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Theme Poem Collections / Topic Poetry Anthologies

Poems gathered into anthologies for the four seasons of the year, for various holidays, and for the essential themes of human life—classic love poems, poems of war, poems for peace, poems on the passage of time...

Spring Poems
A collection of poems for spring, including classics by Tu Fu, William Shakespeare, Thomas Nashe, John Webster, Thomas Carew, Robert Herrick, Matsuo Basho, Kobayashi Issa, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Louis Stevenson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Clare, Carl Sandburg, e.e. cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay and A.E. Housman, plus new poems from contemporary poets around the world.

Garden Poems
A collection of classic poems inspired by the spirit, the work and the experience of gardening and the special environment of an enclosed garden, from the Garden of Eden to the actual and metaphorical gardens cultivated in poems by William Shakespeare, Andrew Marvell, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Matthew Arnold, Walt Whitman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, e.e. cummings and Robert Frost.

Poetry of Sport
Classic poems on themes of sports, athletics and competition.

Baseball Poems
Our favorite baseball poems, selected for reading while you’re watching a game.

Poems for Weddings
An anthology of classic poems celebrating marriage, or meant to be part of a wedding ceremony, by Sappho, Theocritus, Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Robert Herrick, Anne Bradstreet, John Gardiner Calkins Brainard, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sidney Lanier and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Poems for Mothers: A Collection of Classic Poems for Mother’s Day
A collection of classic poems about motherhood, by Anne Bradstreet, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, Henry Van Dyke, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes and Claude McKay.

Poems for Fathers: A Collection of Classic Poems for Father’s Day
A collection of poems about fatherhood, including classics by Su Tung-p’o, Robert Greene, Ben Jonson, Anne Bradstreet, Robert Burns, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Edgar A. Guest, Rudyard Kipling, Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Butler Yeats, plus father poems contributed by contemporary poets.

Summer Poems
A collection of poems for summer, including an anonymous medieval lyric and classics by Li Po, Thomas Nashe, William Shakespeare, Alexander Pope, William Blake, Henry David Thoreau, John Greenleaf Whittier, John Clare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Amy Lowell, James Russell Lowell, Carl Sandburg, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Edna St. Vincent Millay, plus selected new poems by contemporary poets.

Poems for Independence Day
A selection of classic poems about America for Independence Day, by William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emma Lazarus, Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Stephen Vincent Benét and Claude McKay.

Autumn Poems
A collection of poems for the fall season, including classics by William Shakespeare, William Blake, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Clare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Walt Whitman, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Trumbull Stickney, T.E. Hulme, Sara Teasdale, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Carl Sandburg, William Butler Yeats, Amy Lowell, Adelaide Crapsey and Robert Frost, plus new poems from contemporary poets around the world.

“Seize the Day”
A collection of classic poems on the passage of time and the human impulse to “Seize the Day,” from the original “carpe diem” poem among the odes of Horace, to expressions of the theme in English poems by William Shakespeare, Samuel Daniel, Thomas Jordan, Robert Herrick, Andrew Marvell, John Gay, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Charles Baudelaire, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, William Ernest Henley, Ernest Dowson, A.E. Housman, Sara Teasdale, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Robert Frost.

Poems of War and Remembrance: A Collection of Classic War Poems
A collection of classic war poems, by Li Po, William Shakespeare, William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Sophie Jewett, Stephen Crane, Thomas Hardy, Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, John McCrae, Rupert Brooke, Amy Lowell, Carl Sandburg, Wilfred Owen, Alan Seeger, Robert Frost, Siegfried Sassoon, William Butler Yeats, Robert Graves, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Charlotte Mary Mew and Thomas McGrath.

Poems After the Attack
An collection of poems written during the “War on Terrorism” after the September 11, 2001 attack on America, from poets around the Net and in the About Poetry Forum.

Poems for Peace
We began gathering new poems for peace from contemporary poets around the world during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the necessary successor to our Poems After the Attack collection of 9.11.01 poems, and have since added poems on the theme of peace by the great poets of history.

Poems of Protest and Revolution
A collection of historical poems of social protest, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Edwin Markham, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Carl Sandburg.

Bird Poems
An anthology of classic poems about, addressed to or inspired by birds, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Wallace Stevens and Robert Frost.

Halloween Poems
A collection of classic Halloween poems, including a selection from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the traditional ballad “Tam Lin” and poems by John Donne, Lord Brooke Fulke Greville, Robert Herrick, Robert Burns, George Gordon, Lord Byron, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christina Rossetti, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edith Wharton, Adelaide Crapsey, Robert Frost, Winifred M. Letts and Carl Sandburg.

Storm Poems
A collection of classic poems inspired by stormy weather—tempests, tornadoes, hurricanes and all manner of storms, by William Shakespeare, William Cullen Bryant, Walt Whitman, Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, Siegfried Sassoon and Jean Toomer.

Poems of Sailors and Seafarers
An anthology of classic poems inspired by mariners, the sailing life and the sea itself, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Walt Whitman, Matthew Arnold, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Masefield, Ezra Pound, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence and Carl Sandburg.

Poems for Election Day: A Selection of American Poems
A selection of classic American poems for Election Day, by Walt Whitman, John Greenleaf Whittier, Vachel Lindsay and William Carlos Williams—plus two contemporary poems, one recounting the historic 2008 U.S. Presidential election by About Poetry Forum poet Guy Kettelhack and a post-election-day blues by Jim Finnegan.

Poems for Thanksgiving Day: A Selection of Mostly American Poems
A selection of American poems for Thanksgiving Day, including a translation of a traditional Iroquois song by Harriet Maxwell Converse and classic poems by Lydia Maria Child, John Greenleaf Whittier, Kate Seymour Maclean, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Thornton W. Burgess and Carl Sandburg.

Christmas Poems: A Collection of Classic Poems for the Christmas Holiday
A collection of classic Christmas poems, by Robert Herrick, Henry Vaughan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sir Walter Scott, Clement Clark Moore, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christina Rossetti, G.K. Chesterton, Sara Teasdale, Walter de la Mare, Thomas Hardy, William Butler Yeats and Robert Frost.

Poems for the New Year
A collection of classic poems for New Year’s, by Robert Burns, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Helen Hunt Jackson, Thomas Hardy and John Clare.

Winter Poems
A collection of poems for winter, including classics by William Shakespeare, Thomas Campion, Robert Burns, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Charlotte Bronte, Walt Whitman, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Meredith, Emily Dickinson, Robert Bridges, Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Frost, plus new poems from...

Love Poems: A Collection of Classic Poems for Valentine’s Day
A collection of classic love poems by Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, John Donne, Anne Bradstreet, Andrew Marvell, Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and William Butler Yeats.

Poems for President Lincoln
A collection of classic poems written about President Abraham Lincoln, by Walt Whitman, James Russell Lowell, Julia Ward Howe, Vachel Lindsay, Carl Sandburg, Witter Bynner and Hyam Plutzik.

Poems for President Washington
A collection of classic poems written about President George Washington, by Phillis Wheatley, George Gordon, Lord Byron, James Russell Lowell, John Greenleaf Whittier and Carl Sandburg, for President’s Day reading.

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