composed into one gallery; And

The Hourglass

by Ben Jonson

Consider this small dust here running in the glass, By atoms moved; Could you believe that this the body was Of one

THE ILIAD (excerpt)

by

Achilles' wrath, to Greece the direful spring Of woes unnumber'd, heavenly goddess, sing! That wrath which

The Lady of Shalott

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

ON either side the river lie Long fields of barley and of rye, That clothe the wold and meet the sky;

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

by William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine

The Last Leaf

by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I saw him once before, As he passed by the door, And again The pavement stones resound, As he totters o'er the ground With

The Magpie Evening: A Prayer

by Gary Fincke

When magpies die, each of the living swoops down

The New Colossus

by Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat, They took some honey, and plenty of

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

by Christopher Marlowe

COME live with me and be my Love, And we will all the pleasures prove That hills and valleys, dale and field, And

The Prologue

by Anne Bradstreet

1 To sing of wars, of captains, and of kings, Of cities founded, commonwealths begun, For my mean pen, are too superior things, And

The Raven

by Edgar Allan Poe

ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten

The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I

The Tables Turned

by William Wordsworth

An Evening Scene on the Same Subject Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books; Or surely you'll grow double: Up! up! my

The Tide Rises the Tide Falls

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The tide rises, the tide falls, The twilight darkens, the curlew calls; Along the sea-sands damp and brown The traveller

The Tyger

by William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forest of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps

The Walrus and the Carpenter

by Lewis Carroll

The sun was shining on the sea, Shining with all his might; He did his very best to make

The Women Who Loved Elvis All Their Lives

by Fleda Brown

She reads, of course, what he's doing, shaking Nixon's hand, dating this starlet or that, while he is faithful to

They Flee from Me

by Sir Thomas Wyatt

They flee from me that sometime did me seek With naked foot stalking in my chamber. I have seen

To a Lady on the Death of Her Husband

by Phillis Wheatley

Grim monarch! see, depriv'd of vital breath, A young physician in the dust of death: Dost thou go on incessant to destroy, Our

To a Mouse

by Robert Burns

Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty,

To Atthis

by

My Atthis, although our dear Anaktoria lives in distant Sardis, she thinks of us constantly, and of the life we shared in days

To Celia

by Ben Jonson

Drinke to me, onely, with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kisse but in the

To Find God

by Robert Herrick

Weigh me the fire; or canst thou find A way to measure out the wind? Distinguish all those floods that are Mixed in

To His Coy Mistress

by Andrew Marvell

Had we but world enough, and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime. We would sit down, and think which

To S. M. a young African Painter on seeing his Works

by Phillis Wheatley

To show the lab'ring bosom's deep intent, And thought in living characters to paint, When first thy pencil did those beauties give, And

To the Memory of Mr. Oldham

by John Dryden

Farewell, too little, and too lately known, Whom I began to think and call my own: For sure our souls were near

When We Two Parted

by George (Lord) Byron

When we two parted In silence and tears, Half broken-hearted To sever for years, Pale grew thy cheek and cold,

When You are Old

by William Butler Yeats

WHEN you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And

White Flock

by Anna Akhmatova

Copyright Anna Akhmatova Copyright English translation by Ilya Shambat (ilya_shambat@yahoo.com) Origin: http://www.geocities.com/ilya_shambat/akhmatova.html  * I *  We thought we were beggars, we thought

Who will cry for the little boy?

by Antwone Fisher

who will cry for the little boy? Lost and all alone. Who will cry for the little boy? Abandoned without his own? Who will

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