Poems

The Tyger by William Blake

"The Tyger" is a poem taken from William Blake’s Songs of Experience. The poem is organized in the form of a series of rhetorical questions regarding the main character, the tiger, itself. Here, the poet is equally amazed and intimidated by the ...

Red Riding Hood by Anne Sexton

In “Red Riding Hood,” Anne Sexton conveys that there are many deceivers in the world who will give you the wrong information and persuade you to believe something which is untrue, with the purpose to manipulate and mislead. This poemwas included ...

Bluebird by Charles Bukowski

In the poem “Bluebird” Charles Bukowski, a German-born American poet, short story writer and novelist portrays the hardships of a man who has a troubled childhood, and the emotional rollercoaster he has to go through in his everyday life. The poe ...

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

"The Giving Tree" is one of Shel Silverstein’s most well-known works. It was written and illustrated by him in the year 1964. It is published as a children’s picture book. The poem celebrates nature’s giving, and laments humans’ taking, and r ...

Clair De Lune by Paul Verlaine

The poem Clair de lune (Moonlight) is from Paul Verlaine’s collection of poems “Fetes Galantes” dating back to 1869. The French poet was associated with the Symbolist Movement; and the poem is a mixture of Romance and Impressionism. Clair De L ...

Who Am I? by Carl Sandburg

Who Am I? BY CARL SANDBURG My head knocks against the stars. My feet are on the hilltops. My finger-tips are in the valleys and shores of universal life. Down in the sounding foam of primal things I reach my hands and play with pebbles of des ...

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Two times Grammy-winning and once Oscar nominated American poet Shel Silverstein has earned himself a cult status when it comes to children’s poetry. However, it is not only the children who dearly love Uncle Shel but adults too. Here, he invites e ...

What Do Women Want? by Kim Addonizio

What Do Women Want? BY KIM ADDONIZIO I want a red dress. I want it flimsy and cheap, I want it too tight, I want to wear it until someone tears it off me. I want it sleeveless and backless, this dress, so no one has to guess what's underneath ...

Walking Around by Pablo Neruda

Walking Around BY PABLO NERUDA It so happens I am sick of being a man. And it happens that I walk into tailorshops and movie houses dried up, waterproof, like a swan made of felt steering my way in a water of wombs and ashes. The smell of ba ...

Two In The Campagna by Robert Browning

Two In The Campagna BY ROBERT BROWNING I. I wonder do you feel to-day As I have felt since, hand in hand, We sat down on the grass, to stray In spirit better through the land, This morn of Rome and May?II. For me, I touched a thought, I know, ...

Touched by An Angel by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, an American poet, memoirist, actress, and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement, wrote many beautiful and thought-provoking poems. One such poem is “Touched by an Angel.” In this poem, Angelou describes how peopl ...

To You by Walt Whitman

To You BY WALT WHITMAN LET us twain walk aside from the rest; Now we are together privately, do you discard ceremony, Come! vouchsafe to me what has yet been vouchsafed to none—Tell me the whole story, Tell me what you would not tell your brot ...

To My Wife - With a Copy of My Poems by Oscar Wilde

To My Wife - With a Copy of My Poems BY OSCAR WILDE I can write no stately proem As a prelude to my lay; From a poet to a poem I would dare to say. For if of these fallen petals One to you seem fair, Love will waft it till it settles On yo ...

To A Mouse by Robert Burns

To A Mouse BY ROBERT BURNS Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi' bickering brattle! I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee Wi' murd'ring pattle! I'm truly sorry man's ...

Thy Days are Done by Lord Byron

Thy Days are Done BY LORD BYRON Thy days are done, thy fame begun; Thy country's strains record The triumphs of her chosen Son, The slaughter of his sword! The deeds he did, the fields he won, The freedom he restored! Though thou art fall'n ...

Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden

Those Winter Sundays BY ROBERT HAYDEN Sundays too my father got up early And put his clothes on in the blueback cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. I'd ...

There is Another Sky by Emily Dickinson

There is another sky BY EMILY DICKINSON There is another sky, Ever serene and fair, And there is another sunshine, Though it be darkness there; Never mind faded forests, Austin, Never mind silent fields - Here is a little forest, Whose leaf ...

The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot

The Waste Land BY T. S. ELIOT "Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi in ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent: Sibylla ti theleis; respondebat illa: apothanein thelo."I. THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD April is the cruellest month, br ...

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

"The Road Not Taken" is one of Robert Frost’s most popular and memorable works published in 1916. The poem puts forward the point that no matter what choice one may make, even a good choice, one will still look back and wonder what would have happe ...

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner BY SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE Part I It is an ancient mariner And he stoppeth one of three. --"By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stoppest thou me? The bridegroom's doors are opened wide, ...

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Considered one of the writer’s most famous works, ‘The Raven’ is also Poe’s most favorite piece, who has stated it to be the greatest poem ever written. The poem follows a bereaved lover’s encounter with a raven whose repeated reply at ever ...

The Poor Ghost by Christina Rossetti

The Poor Ghost BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI "Oh whence do you come, my dear friend, to me, With your golden hair all fallen below your knee, And your face as white as snowdrops on the lea, And your voice as hollow as the hollow sea?""From the other wor ...

The New Poetry Handbook by Mark Strand

The New Poetry Handbook BY MARK STRAND 1 If a man understands a poem, he shall have troubles. 2 If a man lives with a poem, he shall die lonely. 3 If a man lives with two poems, he shall be unfaithful to one. 4 If a man conceives of a p ...

The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks

The Mother BY GWENDOLYN BROOKS Abortions will not let you forget. You remember the children you got that you did not get, The damp small pulps with a little or with no hair, The singers and workers that never handled the air. You will never neg ...

The Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott

The Lady of the Lake BY SIR WALTER SCOTT CANTO SECOND - THE ISLAND (Part II) Hail to the chief who in triumph advances! Honoured and blessed be the ever-green pine! Long may the tree in his banner that glances, Flourish the shelter and grace of ...

The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

The Highwayman BY ALFRED NOYES PART ONE The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees, The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas, The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came riding- ...

The Fairy Temple; Or, Oberon's Chapel by Robert Herrick

The Fairy Temple; Or, Oberon's Chapel BY ROBERT HERRICK RARE TEMPLES THOU HAST SEEN, I KNOW, AND RICH FOR IN AND OUTWARD SHOW; SURVEY THIS CHAPEL BUILT, ALONE, WITHOUT OR LIME, OR WOOD, OR STONE. THEN SAY, IF ONE THOU'ST SEEN MORE FINE THAN TH ...

The Dole of the King's Daughter by Oscar Wilde

The Dole of the King's Daughter BY OSCAR WILDE Seven stars in the still water, And seven in the sky; Seven sins on the King's daughter, Deep in her soul to lie.Red roses at her feet, (Roses are red in her red-gold hair) And O where her bosom a ...

The Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Alfred Tennyson

The Charge of the Light Brigade BY LORD ALFRED TENNYSON Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. "Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!" he said: Into the valley of Death ...

The Broken Heart by William Barnes

The Broken Heart BY WILLIAM BARNES News o' grief had overteaken Dark-eyed Fanny, now vorseaken; There she zot, wi' breast a-heaven, While vrom zide to zide, wi' grieven, Vell her head, wi' tears a-creepen Down her cheaks, in bitter weepen. Th ...

The Blessed Damozel by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Blessed Damozel BY DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI The blessed damozel leaned out From the gold bar of Heaven; Her eyes were deeper than the depth Of waters stilled at even; She had three lilies in her hand, And the stars in her hair were seven.Her ...

Success is Counted Sweetest by Emily Dickinson

Success is Counted Sweetest BY EMILY DICKINSON Success is counted sweetest By those who ne'er succeed. To comprehend a nectar Requires sorest need. Not one of all the purple Host Who took the Flag today Can tell the definition So clear of ...

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

This is merely a simple story of a weary traveler, who is exhausted from following the path and only wants to sit down for a while. In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", Robert Frost explores the complex array of emotions one is forced to underg ...

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

A literary voice well-known globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights, Maya Angelou first published her poem “Still I Rise” in her similarly titled 1978 book of poetry. In the poem, she tells she is ready to overcome anyt ...

Sick by Shel Silverstein

Despite his many attributes he made the most prominent splash as a songwriter and was nominated for both Grammy and Oscar. "Sick" is another one of Shel Silverstein’s humorous poems – it is about a little girl trying to convince her parents not t ...

Seven Ages Of Man by William Shakespeare

Seven Ages Of Man BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players, They have their exits and entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first the infant, Mewling ...

Seeker Of Truth by E. E. Cummings

Seeker Of Truth BY E. E. CUMMINGS seeker of truth follow no path all paths lead where truth is here ...

Romance by Edgar Allan Poe

“Romance” is one of the rarest creations of Edgar Allan Poe, where the American writer, poet, and literary critic took a break from his genres of gore and horror, to write about romance, grasping the essence of nature. Romance BY EDGAR ALLAN PO ...

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman BY MAYA ANGELOU Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hip ...

One Hundred and Three by Henry Lawson

One Hundred and Three BY HENRY LAWSON With the frame of a man, and the face of a boy, and a manner strangely wild, And the great, wide, wondering, innocent eyes of a silent-suffering child; With his hideous dress and his heavy boots, he drags to ...

O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

O Captain! My Captain! BY WALT WHITMAN 1 O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won; The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady ...

No Second Troy by William Butler Yeats

No Second Troy BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS Why should I blame her that she filled my days With misery, or that she would of late Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways, Or hurled the little streets upon the great. Had they but courage equal ...

Messy Room by Shel Silverstein

Messy Room BY SHEL SILVERSTEIN Whosever room this is should be ashamed! His underwear is hanging on the lamp. His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair, And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp. His workbook is wedged in the window, ...

Mending Wall by Robert Frost

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 makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of hunters is another thing: I ...

Life is Fine by Langston Hughes

Life is Fine BY LANGSTON HUGHES I went down to the river, I set down on the bank. I tried to think but couldn't, So I jumped in and sank. I came up once and hollered! I came up twice and cried! If that water hadn't a-been so cold I might'v ...

Let America be America Again by Langston Hughes

Let America Be America Again BY LANGSTON HUGHES Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) Let America be ...

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

“Invictus” was written when Henley was in the hospital being treated for Tuberculosis of the bone, also known as Pott’s disease. The poem is about showing undivided courage in the face of death and keeping the dignity against all the hardships ...

In Arthur's House by William Morris

In Arthur's House BY WILLIAM MORRIS In Arthur's house whileome was I When happily the time went by In midmost glory of his days. He held his court then in a place Whereof ye shall not find the name In any story of his fame: Caerliel good soot ...

If You Have Seen by Thomas Moore

If You Have Seen BY THOMAS MOORE Good reader! if you e'er have seen, When Phoebus hastens to his pillow The mermaids, with their tresses green, Dancing upon the western billow: If you have seen, at twilight dim, When the lone spirit's vesper h ...

If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda

If You Forget Me BY PABLO NERUDA I want you to know one thing. You know how this is: if I look at the crystal moon, at the red branch of the slow autumn at my window, if I touch near the fire the impalpable ash or the wrinkled body of th ...

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