Poems

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing i ...

I Taught Myself To Live Simply by Anna Akhmatova

I Taught Myself To Live Simply BY ANNA AKHMATOVA I taught myself to live simply and wisely, to look at the sky and pray to God, and to wander long before evening to tire my superfluous worries. When the burdocks rustle in the ravine and the ye ...

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

"I know why the caged bird sings" is Maya Angelou’s heart-wrenching poem that reflects on the mindless oppression that the Blacks were subjected back in the olden days. Her portrayal of the injustice using a "free bird" and a "caged bird" leaves u ...

I Carry Your Heart with Me by E. E. Cummings

I Carry Your Heart with Me BY 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 is done by only me is your doing,my darling) i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my ...

I Cannot Live With You by Emily Dickinson

I Cannot Live With You BY EMILY DICKINSON I cannot live with you, It would be life, And life is over there Behind the shelfThe sexton keeps the key to, Putting up Our life, his porcelain, Like a cup Discarded of the housewife, Quaint or b ...

Howl by Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg was a modern American poet and one of the most important writers of the so-called Beat Generation and the counterculture which soon appeared in the 1950s. Ginsberg is mostly known to the audience for his 1955 epic poem “Howl,” in w ...

Happiness by Raymond Carver

Happiness BY RAYMOND CARVER So early it's still almost dark out. I'm near the window with coffee, and the usual early morning stuff that passes for thought. When I see the boy and his friend walking up the road to deliver the newspaper. ...

Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

Goblin Market BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI Morning and evening Maids heard the goblins cry: "Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy: Apples and quinces, Lemons and oranges, Plump unpecked cherries, Melons and raspberries, Bloom-down-cheek ...

Funeral Blues by W. H. Auden

Funeral Blues BY W. H. AUDEN Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overh ...

Frost at Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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 my cottage, all at rest, Have left me to that solitude, which ...

Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop

Filling Station BY ELIZABETH BISHOP Oh, but it is dirty! --this little filling station, oil-soaked, oil-permeated to a disturbing, over-all black translucency. Be careful with that match! Father wears a dirty, oil-soaked monkey suit that ...

Fast Rode the Knight by Stephen Crane

Fast Rode the Knight BY STEPHEN CRANE Fast rode the knight With spurs, hot and reeking, Ever waving an eager sword, "To save my lady!" Fast rode the knIght, And leaped from saddle to war. Men of steel flickered and gleamed Like riot of silve ...

Epithalamion by E.E. Cummings

Epithalamion BY E.E. CUMMINGS I. Thou aged unreluctant earth who dost with quivering continual thighs invite the thrilling rain the slender paramour to toy with thy extraordinary lust, (the sinuous rain which rising from thy bed steals to his ...

During Wind And Rain by Thomas Hardy

During Wind And Rain BY THOMAS HARDY They sing their dearest songs-- He, she, all of them--yea, Treble and tenor and bass. And one to play; With the candles mooning each face.... Ah, no; the years O! How the sick leaves reel down in throngs! ...

Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

Dream Deferred BY LANGSTON HUGHES What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe ...

Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold

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 and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. Come to ...

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night BY DYLAN THOMAS Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because the ...

Digging by Seamus Heaney

Digging BY SEAMUS HEANEY Between my finger and my thumb The squat pin rest; snug as a gun. Under my window, a clean rasping sound When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: My father, digging. I look down Till his straining rump among the ...

Dedication by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dedication BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON My first gift and my last, to you I dedicate this fascicle of songs - The only wealth I have: Just as they are, to you. I speak the truth in soberness, and say I had rather bring a light to your clear eye ...

Deaths and Entrances by Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas’s “Deaths and Entrances” is a poem which has focused on the after effects of World War II, sympathizing in every aspect with the impact of the war. He creates a picturesque image of the horror that the soldiers of London faced duri ...

Daddy by Sylvia Plath

The poem has a vivid use of imagination and a controversial use of Holocaust as metaphors by Sylvia Plath. The poem, which was written on October 12, 1962 shortly before Plath’s death is considered as one of the most anthologized poems in American ...

By An Evolutionist by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The poem “By an Evolutionist” dates back to the 1800s, where Alfred, Lord Tennyson illustrates the views of an evolutionist and of Christianity when it comes to the origin of Man. The poet forms a vivid opinion in the poem stating that the views ...

Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats

Nobel laureate W. B. Yeats in this coming-of-age poem ‘Brown Penny’ introduces us with a character who wants to fall in love but is unsure if he should. Although he finds himself tangled in the hair of his love-interest, however, he still questio ...

Birches by Robert Frost

The poem “Birches” by Robert Frost dates back to 1916, where the poet uses birches as a symbol of peace and serenity, giving him a chance to go back to his childhood days. But the poet is also forced to acknowledge the harsh realities of life tha ...

Bear in There by Shel Silverstein

"Bear in There" is a humorous poem by the Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning poet Shel Silverstein. Here, a child is rather distraught to find a bear in their Frigidaire. The bear has taken over all the food and if anyone tries to intervene the situatio ...

Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face by Jack Prelutsky

"Be Gad Your Nose is on Your Face" by American poet Jack Prelutsky, named a U.S. Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2006, is yet another of his hilarious poems. Through it, he is spreading the message that we should be grateful for ...

Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio by James Wright

A Pulitzer-winning American poet James Wright had an unhappy childhood and "Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio" gives us an insight into the lives of the blue-collar workers there. As the speaker in his own poem, he gives us the visuals of the cree ...

As Soon as Fred Gets Out of Bed by Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky’s "As soon as Fred gets out of bed" is a witty, humorous poem about a little boy who curiously wears his underwear over his head. Initially, it might seem to be something written for kicks and for laughs, but upon further inspection ...

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

"Annabel Lee" is the very last piece of poetry by the great Edgar Allen Poe. Here Poe gives his own voice to a lamenting narrator who dictates a heart-wrenching story of how the cruel nature had conspired to rob him of his love - Annabel Lee, but has ...

And the Moon and the Stars and the World

American contemporary poet Charles Bukowski is known for being brutally honest with his use of words. In "And the Moon and the Stars and the World" he uses his signature graphic language to give us an insight into the private lives of the bored Ameri ...

America Analysis

"America", a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1956 speaks of the turbulent times post Second World War, when the prospects of the country looked dismal and bleak. The poem is a statement of those times of political unrest and urges positive change b ...

All the World's a Stage

"All The World’s a Stage" is an excerpt taken from Shakespeare’s poem ‘As You Like It’ where the speaker Jaques sees the world as a temporary stage where all of mankind plays particular roles in seven different stages of life. All the World' ...

A Word to Husbands

Ogden Nash, a poet famous for his humorous verse, wrote this poem as a word of advice to husbands. The speaker says that silence is the best policy to keep a marriage harmonious. Not only should the husband admit his mistakes, he should also keep qui ...

A Pretty a Day

The great American poet E. E. Cummings' is known for writing using a strange, distinguished writing style for which he is considered to be a poetic rebel.  "A Pretty a Day" is a poem where he explores how the womankind deals and comes to terms with ...

A Poison Tree

The original thinker William Blake in his poem "The Poison Tree" talks about how devastating and ruinous the bottled up anger can be. The speaker’s pent up anger grew and became a fruit bearing full-fledged tree. This poem follows the structure of ...

A Poet to His Beloved

"A Poet to his Beloved" is one of many poems by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats that is centered around love and courtship. It is a poem, which dates back to 1899, and it was inspired by and dedicated to Maud Gonne, the woman of his dreams. A Po ...

A Girl Analysis

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound, the great expatriate American poet and critic, used his iconic Imagism to write the poem ‘A girl’ where he used the mythical characters of Apollo and Daphne to showcase the creative imaginations of a girl from two differ ...

A Dream Within A Dream

The poem “A Dream Within a Dream” was published back in 1849, written by one of the greatest American poets Edgar Allan Poe. In this poem the poet shows a rare contradiction between the two stanzas where his narratives change drastically in illus ...

A Birthday Poem

In the poem, Ted Kooser gives another touch of his abiding interest in the versatility of life. He compares the rise and set of the sun with the cycle of life. He emphasizes on cherishing the moments and memories with life with a touch of nostalgia. ...

My Papa’s Waltz Analysis

My Papa’s Waltz BY THEODORE ROETHKE The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; But I hung on like death: Such waltzing was not easy. We romped until the pans Slid from the kitchen shelf; My mother’s countenance Coul ...

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