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By: Frank Gelett Burgess (1886-1951)

Book cover Goop Directory (version 3)

The Goop Directory of Juvenile Offenders Famous for Their Misdeeds and Serving as a Salutary Example for All Virtuous Children In this DIRECTORY you'll see Just what you never ought to be; And so, it should Direct you way To Good Behavior, every day. The children of whose faults I tell Are known by other names, as well, So see that you aren’t in this group Of Naughty Ones. Don’t be a Goop!

By: John Neihardt (1881-1973)

Book cover Song of Three Friends

The Song of Three Friends is one of five epic poems in Neihardt's, "Cycle of the West". In eight cantos it tells the tale of three friends, Mike Fink, Will Carpenter and Frank Talbeau, who travel up the Missouri River in 1822 as members of Ashley's Hundred to seek their fortunes in the fur fields of the Rocky Mountains. The friends fall out over the love of a woman with fatal consequences. The Song of Three Friends won “Best Volume of Verse” from the Poetry Society of America shortly after it was published.. - Summary by Fritz

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 209

This is a collection of 64 poems read in English by volunteers for October 2020. October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this collection focuses mostly on female poets. Know your normal, check yourself regularly, see your doctor if you notice anything unusual.

Book cover Birds, Vol. III, No 4, April 1898

Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography was a monthly publication of the Nature Study Publishing Company of Chicago. It includes short poems, anecdotes and factual descriptions of birds with accompanying color plates. The magazine was published from 1898-1907 under the various titles, "Birds," "Birds and all Nature," "Nature and Art" and "Birds and Nature." Later issues were expanded to include animals, plants, etc. Summary by J. M. Smallheer

By: Ellen Sturgis Hooper (1812-1848)

Book cover Duty

volunteers bring you 25 recordings of Duty by Ellen Sturgis Hooper. This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 4, 2020. ------ Ellen Sturgis Hooper was an American poet. A member of the Transcendental Club, she was widely regarded as one of the most gifted poets among the New England Transcendentalists. Her work is occasionally reprinted in anthologies. She is a new author in the Catalog. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover Birds, Vol. III, No 5, May 1898

Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography was a monthly publication of the Nature Study Publishing Company of Chicago. It includes short poems, anecdotes and factual descriptions of birds with accompanying color plates. The magazine was published from 1898-1907 under the various titles, "Birds," "Birds and all Nature," "Nature and Art" and "Birds and Nature." Later issues were expanded to include animals, plants, etc. Summary by J. M. Smallheer

By: Susanna Moodie (1803-1885)

Book cover Canadian Song

volunteers bring you 26 recordings of A Canadian Song by Susanna Moodie.. This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 25, 2020. ------ Susanna Moodie was an English-born Canadian author who wrote about her experiences as a settler in Canada which was a British colony at the time. Here she celebrates the waterways of Canada. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Book cover Musical Instrument

volunteers bring you 15 recordings of A Musical Instrument by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for October 25, 2020. ------ Elizabeth Barrett Browning was an English poet of the Victorian era, popular in Britain and the United States during her lifetime. Elizabeth's volume Poems brought her great success, attracting the admiration of the writer Robert Browning. Their correspondence, courtship, and marriage were carried out in secret, for fear of her father's disapproval. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Book cover Watt's Songs Against Evil

This small volume of inspirational verse is a collection of the timeless work of the hymnist and theologian, Isaac Watts. Carefully and tactfully conceived, each of these motivational poems contains a valuable lesson relevant to youth's quest for moral guidance in a world of uncertainties and unknowns. But lest these poems be construed as pedantic lectures demanding righteous behavior, the listener will be pleased to discover instead a series of uplifting narratives intended not to admonish but to advise, not to reprimand but to recommend...

By: Various

Book cover Birds, Vol. III, No 6, June 1898

] Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography was a monthly publication of the Nature Study Publishing Company of Chicago. It includes short poems, anecdotes and factual descriptions of birds with accompanying color plates. The magazine was published from 1898-1907 under the various titles, "Birds," "Birds and all Nature," "Nature and Art" and "Birds and Nature." Later issues were expanded to include animals, plants, etc. Summary by J. M. Smallheer

By: Charles Harold Herford (1853-1931)

Book cover In Darkest Africa

volunteers bring you 24 recordings of In Darkest Africa by Charles Harold Herford . This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 1, 2020. ------ WARNING - Cute kitty-cat poem! Oliver Herford was an English writer, artist, and illustrator. His cartoons and humorous verse appeared in journals such as Life, Woman's Home Companion, Century Magazine, Harper's Weekly, The Masses and Punch. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Henry Lawson (1867-1922)

Book cover Ship

volunteers bring you 11 recordings of The Ship by Henry Lawson. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for November 1, 2020. ------ Remembrance Day 2020; An excerpt from A Fantasy of War in the book My Army, O, My Army! and other songs by Henry Lawson - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 210

This is a collection of 46 poems read in English by volunteers for November 2020.

By: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Book cover Watt's Songs Against Faults

These superb poems by the hymnist and theologian Isaac Watts emphasize the importance of developing a positive moral outlook and stress the significance of maintaining vigilance to avoid the pitfalls of everyday life. But although Watts stresses the urgency of heeding the advice outlined in these verses, he delivers his message with divine charm and subtle counsel - never with chastisement, reprimand or rebuke. These inspiring works constitute a written ethical compass for all who are tempted...

By: Henry Lawson (1867-1922)

Book cover Route March

volunteers bring you 16 recordings of The Route March by Henry Lawson. This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 8, Remembrance Day 2020.

By: Frances Cornford (1886-1960)

Book cover Spring Morning

Frances Cornford, the granddaughter of Charles Darwin, wrote several volumes of poetry. In this volume is one of her best known poems, the sad and comic "To a Fat Lady Seen From a Train". - Summary by AnnaLisa Bodtker

By: Sophie Jewett (1861-1909)

Book cover If Spirits Walk

volunteers bring you 16 recordings of If Spirits Walk by Sophie Jewett. This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 22, 2020. ------ Sophie Jewett also known under the pseudonym Ellen Burroughs, was an American lyric poet, translator, and professor at Wellesley College. Her first book under her own name was The Pilgrim, and Other Poems . Jewett wrote in various poetic forms, including the rondeau, the sonnet, and the ballad. Fellow poet Richard Watson Gilder called her a true poet with a golden gift. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: George Essex Evans (1863-1909)

Book cover The Secret Key, And Other Verses

Born in London of Welsh parents, George Essex Evans was raised and educated by his mother Mary Ann in Pembrokeshire after she was widowed when George was only a few months old. Emigrating to Queensland with his siblings to Australia at age 17 with the intention of farming, Evans was badly injured in a horse-riding accident, when he was thrown against a tree and was unable to do any physical work. Evans was described as a reserved man, and at times rather moody and impulsive. However, he was also described as a kind person and a loyal friend...

By: Elizabeth Stoddard (1823-1902)

Book cover Poems

These outstanding poems by the renowned author Elizabeth Stoddard speak of the poet's hunger for the freedom of an idyllic future - a hunger enhanced by a contagious idealism characteristic of Stoddard's exceptional poetic dexterity. These are poems that elevate the listener to levels only dreamed of by the poet herself - to visions of freedom based on the essential and universal craving of a soul burdened, indeed caught within a mundane world of the commonplace. Abundant in these works is the...

By: Roderic Quinn (1867-1949)

Book cover Poems

Roderic Quinn, the seventh child of Irish immigrants, was variously a teacher, public servant and newspaper editor before turning to the writing of poetry and short stories. He was particularly associated with the convivial Dawn and Dusk club which also included as members Victor J. Daley and Henry Lawson. - Summary by SonOfTheExiles

By: Joseph Furphy (1843-1912)

Book cover Psalm of Patience

volunteers bring you 13 recordings of A Psalm of Patience by Joseph Furphy.. This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 29, 2020. ------ Not exactly the Seven Ages of Man, but rather amusing, particularly that final stanza. - Summary by SonOfTheExiles

By: George A. Baker, Jr. (1849-1906)

Book cover Christmas Greens

volunteers bring you 12 recordings of Christmas Greens by George A. Baker Jr.. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for November 29, 2020. ------ A cold winter's night, two damsels vying for the affections of the pastor. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 211

This is a collection of 48 poems read in English by volunteers for December 2020.

By: Unknown

Book cover Drive the Cold Winter Away

volunteers bring you 16 recordings of Drive the Cold Winter Away by an unknown poet. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 13, 2020. ---- A delightful poem written sometime before ca. 1625. Sometimes erroneously attributed to Tom Durfey - Summary by KevinS

By: Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Book cover Song of the Box

volunteers bring you 9 recordings of The Song of the Box by Thomas Moore. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for December 13, 2020. ---- Thomas Moore's poking a bit of fun at George Grote, an English Liberal politician who advocated for elections by secret ballot. In honour of free, fair, and anonymous balloting, we present this for your enjoyment. - Summary by TriciaG

By: Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing (1841-1885)

Book cover Christmas Wishes

volunteers bring you 18 recordings of Christmas Wishes by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 20, 2020. ------ Juliana Horatia Ewing was an English writer of children's stories. Her writings display a sympathetic insight into children's lives, an admiration for things military, and a strong religious faith. This poem taken from Verses for Children and Songs for Music. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Zora Cross (1890-1964)

Book cover Lilt of Life

Published in 1918, Zora Cross’s book of poems, The Lilt of Life, was her third book of verse, and, like her earlier works, largely focused on her experiences of love, erotic entanglements , and motherhood. Many of the poems are written as an homage to her then-husband, David McKee Wright, whom she met while writing for The Bulletin, where Wright was her editor, causing a significant scandal in Sydney literary circles. - Summary by Elise Dee

By: Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

Book cover Candle-Lightin' Time

Poetry about African American Southern life - Summary by Denise Ray

By: Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

Book cover Harp-Weaver, and Other Poems

Although Edna St. Vincent Millay was gaining recognition for her lyrical poems since 1920, it was winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923 for "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver" that established her career as a poet. In 1943, Millay was the sixth person and the second woman to be awarded the Frost Medal for her lifetime contribution to American poetry. - Summary by AnnaLisa Bodtker

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 212

This is a collection of 56 poems read in English by volunteers for January 2021.

By: Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

Book cover Grown-Up

volunteers bring you 22 recordings of Grown-Up by Edna St. Vincent Millay.. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 3, 2021. ------ Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright. She won poetry prizes from an early age, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1923, and went on to use verse as a medium for her feminist activism. She also wrote verse-dramas and a highly-praised opera The King's Henchman. Her novels appeared under the name Nancy Boyd, and she refused lucrative offers to publish them under her own name.

By: Lawrence Labree

Book cover Rover Vol. 01 No. 04

"The Rover: A weekly magazine of tales, poetry and engravings, original and selected" was a magazine started in 1843 by Seba Smith and Lawrence Labree. The editors aimed at a high quality standard in their selection of short stories and poetry. Every half-year, the 26 weekly issues were also published under a bound compilation. This is the fourth issue, containing 7 stories and a poem. - Summary by Sonia

By: Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Book cover The Hunting of the Snark (version 4)

The Hunting of the Snark is a poem written by English writer Lewis Carroll. It is typically categorised as a nonsense poem. The plot follows a crew of ten trying to hunt the Snark, which may turn out to be a highly dangerous Boojum. The only one of the crew to find the Snark quickly vanishes, leading the narrator to explain that it was a Boojum after all. As you would expect! - Summary by Craig Franklin

By: Henry Lawson (1867-1922)

Book cover Above Lavender Bay

volunteers bring you 14 recordings of Above Lavender Bay by Henry Lawson. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for January 10, 2021. ------ Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson was an Australian writer and bush poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia's "greatest short story writer". This poem is taken from The Skyline Riders and Other Verses By Henry Lawson - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Book cover Remember Thee

volunteers bring you 13 recordings of Remember Thee by Thomas Moore. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 17, 2021. ------ Thomas Moore was an Irish writer, poet and lyricist celebrated for his Irish Melodies. Their setting of English-language verse to old Irish tunes marked the transition in popular Irish culture from Irish to English. Moore is often considered Ireland's national bard and is to Ireland what Robert Burns is to Scotland.

By: Lawrence Labree

Book cover Rover Vol. 01 No. 05

"The Rover: A weekly magazine of tales, poetry and engravings, original and selected" was a magazine started in 1843 by Seba Smith and Lawrence Labree. The editors aimed at a high quality standard in their selection of short stories and poetry. Every half-year, the 26 weekly issues were also published under a bound compilation. This is the fifth issue, with another interesting mix of poetry and prose texts. - Summary by Sonia

By: Bret Harte (1836-1902)

Book cover Society Upon The Stanislaus

volunteers bring you 12 recordings of The Society Upon The Stanislaus by Bret Harte. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for January 24, 2021. ------ Taken from Little Masterpieces of American Wit and Humor, Volume II by Thomas L. Masson - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Lawrence Labree

Book cover Rover Vol. 01 No. 06

"The Rover: A weekly magazine of tales, poetry and engravings, original and selected" was a magazine started in 1843 by Seba Smith and Lawrence Labree. The editors aimed at a high quality standard in their selection of short stories and poetry. Every half-year, the 26 weekly issues were also published under a bound compilation. This is the sixth issue, containing 5 short stories and 3 poems. - Summary by Sonia

Book cover Rover Vol. 01 No. 07

"The Rover: A weekly magazine of tales, poetry and engravings, original and selected" was a magazine started in 1843 by Seba Smith and Lawrence Labree. The editors aimed at a high quality standard in their selection of short stories and poetry. Every half-year, the 26 weekly issues were also published under a bound compilation. The seventh issue features five short stories and a poem. - Summary by Sonia

By: Effie Waller Smith (1879-1960)

Book cover Rosemary and Pansies

Effie Waller Smith was recognized as a promising young black poet. Her poems reflect her love of nature, her faith, and her experience as a black woman in Appalachia. Although she only published three volumes of poetry during her lifetime, the poems are as relevant today as when first published. Perhaps she is best described in this poem by Peter Clay: "To Effie Waller. Far upon among the mountains, Where rivers leave their fountains, And happy birds send forth their merry thrills, There dwells a little poet, Though few there be who know it, Whose voice is an echo from the hills."

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 213

This is a collection of 66 poems read in English by volunteers for February 2021.

Book cover Emerald Story Book

There is no richer theme for children’s stories than the miracle of Spring. The selections in “The Emerald Story Book” aim to serve the young reader’s interest in three ways. Some of the myths and legends are interesting or amusing because flowers, insects, or birds are presented as personalities and emphasise human qualities or feelings. Some of the stories and poems contribute to the child’s store of knowledge by attracting his attention to some fact, beauty, or blessing in nature which may have escaped his notice...

By: Palmer Cox (1840-1924)

Book cover Another Brownie Book

Brownies, like fairies and goblins, are imaginary little sprites, who are supposed to delight in harmless pranks and helpful deeds. They work and sport while weary households sleep, and never allow themselves to be seen by mortal eyes. Summary by Palmer Cox

By: John Keats (1795-1821)

Book cover Fragment of an Ode to Maia

volunteers bring you 15 recordings of Fragment Of An Ode To Maia by John Keats. This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 7, 2021. ------ This Weekly Poem is taken from The Poetical Works Of John Keats - Summary by David Lawrence

By: George Logan Moore

Book cover Longing for Spring-time

volunteers bring you 19 recordings of Longing for Spring-time by George L. Moore. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for February 21, 2021. ------ George Logan Moore was an Irish poet, there is not much information on him out there. This poem is taken from the Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal, March 15, 1879, apparently, he was paid 10s 6d for this poem. This Fortnightly Poem is dedicated to the long-awaited coming of Spring. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 214

This is a collection of 59 poems read in English by volunteers for March 2021.

By: Lawrence Labree

Book cover Rover Vol. 01 No. 08

"The Rover: A weekly magazine of tales, poetry and engravings, original and selected" was a magazine started in 1843 by Seba Smith and Lawrence Labree. The editors aimed at a high quality standard in their selection of short stories and poetry. Every half-year, the 26 weekly issues were also published under a bound compilation. This is the eighth issue, featuring 5 short stories and 3 poems. "To be good is to be happy" is a short quote from the drama "The Fair Penitent" by Nicolas Rowe and "Passion - its history" is the final part of "Asmodeus at large" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. - Summary by Sonia

By: Omar Khayyám (1048-1131)

Book cover Quatrains of Omar Kheyyam of Nishapour

The quatrains of Omar Kheyyam of Nishapour. Now first completely done into English verse from the Persian, in accordance with the original forms, with a biographical and critical introduction by John Payne. London, "Printed for the Villon Society by private subscription and for private circulation only", 1898. - Summary by Algy Pug

By: Anne Lynch Botta (1815-1891)

Book cover Thoughts in a Library

volunteers bring you 24 recordings of Thoughts in a Library by Anne Lynch Botta. This was the Weekly Poetry project for March 28, 2021. ------ Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta was an American poet, writer, teacher and socialite whose home was the central gathering place of the literary elite of her era. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 215

This is a collection of 49 poems read in English by volunteers for April 2021.

By: Lawrence Labree

Book cover Rover Vol. 01 No. 09

"The Rover: A weekly magazine of tales, poetry and engravings, original and selected" was a magazine started in 1843 by Seba Smith and Lawrence Labree. The editors aimed at a high-quality standard in their selection of short stories and poetry. Every half-year, the 26 weekly issues were also published under a bound compilation. This is the ninth issue, with yet another interesting mix of poetry and prose texts. - Summary by Sonia

By: Andrew Barton Paterson (1864-1941)

Book cover Mountain Station

volunteers bring you 12 recordings of A Mountain Station by Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for April 4, 2021. ------ Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, CBE was an Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Binalong, New South Wales, his "Waltzing Matilda" is regarded widely as Australia's unofficial national anthem. This poem is taken from The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses by Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: William Falconer (1732-1769)

Book cover Shipwreck

A semi-autobiographical poem in three cantos recounts the wreck of the merchant ship Britannia. Written by William Falconer, a seaman of some experience, who survived one shipwreck himself with only two others of the 50 man crew and eventually perished in the loss of a second ship, the frigate Aurora, 20 years later. The poem is recognized for its realistic portrayal of life aboard an 18th century sailing vessel. - Summary by Fritz

By: Gerald Griffin (1803-1840)

Book cover I Love my Love in the Morning

volunteers bring you 24 recordings of I Love my Love in the Morning by Gerald Griffin. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for April 4, 2021. ------ Gerald Griffin was an Irish novelist, poet and playwright. This poem is taken from The Poetical and Dramatic Works of Gerald Griffin . - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Book cover Child's Garden of Verses (Version 4)

Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child's Garden of Verses is one of the most popular and loved collections of children’s verse of the 19th century. This recital of all 64 poems is designed for children’s listening, especially sections 1–6. - Summary by Michael Maggs

By: Jessie C. Howden (1857-1935)

Book cover Churchyard by the Sea

volunteers bring you 13 recordings of The Churchyard by the Sea by Jesse C. Howden. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for April 18, 2021. ------ Mrs. Jesse Howden was a Scottish Poet. Some of her work was featured in the Chambers's Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Art. This poem is taken from the No. 8.—Vol. I., Saturday, February 23, 1884 issue. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949)

Book cover Gift of India

volunteers bring you 17 recordings of The Gift of India by Sarojini Naidu. This was the Weekly Poetry project for April 18, 2021. ------ Sarojini Naidu, was the female activist who worked with Gandhi during India's struggle for independence from Britain. This piece is about soldiers from British India who fought in World War I. This poem is taken from The Broken Wing - Songs of Love, Death & Destiny 1915 - 1916 - Summary by Vik1

By: Laura Rountree Smith (1876-1924)

Book cover Gingerbread Boy and Joyful Jingle Play Stories

Short funny stories for children that not only are fun to read and listen to, but have neat rhymes in each story. So if you like a bit of poetry thrown in amid the prose, these are for you. - Summary by Phil Chenevert

By: Lawrence Labree

Book cover Rover Vol. 01 No. 11

"The Rover: A weekly magazine of tales, poetry and engravings, original and selected" was a magazine started in 1843 by Seba Smith and Lawrence Labree. The editors aimed at a high quality standard in their selection of short stories and poetry. Every half-year, the 26 weekly issues were also published under a bound compilation. This is the eleventh issue with poetry and prose texts. - Summary by Sonia

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 216

This is a collection of 45 poems read in English by volunteers for May 2021.


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