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Handed Down Through the Generations: Classic...
A collection of classic English and American nursery rhymes—the lullabyes, counting games, riddles and rhymed fables.
41 Classic and New Poems to Keep You Warm in...
A collection of poems for winter, including classics by William Shakespeare, Thomas Campion, Robert Burns, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Charlotte Brontë, Walt Whitman, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Meredith, Emily Dickinson, Robert Bridges, Thomas Hardy, William Butler Yeats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens—plus a selection of contemporary poems submitted by poets around the world..
25 Classic Love Poems to Share on Valentine's Day
A collection of classic love poems by Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, John Donne, Robert Herrick, Anne Bradstreet, and much more.
54 Famous and Ought-to-be Famous Poems for...
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.
19 Classic Poems for Lovers of the Sea and...
An anthology of classic poems inspired by mariners, the sailing life and the sea itself, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and more.
A Collection of Classic Poems to Share with Mom...
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.
Among School Children by William Butler Yeats
“Among School Children” by William Butler Yeats (from <i>The Tower</i>, 1928)
Singing the Old Songs: Classic Ballads
A collection of ballads, both traditional folk ballads and the often anonymous song-poems sung and resung for centuries before they were written down.
Classic Poems About War and the Remembrance of...
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.
Song of Myself by Walt Whitman
“Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass, first published in the 1855 edition)
St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V by...
Poems of War: St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V by William Shakespeare (1599)
Study Guide: William Butler Yeats’ 'The...
Notes on context, form and content, commentary and quotations on William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” (1920).
The Witches' Spell from Macbeth by William...
Halloween Poems: The Witches’ Spell from Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1606)
Classic Bird Poems
An anthology of classic poems about, addressed to or inspired by birds, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Wallace Stevens, Thomas Hardy, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, D.H. Lawrence and William Butler Yeats.
War Is Kind by Stephen Crane
Poems of War: “War Is Kind” by Stephen Crane (1899)
36 Classic and New Poems for Reading in...
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, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Carl Sandburg, William Butler Yeats, Amy Lowell, Adelaide Crapsey and Robert Frost, plus new poems from contemporary poets around the world.
Carpe Diem - 16 Poems That Will Inspire You to...
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.
A light exists in spring by Emily Dickinson
Poems for Spring: “A light exists in spring” (#812) by Emily Dickinson
How To Locate the Text of a Poem
A simple step-by-step outline of how to find the text of a poem on the Net when you can only remember one line.
How To Memorize a Poem
You memorize because you have to, the poem was written for you and you must make it your own, step-by-step you learn it by heart.
Making poems in the face of calamity - Our...
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.
13 Favorite Baseball Poems to Read Between the...
Our favorite baseball poems, selected for reading while you’re watching a game.
How to Make Your Poems into a Book
A simple step-by-step outline to help you gather your poems in manuscript form for submission to publishers or publication contests, transforming your sheaf of assorted poems into a book manuscript.
To Winter by William Blake
Winter Poems: “To Winter” by William Blake (from Poetical Sketches, 1783)
Dreaming of Xanadu: Coleridge’s...
Notes on the content of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan” (1798). Page 3.
A Collection of Poems to Share with Dad on...
A collection of classic 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.
42 Classic and New Poems for the Summer Season
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, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, John Greenleaf Whittier, John Clare, Walt Whitman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Russell Lowell, Amy Lowell, Carl Sandburg, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edgar A. Guest and Edna St. Vincent Millay, plus new poems from contemporary poets around the world.
Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines by Pablo...
“Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines” by Pablo Neruda (1924, English translation by W.S. Merwin)
Nursery Rhymes All Kinds
Nursery rhymes come in many different shapes, sizes and types. Here’s an annotated list of some of the varieties of nursery rhymes, with linked examples.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel...
Ballads and Poems of Sailors and Seafarers: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)
To My Mother by Christina Rossetti
Poems for Mothers: “To My Mother” by Christina Rossetti (1842)
Poets Protesting Way Back When - Historical...
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.
Spring Song from Love's Labors Lost by William...
Poems for Spring: “Spring” (song from Love’s Labors Lost) by William Shakespeare (1598)
How Is a Villanelle Made? Refrains Ringing Down...
About the villanelle, a 19-line form of repeating refrain lines drawn from the Renaissance troubadours, with examples of its 19th and 20th century flowering in English.
Autumn by John Clare
Autumn Poems: “Autumn” by John Clare (from <i>The Village Minstrel</i>, 1821)
How does Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can...
Notes on reading Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” an extremely compressed lyric on the evanescence of value and the inevitability of a fall, from his 1923 collection, New Hampshire.
Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
Poems for Mothers: “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes (1922)
Guide Picks – Poem Collections for Children
Selected anthologies of poems especially for reading aloud with your children.
A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost
Poems for Spring: “A Prayer in Spring” by Robert Frost (1915)
The Secret of the Sea by Henry Wadsworth...
Poems of Sailors and Seafarers: “The Secret of the Sea” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1850)
What Is an Acrostic Poem?
Acrostic poem defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of classic acrostic poems.
Tempestuous Lines and Stormy Stanzas: 8 Classic...
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, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, Siegfried Sassoon and Jean Toomer.
The Schoolboy by William Blake
Summer Poems: “The Schoolboy” by William Blake (from Songs of Experience, 1794)
What Makes a Haiku a Haiku? Turning Through the...
Haiku defined, in our glossary of poetic forms.
What Makes a Sonnet a Sonnet?
The sonnet defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of classic sonnets.
Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon
Poems of War: “Aftermath” by Siegfried Sassoon (1919)
Winter-Time by Robert Louis Stevenson
Winter Poems: “Winter-Time” by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)
To My Mother by Edgar Allan Poe
Poems for Mothers: “To My Mother” by Edgar Allan Poe (1849)
Dust of Snow and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy...
Winter Poems: “Dust of Snow” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost (1923)
14 Classic Poems Inspired by the Garden
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.
Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
Poems for Weddings, Love Poems: Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare (1609)
Spring, the Sweet Spring from Summer's Last...
Poems for Spring: “Spring, the Sweet Spring,” from Summer’s Last Will and Testament by Thomas Nashe (1600)
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Baa Baa Black Sheep” (1744)
Lord Randall, anonymous folk ballad
Ballads: “Lord Randall,” an anonymous folk ballad of the 18th century, published by Sir Walter Scott in 1803
To Spring by William Blake
Poems for Spring: “To Spring” by William Blake (from Poetical Sketches, 1783)
Iamb
Iamb defined, in our glossary of poetic terms.
Blow, blow thou winter wind from As You Like It...
Winter Poems: “Blow, blow thou winter wind” from As You Like It by William Shakespeare (1600)
Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare
Love Poems: Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare (1609)
Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Love Poems: Sonnet 43 (“How do I love thee?”) from Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1850)
We Must Do What We Can - Classic and Contempora...
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.
Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Baker's Man
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Baker’s Man” (1698)
21 Classic Spooky Poems for All Hallows’...
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, Walt Whitman, Abram Joseph Ryan, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edith Wharton, Adelaide Crapsey, Robert Frost, Winifred M. Letts, Carl Sandburg and Thomas Hardy.
Guide Picks – Collections of Love Poems
Anthologies and single poet collections of love poetry, classic and contemporary, from ancient and modern cultures all over the world, selected by your guide.
Winter Stores by Charlotte Bronte
Winter Poems: “Winter Stores” by Charlotte Brontë (1846)
A Nation's Strength by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Independence Day Poems: “A Nation’s Strength” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1904)
There's a certain Slant of light by Emily...
Winter Poems: “There’s a certain Slant of light” (#258) by Emily Dickinson
Mother o' Mine by Rudyard Kipling
Poems for Mothers: “Mother o’ Mine” by Rudyard Kipling (1891)
O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
Elegies, Poems of Sailors and Seafarers and Poems for President Lincoln: “O Captain! My Captain!” from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (from <i>Leaves of Grass</i>, first published in 1867 edition)
Jack and Jill
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Jack and Jill” (1760s)
Song for All Seas, All Ships by Walt Whitman
Poems of Sailors and Seafarers: “Song for All Seas, All Ships” from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (first published in 1882 edition)
Lines Written in Early Spring by William...
Poems for Spring: “Lines Written in Early Spring” by William Wordsworth (1798)
Song of Myself by Walt Whitman (page 2)
“Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass, first published in the 1855 edition), page 2
Two Tramps in Mud Time by Robert Frost
Poems for Spring: “Two Tramps in Mud Time” by Robert Frost (1934)
The Sailor Boy by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Poems of Sailors and Seafarers: “The Sailor Boy” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1861)
Robert Frost Invites Us In - Colloquial speech...
Notes on reading Robert Frost’s poem “The Pasture,” originally published as the preface to his first American book, North of Boston, and often chosen by Frost as the introductory poem when he gave a reading.
My Mother by Claude McKay
Poems for Mothers: “My Mother” by Claude McKay (1922)
Frost at Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Winter Poems: “Frost at Midnight” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)
A Prayer for My Daughter by William Butler Yeats
Poems for Fathers: “A Prayer for My Daughter” by William Butler Yeats (from <i>Michael Robartes and the Dancer</i>, 1921)
Simple Simon
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Simple Simon” (1764)
'An Acrostic' by Edgar Allan Poe
'An Acrostic' by Edgar Allan Poe (1829): edgar allan poe poems by edgar allan poe pride and passion acrostic poetic forms
Love by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love Poems: “Love” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1799)
Burning Questions: A Guide to William...
Notes on the content of William Blake’s poem “The Tyger” from Songs of Experience (1794). Page 3.
Ladybug, Ladybug
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Ladybug, Ladybug” (c. 1744)
To a Locomotive in Winter by Walt Whitman
Winter Poems: “To a Locomotive in Winter” from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (first published in 1881-82 edition)
The Spring by Thomas Carew
Poems for Spring: “The Spring” by Thomas Carew (1640)
Jack Sprat
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Jack Sprat” (1639)
How To Get Started Submitting Your Poems for...
A simple step-by-step outline to help you manage the process of submitting your poems for publication in print.
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, for President’s Day reading.
Not to Keep by Robert Frost
Poems of War: “Not to Keep” by Robert Frost (1917)
To Everything There Is a Season - Read the Poem...
Text of the poem “To Everything There Is a Season,” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 verses attributed to King Solomon, from the King James Version of the Bible (1611).
Hickory, Dickory Dock
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Hickory, Dickory Dock” (1744)
Memory and Nature: A Guide to William...
Notes on context, form and content, commentary and quotations on William Wordsworth’s poem “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey” (1798).
The Snowman by Wallace Stevens
Winter Poems: “The Snowman” by Wallace Stevens (1921)
On the Sonnet by John Keats
“On the Sonnet” by John Keats (1848): poems by john keats bay wreath john keats dead leaves naked foot
Under Ben Bulben by William Butler Yeats
“Under Ben Bulben” by William Butler Yeats (1939)
To Autumn by John Keats
Autumn Poems: “To Autumn” by John Keats (1820)
The Mystic Blue by D.H. Lawrence
Poems of Sailors and Seafarers: “The Mystic Blue” by D.H. Lawrence (1916)
This Old Man
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “This Old Man” (1906)
On Robert Frost’s Poem “Acquainted...
Notes on reading Robert Frost’s poem “Acquainted with the Night,” an American sonnet which is also an example of terza rima used in English.
Winter: A Dirge by Robert Burns
Winter Poems: “Winter: A Dirge” by Robert Burns (1781)
To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
Poems for Weddings, Love Poems: “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet (1678)
A Sailor's Song by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Poems of Sailors and Seafarers: “A Sailor’s Song” by Paul Laurence Dunbar (from <i>Lyrics of the Hearthside</i>, 1899)
An Old Man's Winter Night by Robert Frost
Winter Poems: “An Old Man’s Winter Night” by Robert Frost (1920)
The Cold Heaven by William Butler Yeats
Winter Poems: “The Cold Heaven” by William Butler Yeats (from <i>Responsibilities and Other Poems</i>, 1916)
Langston Hughes, Poet Laureate of Black America
A reference page on Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), unofficial poet laureate of Black American life and culture, radical democrat at the center of the Harlem Renaissance.
Classic Poems Everyone Should Know
A list of essential poems everyone should know, selected by Poetry Guide Margery Snyder—these are classics of the English language, old poems that linger in the memory of English speakers and shape our thoughts.
A little madness in the Spring by Emily Dickinson
Poems for Spring: “A little madness in the Spring” (#1333) by Emily Dickinson
Concrete Poems: 'The Bird' and 'The Quill' by...
'The Bird' and 'The Quill' by Ernesto Santiago: limitless sky concrete poems airborne ranger helvetica font body background
Carpe Diem by Robert Frost
Carpe Diem Poems: “Carpe Diem” by Robert Frost (1923)
Spring Rain, Spring Air and Four Haiku by...
Poems for Spring: “Spring Rain,” “Spring Air” and Four Haiku by Matsuo Basho (c. 1680)
Jupiter Hammon
A profile of Jupiter Hammon, actually the first African-American poet whose work was published, despite the often repeated claim that it was Phillis Wheatley. Article by George Wallace.
Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson
Poems of Sailors and Seafarers: “Requiem” by Robert Louis Stevenson (1887)
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost
Autumn Poems: “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost (1923)
'Amethyst Rocks' by Saul Williams
'Amethyst Rocks' by Saul Williams: candy yams saul williams mother earths purple rain freebasing
Sonnet 98 by William Shakespeare
Poems for Spring: Sonnet 98 - “From you have I been absent in the spring” by William Shakespeare (1609)
Terza Rima - the Three-Part Shape of Dante's...
Terza rima defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of the form in English.
Spring Quiet by Christina Rossetti
Poems for Spring: “Spring Quiet” by Christina Rossetti (from <i>Verses</i>, 1847)
Young Lambs by John Clare
Poems for Spring: “Young Lambs” by John Clare (from <i>Poems Chiefly from Manuscript</i>, 1920)
The Two Voices by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Terza Rima: “The Two Voices” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1842)
Waka Waka Bang Splat! The World's First...
A poem created entirely of special characters -- it can only be properly appreciated by reading it out loud.
Sonnets are full of love by Christina Rossetti
Poems for Mothers: “Sonnets are full of love” by Christina Rossetti (from <i>A Pageant and Other Poems</i>, 1881)
The Little Boy Found by William Blake
Poems for Mothers: “The Little Boy Found” by William Blake (from Songs of Innocence, 1791)
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Taylor
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” by Jane Taylor (1806)
“No Idea But in Things” - The Three...
A brief history of the Imagist movement in modernist poetry, summarizing its principles as outlined by Ezra Pound and Amy Lowell.
13 Poems About America for the 4th of July
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.
This Little Piggy
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “This Little Piggy” (1760)
Now Winter Nights Enlarge by Thomas Campion
'Winter Poems: “Now Winter Nights Enlarge” by Thomas Campion (1617)
Sonnet 21 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Love Poems: Sonnet 21 from Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1850)
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” (1805)
Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Poems for the New Year: “Ring Out, Wild Bells” from In Memoriam A.H.H. by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1849)
Hush, Little Baby, or The Mockingbird Song
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Hush, Little Baby,” also called “The Mockingbird Song,” traditional, probably 18th century
A Prayer for My Son by William Butler Yeats
Poems for Fathers: “A Prayer for My Son” by William Butler Yeats (from <i>The Tower</i>, 1928)
A Girl's Garden by Robert Frost
Garden Poems: “A Girl’s Garden” by Robert Frost (from <i>Mountain Interval</i>, 1920)
The Birds by William Blake
Bird Poems: “The Birds” by William Blake (from the later poems in the Rossetti manuscript, written ca. 1800 - 1810, published by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1863)
Fibonacci Poems
All you need to know about Fibonacci poems, a new math-based poetic form that is proliferating on the Internet, by Georgia Luna Smith Faust.
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” (c. 1744)
America, A Prophecy (A Prophecy) by William Blake
Independence Day Poems: “America, A Prophecy” (A Prophecy) by William Blake (1793)
The Nightingale by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Bird Poems: “The Nightingale” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)
Lucy Gray, or Solitude by William Wordsworth
Ballads: “Lucy Gray” by William Wordsworth (1799)
Robert Frost - Icon of New England Americana,...
A biographical profile of Robert Frost, celebrated American poet whose work is rooted in New England farm life, combining a modernist sensibility and sense of language in traditional verse forms.
The Ballad of East and West by Rudyard Kipling
Ballads: “The Ballad of East and West” by Rudyard Kipling (1889)
The Beat Variation on Haiku - Allen Ginsberg's...
An introduction to Allen Ginsberg’s variation on haiku, The American Sentences: “One sentence, 17 syllables, end of story. It makes for a rush of a poem....”
There was a Child went Forth by Walt Whitman
Poems for Mothers: “There was a Child went Forth” by Walt Whitman (first published in 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass)
Spring Day by Amy Lowell
Poems for Spring: “Spring Day” by Amy Lowell (1916)
The Seafarer by Ezra Pound
Poems of Sailors and Seafarers: “The Seafarer” by Ezra Pound (1912)
Tricky, Tricky: Was Frost writing about...
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Song of Myself by Walt Whitman (page 3)
“Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass, first published in the 1855 edition), page 3
The Autumn by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Autumn Poems: “The Autumn” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1833)
Nefarious War by Li Po
Poems of War: “Nefarious War,” by Li Po (c. 750)
What is a Sestina? A 6-Word Knitting Pattern
The sestina defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of classic sestinas.

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