By: Torquato Tasso (1544-1595)
The First Crusade provides the backdrop for a rich tapestry of political machinations, military conflicts, martial rivalries, and love stories, some of which are complicated by differences in religion. The supernatural plays a major role in the action. Partly on this account, and partly because of the multilayered, intertwined plots, the poem met with considerable contemporary criticism, so Tasso revised it radically and published the revision under a new name, La Gerusalemme Conquistata, or "Jerusalem Conquered," which has remained virtually unread, a warning to authors who pay attention to the critics...
By: Toru Dutt (1856-1877)
Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan
Toru Dutt was an Indian poet, writing in English. Born in 1856, she travelled to England and France, and being a polyglot became fluent in French and English, later in Sanskrit as well. Her works gained popularity and success posthumously. This collection of her poems, Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan, was published by her father after her death in 1877. This collection is divided into 2 parts: the 1st part contains long poems about the ancient legends of her native land of India, which had been passed on to her orally in Sanskrit and which held much fascination for her, and also implied her desire to return to India...
By: Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
In Time Of The Breaking Of Nations
LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of "In Time Of The Breaking Of Nations" by Thomas Hardy. This was the Weekly Poetry project for June 30, 2013.Written during the First World War, this is a poem about love, war and their timelessness by one of the best Victorian novelists.
By: T. W. H. Crosland (1865-1924)
|Little People: An Alphabet|
By: Thomas Washington Talley
|Negro Folk Rhymes Wise and Otherwise: With a Study|
By: Michael Drayton (1563-1631)
|Minor Poems of Michael Drayton|
|The Battaile of Agincourt|
|Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles: Idea, Fidesa and Chloris|
By: John Gower (1330?-1408)
|Confessio Amantis, or, Tales of the Seven Deadly Sins|
By: Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)
|The House of Life|
By: Esaias Tegnér (1782-1846)
|Fridthjof's Saga; a Norse romance|
By: Thomas Nash (1567-1601)
|The Choise of Valentines Or the Merie Ballad of Nash His Dildo|
By: Chauncey Brewster Tinker (1876-1963)
|The Translations of Beowulf A Critical Bibliography|
By: Don Marquis (1878-1937)
|Dreams and Dust|
By: Elizabeth Stoddard (1823-1902)
Before the Mirror
Elizabeth Drew Stoddard, née Barstow was a United States poet and novelist. She is most widely known today as the author of The Morgesons (1862), her first of three novels. Her other two novels are Two Men (1865) and Temple House (1867). Stoddard was also a prolific writer of short stories, children's tales, poems, essays, travel writing, and journalism pieces.
By: Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)
Trees and Other Poems
"I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree; A tree whose hungry mouth is presd against the sweet earth's flowing breast ...". Almost all of us, including myself of course, have heard and enjoyed those famous words which begin Kilmer's poem, Trees. There is even a National Forest in the United States named in honor of this poem. Here is a recording of the entire book of poems in which it was first published in 1914. Joyce Kilmer was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for...
Main Street, and Other Poems
This is a book of poems by Joyce Kilmer. It includes several of his religious poems and poems about World War I, in which the author himself lost his life in 1918.
By: William Allingham (1824-1889)
William Allingham was an Irish poet, diarist and editor, who wrote several volumes of lyric verse.
By: W. S. Gilbert (d 1911)
More Bab Ballads
This is a subset of the first twelve poems from the second collection of Gilbert’s “Bab Ballads” – light verses poking fun at the life and people of his time in Gilbert’s unique “topsy-turvey” style. The epitaph on his memorial on the Victoria Embankment in London is “HIS FOE WAS FOLLY AND HIS WEAPON WIT”, an epitaph amply exemplified in these verses.
By: Michael Clarke (1844?-1916)
|The Story of Troy|
By: Hilmar R. (Hilmar Robert) Baukhage (1889-)
|"I was there" with the Yanks on the western front, 1917-1919|
By: H. L. (Henry Louis) Stephens (1824-1882)
|Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin|
By: Walter Richard Cassels (1826-1907)
|Eidolon, or The Course of a Soul And Other Poems|
By: Patrick Brontë (1777-1861)
By: Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864)
Poet Who Sleeps
LibriVox readers bring you 13 versions of The Poet Who Sleeps by Walter Savage Landor. This was the weekly poetry project for December 1, 2013.
|The Merry-Thought: or the Glass-Window and Bog-House Miscellany Parts 2, 3 and 4|
|The Merry-Thought: or the Glass-Window and Bog-House Miscellany. Part 1|
By: Felix Leigh
By: Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)
Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
Phillis Wheatley was the first African-American to publish a book of poetry in 1773. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at age seven, and bought by a wealthy Massachusetts family who taught her to read and write. Her extraordinary literary gifts led to the publication of her "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral," and to her eventual emancipation by her owners. Although some of the poems demonstrate an apparent acceptance of the racist values of the white slave-owning classes (which viewed Africans as savage), Wheatley's considerable talents simultaneously contradicted these stereotypes.
By: James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)
This is a collection of poems by James Elroy Flecker.
By: L. P. Hubbard (?-?)
Little Book for a Little Cook
This charming little book compiles together a number of recipes, set out in an easy to understand manner, along with a poetic story about the stages of bread production. This book was produced as a promotional for a flour production company called Pillsbury. This is a "modern" update compared to the original edition of the book. This version has exact oven temperature settings for each recipe included in a preface for the book, along with more precise suggestions for the baking time. The book has been written for children, however I am certain that adults could enjoy the book equally as much as a child would.
By: Mark Lemon (1809-1870)
How to Make a Man of Consequence
Mark Lemon had a natural talent for journalism and the stage, and, at twenty-six, retired from less congenial business to devote himself to the writing of plays. More than sixty of his melodramas, operettas and comedies were produced in London, whilst at the same time he was contributing to a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, and was founding editor of both Punch and The Field.
By: Elva S. Smith
|Christmas in Legend and Story A Book for Boys and Girls|
By: Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949)
Sarojini Naidu was a remarkable woman. Known as the Nightingale of India, she started writing at the age of thirteen and throughout her life composed several volumes of poetry, writing many poems which are still famous to this day. As well as being a poet, Naidu was an activist and politician, campaigning for Indian independence and became the first Indian woman to attain the post of President of the Indian National Congress. This volume contains the beautiful 'Indian Love-Song', as well as many other moving verses...
By: Joseph Knight (1845-)
|Pipe and Pouch The Smoker's Own Book of Poetry|
By: Richard Barnfield (1574-1627)
|The Affectionate Shepherd|
By: David Lester Richardson (1801-1865)
|Flowers and Flower-Gardens With an Appendix of Practical Instructions and Useful Information Respecting the Anglo-Indian Flower-Garden|
By: Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879)
Kept for the Master's Use
The memoirs of Frances Ridley Havergal, a great missionary and hymn writer.
Coming to the King
A collection of poems by Frances Ridley Havergal and others, all describing different aspects of our walk with God, from 'Coming to the King' to 'Under the Shadow.'
By: Cale Young Rice (1872-1943)
By: Stephen Hawes (-1523)
|A Ioyfull medytacyon to all Englonde of the coronacyon of our moost naturall souerayne lorde kynge Henry the eyght (A Joyful Meditation of the Coronation of King Henry the Eighth)|
|The Example of Vertu The Example of Virtue|
|The cõforte of louers The Comfort of Lovers|
|The Conuercyon of swerers (The Conversion of Swearers)|
By: Sidney Lanier (1842-1881)
The Song of the Chattahoochee.
Sidney Clopton Lanier was an American musician, poet and author. He served in the Confederate army, worked on a blockade running ship for which he was imprisoned (resulting in his catching tuberculosis), taught, worked at a hotel where he gave musical performances, was a church organist, and worked as a lawyer. As a poet he used dialects. He became a flautist and sold poems to publications. He eventually became a university professor and is known for his adaptation of musical meter to poetry. Many schools, other structures and two lakes are named for him.
LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of My Springs by Sidney Lanier. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for April 7th, 2013. This rather lovely poem is the poet's tribute to his wife's eyes.
By: Charles A. Gunnison (1861-1897)
By: Henry Abbey (1842-1911)
|Stories in Verse|
By: George Puttenham (-1590)
|The Arte of English Poesie|
By: Thomas Hood (1799-1845)
There were scarcely any events in the life of Thomas Hood. One condition there was of too potent determining importance—life-long ill health; and one circumstance of moment—a commercial failure, and consequent expatriation. Beyond this, little presents itself for record in the outward facts of this upright and beneficial career, bright with genius and coruscating with wit, dark with the lengthening and deepening shadow of death.
By: Henry John Newbolt (1862-1938)
|Poems: New and Old|
By: George Colman (1762-1836)
|Broad Grins Comprising, With New Additional Tales in Verse, Those Formerly Publish'd Under the Title "My Night-Gown and Slippers."|
By: William Barksted (fl. 1611)
|Seven Minor Epics of the English Renaissance (1596-1624)|
By: Richard Morris (1833-1894)
|Early English Alliterative Poems in the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century|
By: Jessie Duncan [Translator] Westbrook
By: Laurence Hope (1865-1904)
Hira-Singh's Farewell to Burmah
Adela Florence Nicolson was an English poet who wrote under the pseudonym Laurence Hope. She was born in England and joined her father in 1881, who was employed in the British Army at Lahore (The traditional capital of Punjab for a millennium, Lahore was the cultural centre of the northern Indian subcontinent which extends from the eastern banks of the Indus River to New Delhi.) Her father was editor of the Lahore arm of The Civil and Military Gazette, and it was he who in all probability gave Rudyard Kipling (a contemporary of his daughter) his first employment as a journalist...
By: Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski (1595-1640)
|The Odes of Casimire, Translated by G. Hils|
By: Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861)
|Amours De Voyage|
By: Henry Hart Milman (1791-1868)
|Nala and Damayanti and Other Poems|