The Figure-Head by Herman Melville

The Figure-Head by Herman Melville

by Herman Melville The Charles-and-Emma seaward sped, (Named from the carven pair at prow,) He so smart, and a curly head, She tricked forth as a bride knows how: Pretty…
Nightingales by Robert Bridges

Nightingales by Robert Bridges

Robert Bridges Beautiful must be the mountains whence ye come, And bright in the fruitful valleys the streams, wherefrom Ye learn your song: Where are those starry woods? O might…
Revolutions by Matthew Arnold

Revolutions by Matthew Arnold

by Matthew Arnold Before man parted for this earthly strand, While yet upon the verge of heaven he stood, God put a heap of letters in his hand, And bade…
One Day by Rupert Brooke

One Day by Rupert Brooke

by Rupert Brooke Today I have been happy. All the day I held the memory of you, and wove Its laughter with the dancing light o' the spray, And sowed…
Far Off-Shore by Herman Melville

Far Off-Shore by Herman Melville

by Herman Melville Look, the raft, a signal flying, Thin a shred; None upon the lashed spars lying, Quick or dead. Cries the sea-fowl, hovering over, "Crew, the crew?" And…
“LUCY” by Oliver Wendell Holmes

“LUCY” by Oliver Wendell Holmes

by Oliver Wendell Holmes   "Lucy." The old familiar name Is now, as always, pleasant, Its liquid melody the same Alike in past or present; Let others call you what…
Beauty and Beauty by Rupert Brooke

Beauty and Beauty by Rupert Brooke

  by Rupert Brooke When Beauty and Beauty meet All naked, fair to fair, The earth is crying-sweet, And scattering-bright the air, Eddying, dizzying, closing round, With soft and drunken…
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

by John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce…
A Valentine by Lewis Carroll

A Valentine by Lewis Carroll

by Lewis Carroll And cannot pleasures, while they last, Be actual unless, when past, They leave us shuddering and aghast, With anguish smarting And cannot friends be firm and fast,…
The Night March by Herman Melville

The Night March by Herman Melville

  by Herman Melville With banners furled and clarions mute, An army passes in the night; And beaming spears and helms salute The dark with bright. In silence deep the…
To Milton by Oscar Wilde

To Milton by Oscar Wilde

  by Oscar Wilde Milton! I think thy spirit hath passed away From these white cliffs and high-embattled towers; This gorgeous fiery-coloured world of ours Seems fallen into ashes dull…
The Sleeper by Edgar Allan Poe

The Sleeper by Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe At midnight, in the month of June, I stand beneath the mystic moon. An opiate vapor, dewy, dim, Exhales from out her golden rim, And softly…
The Hero by Siegfried Sassoon

The Hero by Siegfried Sassoon

by Siegfried Sassoon "Jack fell as he'd have wished," the Mother said, And folded up the letter that she'd read. "The Colonel writes so nicely." Something broke In the tired…
Conversation Galante by T. S. Eliot

Conversation Galante by T. S. Eliot

Conversation Galante by T. S. Eliot I observe: “Our sentimental friend the moon! Or possibly (fantastic, I confess) It may be Prester John’s balloon Or an old battered lantern hung…
XXVI by Emily Dickinson

XXVI by Emily Dickinson

XXVI. The farthest thunder that I heard Was nearer than the sky, And rumbles still, though torrid noons Have lain their missiles by. The lightning that preceded it Struck no…
Ballade of Christmas by Andrew Lang

Ballade of Christmas by Andrew Lang

Ballade of Christmas by Andrew Lang Between the moonlight and the fire In winter twilights long ago, What ghosts we raised for your desire, To make your merry blood run…
Each and All By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each and All By Ralph Waldo Emerson

?By Ralph Waldo Emerson Little thinks, in the field, yon red-cloaked clown Of thee from the hill-top looking down; The heifer that lows in the upland farm, Far-heard, lows not…
City of Ships by Walt Whitman

City of Ships by Walt Whitman

?by Walt Whitman ? City of ships! (O the black ships! O the fierce ships! O the beautiful, sharp-bowed steam-ships and sail-ships!) City of the world! (for all races are…
The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe

The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe

The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe In the greenest of our valleys By good angels tenanted, Once a fair and stately palace? Radiant palace?reared its head. In the monarch…
THE VAMPIRE by Rudyard Kipling

THE VAMPIRE by Rudyard Kipling

by Rudyard Kipling (The verses?as suggested by the painting by Philip Burne Jones, first exhibited at the new gallery in London in 1897.) . A fool there was and he…
The Kraken by Lord Alfred Tennyson

The Kraken by Lord Alfred Tennyson

The Kraken by Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth: faintest…
THE LOOKING-GLASS BY RUDYARD KIPLING

THE LOOKING-GLASS BY RUDYARD KIPLING

THE LOOKING-GLASS by RUDYARD KIPLING The Queen was in her chamber, and she was middling old, Her petticoat was of satin, and her stomacher was gold. Backwards and forwards and…
Sleepy Hollow by William Ellery Channing

Sleepy Hollow by William Ellery Channing

SLEEPY HOLLOW No abbey's gloom, nor dark cathedral-stoops, No winding torches paint the midnight air; Here the green pines delight, the aspen droops Along the modest pathways, and those fair…
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore? While I nodded, nearly napping,…
The Foresaken by William Wordsworth

The Foresaken by William Wordsworth

By William Wordsworth THE peace which others seek they find; The heaviest storms not longest last; Heaven grants even to the guiltiest mind An amnesty for what is past; When…
XI.by Emily Dickinson

XI.by Emily Dickinson

by Emily Dickinson Much madness is divinest sense To a discerning eye; Much sense the starkest madness. 'T is the majority In this, as all, prevails. Assent, and you are…
A Sea Dirge by Lewis Carroll

A Sea Dirge by Lewis Carroll

A SEA DIRGE ?There are certain things - as, a spider, a ghost, The income-tax, gout, an umbrella for three - That I hate, but the thing that I hate…
To Papa by Louis M. Alcott

To Papa by Louis M. Alcott

Louis May Alcott (1832 -1888) TO PAPA by Louisa M. Alcott In high Olympus' sacred shade A gift Minerva wrought For her beloved philosopher Immersed in deepest thought. A shield…
X. Emily Dickinson

X. Emily Dickinson

I died for beauty, but was scarce Adjusted in the tomb, When one who died for truth was lain In an adjoining room. He questioned softly why I failed? "For…
Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling

Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) You may talk o' gin and beer When you're quartered safe out 'ere, An' you're sent to penny-fights an' Aldershot it; But when it comes to slaughter…
A VALENTINE by Lewis Carroll

A VALENTINE by Lewis Carroll

by Lewis Carroll And cannot pleasures, while they last, Be actual unless, when past, They leave us shuddering and aghast, With anguish smarting? And cannot friends be firm and fast,…
Those Who Love by Sara Teasdale

Those Who Love by Sara Teasdale

Those Who Love by Sara Teasdale Those who love the most Do not talk of their love; Francesca, Guenevere, Dierdre, Iseult, Heloise In the fragrant gardens of heaven Are silent,…
A REBEL by John Gould Fletcher

A REBEL by John Gould Fletcher

by John Gould Fletcher (1886-1950) Tie a bandage over his eyes, And at his feet Let rifles drearily patter Their death-prayers of defeat. Throw a blanket over his body, It…
Mist by Henry David Thoreau

Mist by Henry David Thoreau

Mist by Henry David Thoreau Low-anchored cloud, Newfoundland air, Fountain head and source of rivers, Dew-cloth, dream drapery, And napkin spread by fays; Drifting meadow of the air, Where bloom…
Fragment by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Fragment by Edwin Arlington Robinson

About Edwin Robinson: Born at Head Tide, Maine, Dec. 22, 1869. Educated at Harvard University. Mr. Robinson is a psychological poet of great subtlety; his poems are usually studies of types and he has given us a remarkable series of portraits. He is recognized as one of the finest and most distinguished poets of our time. He won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.
THE MOON by William H. Davies

THE MOON by William H. Davies

According to his own biography, William H. Davies was born in a public-house called Church House at Newport, in the County of Monmouthshire, April 20, 1870, of Welsh parents. He was, until Bernard Shaw "discovered" him, a cattleman, a berry-picker, a panhandler?in short, a vagabond. In a preface to Davies' second book, The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (1906)
THE NEVERMORE by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

THE NEVERMORE by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) THE NEVERMORE by Dante Gabriel Rossetti Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been; I am also called No-more, Too-late, Farewell; Unto thine ear I hold…
SORROWS AND JOYS by George Meredith

SORROWS AND JOYS by George Meredith

George Meredith 1828-1909 SORROWS AND JOYS Bury thy sorrows, and they shall rise As souls to the immortal skies, And there look down like mothers' eyes. But let thy joys…
The Soldier’s Wife by Robert Southey

The Soldier’s Wife by Robert Southey

Robert Southey (1774-1843) The Soldier's Wife by Robert Southey Weary way-wanderer languid and sick at heart Travelling painfully over the rugged road, Wild-visag'd Wanderer! ah for thy heavy chance! Sorely…