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By: Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Book cover Three Stories & Ten Poems

The author arranged for this collection of three short stories and ten poems to be printed in a small run of 300 copies in Dijon The book entered into the public domain in 2019. - Summary by KevinS

By: William Cowper (1731-1800)

Book cover Inscription For A Stone

volunteers bring you 18 recordings of Inscription For A Stone by William Cowper. This was the Weekly Poetry project for May 12, 2019. ------ INSCRIPTION FOR A STONE Erected at the sowing of a grove of oaks at Chillington, the Seat of T. Giffard, Esq, 1790

By: Don Marquis (1878-1937)

Book cover Old Soak, and Hail And Farewell

Published in 1921 , "Hail and Farewell" is a collection of poems in honour of alcohol, drunkenness, and all things related.In "The Old Soak", an old codger grumbles and connives to get alcohol in the age of Prohibition. Part is narrative, and part is installments from The Old Soak's papers. “I'm writing a diary. A diary of the past. A kind of gol-dinged autobiography of what me and Old King Booze done before he went into the grave and took one of my feet with him. In just a little while now there won't be any one in this here broad land of ours, speaking of it geographically, that knows what an old-fashioned barroom was like...

By: Thomas Campbell (1777-1844)

Book cover Song—''When Love came first to Earth.''

volunteers bring you 14 recordings of Song—'' When Love came first to Earth.'' by Thomas Campbell. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 12, 2020. ------ Thomas Campbell was a Scottish poet. He was a founder and the first President of the Clarence Club and a co-founder of the Literary Association of the Friends of Poland. He also produced several stirring patriotic war songs—"Ye Mariners of England", "The Soldier's Dream", "Hohenlinden" and in 1801, "The Battle of Mad and Strange Turkish Princes".

By: Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947)

Book cover End Of The Day

volunteers bring you 13 recordings of The End Of The Day by Duncan Campbell Scott. This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 23, 2020. ------ Duncan Campbell Scott CMG FRSC was a Canadian bureaucrat, poet and prose writer. With Charles G.D. Roberts, Bliss Carman, and Archibald Lampman, he is classed as one of Canada's Confederation Poets. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Eugene Field (1850-1895)

Book cover Lullaby-Land: Songs of Childhood

Lullaby-Land: Songs of Childhood is a book of children’s poetry by Eugene Field. Within the poems in this volume you will find some of his well-known works including The Duel, Wynken, Blynken and Nod, and Little Boy Blue. - Summary by SweetHome

By: Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

Book cover White Bird of Love

volunteers bring you 19 recordings of White Bird of Love by Joyce Kilmer. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for July 12, 2020. ------ Though a prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world as well as his Roman Catholic religious faith, Kilmer was also a journalist, literary critic, lecturer, and editor. At the time of his deployment to Europe during World War I, Kilmer was considered the leading American Roman Catholic poet and lecturer of his generation, - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Nathalia Crane (1913-1998)

Book cover Janitor's Boy and Other Poems

Known for her whimsical verse and rhythmic, lilting poems Nathalia Crane was a child prodigy who published her first volume of poetry at the age of 10. There was nothing in her poems that indicated her age. Her delightful verse, and her maturity and insightfulness in poems such as The History of Honey, The Army Laundress, The Reading Boy, The Three Cornered Lot, and The Commonplace, won her recognition among poets. - Summary by AnnaLisa Bodtker

By: Eugene Field (1850-1895)

Book cover With Trumpet and Drum

The book is made up of poems compiled from the “Little Book of Western Verse,” the “Second Book of Verse,” and the files of the “Chicago Daily News,” the “Youth’s Companion,” and the “Ladies’ Home Journal” , including such favorites as The Sugar Plum Tree, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, and Little Boy Blue, by the Poet of Childhood, Eugene Field. - Summary by AnnaLisa Bodtker

By: Various

Book cover Birds, Vol. III, No 3, March 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

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

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: William Morris (1834-1896)

Book cover Chants for Socialists

As well as being influential in the Arts and Crafts Movement and writing numerous poems and novels, William Morris was deeply involved in political reform. These poems, the earliest of which were first collected in 1885, reflect his socialist beliefs.

By: Eleanor L. Skinner

Book cover Turquoise Story Book: Stories and Legends of Summer and Nature

A book compiling stories, legends, and poems about summer and nature, piquing reader's interests by appealing to the reader's fancy, quickening his/her sense of humor, or attract his/her attention to some spiritual significance. - Summary by RomaSingh Proof-listeners: Aysh & Michele Eaton

By: John Keats (1795-1821)

Book cover Lamia

In his wonderful interpretation of the classic tale of Lamia - the mythological entity portrayed as being a deadly threat especially to children and young men - master poet John Keats construes this timeless and enigmatic story with a view towards intrigue, deception, loyalty, honor and fervor of a young man's lust for a life of passionate bliss with the newly found woman of his dreams. In retrospect, considering certain aspects of her past and recent serpent-like incarnation, the beautiful and seductive Lamia was a poor choice for the young man Lycius...

By: Walter De la Mare (1873-1956)

Book cover Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes

These wonderful, whimsical poems from the incomparable Walter de la Mare describe the bliss of childhood, explore the marvel of a child's imagination and portray the intriguing landscapes of existences both lived and imagined by a young mind in a magical kingdom located somewhere between daydream and caprice. In these poems we experience aspects of a reality unencumbered by concern, unhindered by anxiety, and share an imagination free to wander, ponder, contemplate, envision and express itself in a marvelous mosaic of impression, inspiration and introspection...

By: Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble (1809-1893)

Book cover Faith

volunteers bring you 28 recordings of Faith by Fanny Kemble. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 16, 2022. ----- Fanny Kemble was a British actress who also found time to be a popular author of poetry, plays, travelogues, eleven volumes of memoirs, and more. She was an abolitionist after having been married for 14 years to a wealthy American plantation owner. This poem expresses the desire for trust over cynicism. - Summary by TriciaG

By: George Crabbe (1754-1832)

Book cover Momentary Grief

volunteers bring you 18 recordings of Momentary Grief by George Crabbe. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 30, 2022, in honour of Crabbe's 190th birthday on February 3. ----- George Crabbe was an English poet, surgeon and clergyman. He is best known for his narrative poetry. This piece reflects the religious facet of his life. - Summary by TriciaG and Wikipedia

By: Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

Book cover Black Riders and Other Lines (Version 2)

Written in a purgative frenzy of pure imagination , Stephen Crane’s The Black Riders and Other Lines is a strange, enigmatic, and sparsely-written collection of free verse that bristles with Old Testament fury, seethes with cosmic cynicism, and touches on themes of lost faith and existential terror. - Summary by ChuckW

By: Fred Kelly (1882-1959)

Book cover Wright Brothers

This is a biography of the Wright Brothers as told by the American humorist and newspaperman Fred Kelly, a personal friend of the Wrights. It is described in reviews as "fascinating and highly readable." - Summary by Ciufi Galeazzi


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