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18 Classic Poems of the Christmas Season
A collection of classic Christmas poems, by William Shakespeare, Robert Herrick, Henry Vaughan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Clement Clark Moore (or Major Henry Livingston, Jr.), Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christina Rossetti, G.K. Chesterton, Sara Teasdale, Walter de la Mare, Thomas Hardy, Robert Frost & William Butler Yeats.
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..
Christmas Trees by Robert Frost
Christmas Poems: “Christmas Trees” by Robert Frost (1920)
The True Christmas by Henry Vaughan
Christmas Poems: “The True Christmas” by Henry Vaughan (1678)
A Christmas Carol by George Wither
Christmas Poems: “A Christmas Carol” by George Wither (1622)
In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti
Christmas Poems: “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Christina Rossetti (written 1872, published posthumously in 1904)
Handed Down Through the Generations: Classic...
A collection of classic English and American nursery rhymes—the lullabyes, counting games, riddles and rhymed fables.
To Winter by William Blake
Winter Poems: “To Winter” by William Blake (from Poetical Sketches, 1783)
Mistletoe by Walter de la Mare
Christmas Poems: “Mistletoe” by Walter de la Mare (1913)
Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Christmas Poems: “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1864)
15 Classic Poems to Mark the Turning of a New...
A collection of classic poems to mark the turning of a new year, by Robert Burns, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, William Cullen Bryant, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Helen Hunt Jackson, Francis Thompson, Thomas Hardy, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, D.H. Lawrence and John Clare.
A Christmas Carol by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Christmas Poems: “A Christmas Carol” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1799)
The Twelve Days of Christmas, anonymous English...
Christmas Poems: “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” an anonymous English Christmas carol first published in the children's book Mirth Without Mischief in 1780
Christmas in the Olden Time by Sir Walter Scott
Christmas Poems: “Christmas in the Olden Time” from <i>Marmion</i> by Sir Walter Scott (1808)
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.
The Magi by William Butler Yeats
Christmas Poems: “The Magi” by William Butler Yeats (from <i>Responsibilities and Other Poems</i>, 1916)
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.
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 Christmas Carol by G.K. Chesterton
Christmas Poems: “A Christmas Carol” by G.K. Chesterton (1900)
Lines spoken after the ghost's exit from Hamlet...
Christmas Poems: Lines spoken after the ghost’s exit, from Act I, Scene 1 of Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1603)
Christmas Carol by Sara Teasdale
Christmas Poems: “Christmas Carol” by Sara Teasdale (1911)
Ceremonies for Christmas by Robert Herrick
Christmas Poems: “Ceremonies for Christmas” by Robert Herrick (1648)
Winter Stores by Charlotte Bronte
Winter Poems: “Winter Stores” by Charlotte Brontë (1846)
Winter-Time by Robert Louis Stevenson
Winter Poems: “Winter-Time” by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)
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)
Frost at Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Winter Poems: “Frost at Midnight” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)
There's a certain Slant of light by Emily...
Winter Poems: “There’s a certain Slant of light” (#258) by Emily Dickinson
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)
Twas just this time last year I died (#445) by...
Christmas Poems: “Twas just this time last year I died” (#445) by Emily Dickinson
The Snowman by Wallace Stevens
Winter Poems: “The Snowman” by Wallace Stevens (1921)
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.
Christmas at Sea by Robert Louis Stevenson
Christmas Poems: “Christmas at Sea” by Robert Louis Stevenson (1888)
War Is Kind by Stephen Crane
Poems of War: “War Is Kind” by Stephen Crane (1899)
In drear-nighted December by John Keats
Winter Poems: “In drear-nighted December” by John Keats (1829)
Song of Myself by Walt Whitman
“Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass, first published in the 1855 edition)
The Oxen by Thomas Hardy
Christmas Poems: “The Oxen” by Thomas Hardy (1915)
St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V by...
Poems of War: St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V by William Shakespeare (1599)
Among School Children by William Butler Yeats
“Among School Children” by William Butler Yeats (from <i>The Tower</i>, 1928)
A Visit from St. Nicholas attributed to Clement...
Christmas Poems: “A Visit from St. Nicholas” attributed to Clement Clark Moore (1823) , but probably written by Major Henry Livingston, Jr. (1808)
An Old Man's Winter Night by Robert Frost
Winter Poems: “An Old Man’s Winter Night” by Robert Frost (1920)
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.
Now Winter Nights Enlarge by Thomas Campion
'Winter Poems: “Now Winter Nights Enlarge” by Thomas Campion (1617)
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.
How to Unblock! Write First Time, Every Time!
A list of suggestions to get you writing poems again when you’re blocked. About Poetry Guide Bob Holman has lots of ways to unblock, tap your poetic springs, get the poems flowing, write first time, every time.
The Cold Heaven by William Butler Yeats
Winter Poems: “The Cold Heaven” by William Butler Yeats (from <i>Responsibilities and Other Poems</i>, 1916)
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.
Winter Conversation by Joyce Wakefield
Winter Poems: “Winter Conversation” by Joyce Wakefield
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)
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.
Winter: A Dirge by Robert Burns
Winter Poems: “Winter: A Dirge” by Robert Burns (1781)
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
Winter Heavens by George Meredith
Winter Poems: “Winter Heavens” by George Meredith (1846)
Sonnet 97 by William Shakespeare
Winter Poems: Sonnet 97 – “How like a winter hath my absence been” by William Shakespeare (1609)
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.
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.
13 Favorite Baseball Poems to Read Between the...
Our favorite baseball poems, selected for reading while you’re watching a game.
Going for Water by Robert Frost
“Going for Water” by Robert Frost (1915)
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.
Dreaming of Xanadu: Coleridge’s...
Notes on the content of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan” (1798). Page 3.
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.
What Makes a Sonnet a Sonnet?
The sonnet defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of classic sonnets.
London Snow by Robert Bridges
Winter Poems: “London Snow” by Robert Bridges (1890)
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.
To My Mother by Christina Rossetti
Poems for Mothers: “To My Mother” by Christina Rossetti (1842)
Untitled winter poem by Dorothea Grossman
Winter Poems: Untitled winter poem by Dorothea Grossman
This Winter by Charles Mariano
Winter Poems: “This Winter” by Charles Mariano
New Year's Morning by Helen Hunt Jackson
Poems for the New Year: “New Year’s Morning” by Helen Hunt Jackson (1892)
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.
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.
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.
The Times Are Nightfall by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Winter Poems: “The Times Are Nightfall” by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1918)
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)
What Makes a Haiku a Haiku? Turning Through the...
Haiku defined, in our glossary of poetic forms.
To My Mother by Edgar Allan Poe
Poems for Mothers: “To My Mother” by Edgar Allan Poe (1849)
The Secret of the Sea by Henry Wadsworth...
Poems of Sailors and Seafarers: “The Secret of the Sea” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1850)
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.
One Year ago — jots what? by Emily...
Poems for the New Year: “One Year ago — jots what?” (#296) by Emily Dickinson
Guide Picks – Poem Collections for Children
Selected anthologies of poems especially for reading aloud with your children.
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.
Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
Poems for Mothers: “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes (1922)
Winter in Durnover Field by Thomas Hardy
Winter Poems: “Winter in Durnover Field” by Thomas Hardy (1901)
The Death of the Old Year by Alfred, Lord...
Poems for the New Year: “The Death of the Old Year” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1842)
Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
Poems for Weddings, Love Poems: Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare (1609)
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.
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Baa Baa Black Sheep” (1744)
It sifts from Leaden Sieves — by Emily...
Winter Poems: “It sifts from Leaden Sieves —” (#311) by Emily Dickinson
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)
Iamb
Iamb defined, in our glossary of poetic terms.
Lord Randall, anonymous folk ballad
Ballads: “Lord Randall,” an anonymous folk ballad of the 18th century, published by Sir Walter Scott in 1803
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)
What Is an Acrostic Poem?
Acrostic poem defined, in our glossary of poetic forms, with links to examples of classic acrostic poems.
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.
A Nation's Strength by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Independence Day Poems: “A Nation’s Strength” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1904)
To Autumn by John Keats
Autumn Poems: “To Autumn” by John Keats (1820)
Land of Long Shadows by Ruth Hill
Winter Poems: “Land of Long Shadows” by Ruth Hill
Winter in Maine on Rte 113 and Silent Solstice...
Winter Poems: “Winter in Maine on Rte 113” and “Silent Solstice (Winter Becomes Maine)” by Denis Dunn
Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare
Love Poems: Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare (1609)
Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon
Poems of War: “Aftermath” by Siegfried Sassoon (1919)
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.
Prose Poems
Notes on the history of the prose poem, brought into English by the influence of Charles Baudelaire on the early 20th century Modernists, and a collection of classic prose poems by Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, Amy Lowell, Carl Sandburg and William Carlos Williams.
Old and New Year Ditties by Christina Rossetti
Poems for the New Year: “Old and New Year Ditties” by Christina Rossetti (from <i>Goblin Market and Other Poems</i>, 1862)
A light exists in spring by Emily Dickinson
Poems for Spring: “A light exists in spring” (#812) by Emily Dickinson
Our Favorite Poems for Thanksgiving Day
A selection of mostly American poems for Thanksgiving Day, including a translation of a traditional Iroquois song by Harriet Maxwell Converse and classic poems by Robert Herrick, Lydia Maria Child, John Greenleaf Whittier, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Kate Seymour Maclean, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Thornton W. Burgess and Carl Sandburg.
North Wind by Debbie Ouellet
Winter Poems: “North Wind” by Debbie Ouellet
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).
A Song for New Year's Eve by William Cullen...
Poems for the New Year: “A Song for New Year’s Eve” by William Cullen Bryant (1859)
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
Mother o' Mine by Rudyard Kipling
Poems for Mothers: “Mother o’ Mine” by Rudyard Kipling (1891)
The Schoolboy by William Blake
Summer Poems: “The Schoolboy” by William Blake (from Songs of Experience, 1794)
Underground Xmas by Jackie Sheeler
Winter Poems: “Underground Xmas” by Jackie Sheeler
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
Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns
Poems for the New Year: “Song—Auld Lang Syne,” traditional song written down by Robert Burns in 1788
It Was So Cold by Whitman McGowan
Winter Poems: “It Was So Cold” by Whitman McGowan
Poetry Writing Apps
Apps designed to help you write poems on your smart phone or iPad — these new-fangled tools bring the ancient art into our 21st century devices.
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.
My Mother by Claude McKay
Poems for Mothers: “My Mother” by Claude McKay (1922)
Math and Poetry, Form and Formula
In my mind the languages of poetry and mathematics have long carried entirely different modes of thought—one abstract and hard-edged, the other idiosyncratic
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)
The Old Year by John Clare
Poems for the New Year: “The Old Year” by John Clare (from <i>Poems Chiefly from Manuscript</i>, 1920)
America, A Prophecy (A Prophecy) by William Blake
Independence Day Poems: “America, A Prophecy” (A Prophecy) by William Blake (1793)
Reaching for White by Lisa Shields
Winter Poems: “Reaching for White” by Lisa Shields
Poems for Peace: 'No Flowers For Terrorists, A...
Linda Lerner's contributions to the About Poetry anthology of peace poems
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)
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
Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Baker's Man
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Baker’s Man” (1698)
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.
Under Ben Bulben by William Butler Yeats
“Under Ben Bulben” by William Butler Yeats (1939)
Flightless Bird by Jim Finnegan
Winter Poems: “Flightless Bird” by Jim Finnegan
New Year's Eve by D.H. Lawrence
Poems for the New Year: “New Year’s Eve” by D.H. Lawrence (1917)
Hickory, Dickory Dock
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Hickory, Dickory Dock” (1744)
New Year's Eve by Thomas Hardy
Poems for the New Year: “New Year’s Eve” by Thomas Hardy (1906)
Jack and Jill
Classic Nursery Rhymes: “Jack and Jill” (1760s)
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).
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.
Carpe Diem by Robert Frost
Carpe Diem Poems: “Carpe Diem” by Robert Frost (1923)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
A reference page on Gothic/Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834), with Wordsworth a founder of the Romantic movement in poetry, noted critic and philosopher whose influence can be seen in many succeeding generations of poets.
'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
The Year by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Poems for the New Year: “The Year” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1910)
From Cold Unblinking Eyes by Salvatore Buttaci
Winter Poems: “From Cold Unblinking Eyes” by Salvatore Buttaci
The Sailor Boy by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Poems of Sailors and Seafarers: “The Sailor Boy” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1861)
31 Poems for All Seasons by America’s...
Our library of poem texts – selected poems by Robert Frost, in chronological order.
Two Tramps in Mud Time by Robert Frost
Poems for Spring: “Two Tramps in Mud Time” by Robert Frost (1934)
William Butler Yeats, Poet & Playwright of...
A biographical profile of mystical/historical Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), a towering figure in 20th century literature in English, master of traditional verse forms and at the same time idol of the modernist poets who followed him.
Love by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love Poems: “Love” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1799)
To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
Poems for Weddings, Love Poems: “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet (1678)
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