Poem Samples

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 everyone to come to a place away from the hustle and bustle of

What Do Women Want? by Kim Addonizio

“What Do Women Want?” is a metaphorical yet transparent poem by Addonizio, famous for her controversial poetry on women’s agendas and the battle of the sexes. About a woman who wants a red dress and what she wants to do with it, however, there is more to interpret and understand other than the

Walking Around by Pablo Neruda

In “Walking Around,” a poem written somewhere around 1935, Pablo Neruda addresses the conflict of man versus society. He discusses how humans have lost their individuality because all that people want to have is what other people have. It is a sad and despairing poem, as Neruda communicates the emotion of hopelessness to

Two In The Campagna by Robert Browning

“Two in the Campagna” portrays the dilemma of love. Robert Browning, revered amongst Victorian period poets, depicts his thoughts on love and what it means to transcend love. Catching a thought, living in the moment and the feeling of the moment fleeting away is all to show that words are not enough to

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 people are before they fall in love, the ups and downs of love, and how love changes

To You by Walt Whitman

Author of Leaves of Grass and, quite coincidentally along with another great poet Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman was born on May 31st, 1819. He is considered one of the pioneers of American poetry. In this poem, Whitman questions the constraints of life, and leaves out the answers to the readers. To You BY


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

More famously known for his plays and philosophical novels, Oscar Wilde created a masterpiece in the form of “To My Wife” where he illustrated his profound belief of art, and the fact that it should exist for its own sake, in a beautifully illustrated piece where he spoke about his beloved. To My

To A Mouse by Robert Burns

In “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect Robert Burns included the poem, “To a Mouse” in 1786.  The poem’s title alludes to the speaker’s experience with a mouse, and his expression of remorse to, and admiration of it. The poem shows that generally preparing is not always the best alternative. Now and then,

Thy Days are Done by Lord Byron

Lord Byron’s “Thy Days Are Done” was published in 1815. The war was around him in Greece during this time period. It is heavily influenced by the themes of honor and death. Lord Byron spends most of the poem discussing the achievements of a valiant soldier and how he will never be forgotten. Thy

Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden

“Those Winter Sundays” is a story of a father’s unending love for his son and the son’s regret of not being able to understand and appreciate that love before time had run up for this. Here, Robert Hayden uses the coldness of the winter mornings to put further emphasis on the warmth of

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