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By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 185

This is a collection of 35 poems read in English by volunteers for October 2018.

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 156

This is a collection of 29 poems read by volunteers for May 2016.

By: Helen Hay Whitney (1876-1944)

Book cover Some Verses

This is a collection of 24 sonnets and 27 poems in other form by American poet, writer, racehorse owner and breeder, socialite, and philanthropist Helen Hay Whitney. - Summary by Carolin

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 165

This is a collection of 28 poems read by volunteers for February 2017.

By: Susan Coolidge (1835-1905)

Book cover Few More Verses

Susan Coolidge was the pen name of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey, who is best known for her What Katy Did series. This is the second of three volumes of her verse.

By: Arthur Macy (1842-1904)

Book cover Five Senses

Arthur Macy was a Nantucket boy of Quaker extraction. His name alone is evidence of this, for it is safe to say that a Macy, wherever found in the United States, is descended from that sturdy old Quaker who was one of those who bought Nantucket from the Indians, paid them fairly for it, treated them with justice, and lived on friendly terms with them. In many ways Arthur Macy showed that he was a Nantucketer and, at least by descent, a Quaker. He often used phrases peculiar to our island in the sea, and was given, in conversation at least, to similes which smacked of salt water...

By: Constance Naden (1858-1889)

Book cover Sonnets

Naden's sonnets have topics as diverse as astronomy, classical mythology and Shakespeare's birthplace. This collection is taken from Naden's complete poems, and whether listeners enjoy French history or the natural world, there are subjects to appeal to all tastes.- Summary by Newgatenovelist

By: John Milton (1608-1674)

Book cover On the Late Massacre in the Piedmont

On the Late Massacre in the Piedmont was written by John Milton in 1655. It was the weekly poem for the week of Feb 21-Feb 28, 2016. - Summary by EstherbenSimonides

By: William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Book cover Composed Among the Ruins of a Castle in North Wales

In celebration of Saint David's Day 2016 ,.org presents multiple readings of Composed Among the Ruins of a Castle in North Wales by William Wordsworth. Embodying the melancholy of the uniquely welsh word "hiraeth", which roughly translates as a sense of longing for a place that can never be returned to or that never was, this poem is a fitting tribute to the celebration of the patron saint of Wales Summary by Charlotte Duckett

By: Susan Coolidge (1835-1905)

Book cover Last Verses

Susan Coolidge was the pen name of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey, who is best known for her What Katy Did series. This is the last of three volumes of her verse. - Summary by Rachel

By: George Crabbe (1754-1832)

Book cover Village and The Library

The Village is Crabbe’s corrective to the rosy-tinted view of English village and rural working class life. He was a stark realist, as a priest and surgeon having been privy to so much of actual, rather than ideal, life. The Library is his appreciation of the value of books and literature. George Crabbe was an English poet, surgeon, and clergyman. He is best known for his early use of the realistic narrative form and his descriptions of middle and working-class life and people. Lord Byron described him as "nature's sternest painter, yet the best...

By: Aline Kilmer (1888-1941)

Book cover In Spring

Aline Murray Kilmer , was an American poet, children's book author, and essayist, and the wife and widow of poet and journalist Joyce Kilmer . Aline attended the Rutgers College Preparatory School with her husband, Alfred Joyce Kilmer and married him soon after his graduation from Columbia University in 1908. In their short marriage, lasting 10 years, her husband had achieved fame as a poet, literary critic and among Catholic circles as America's most prominent Catholic writer. After his death in World War I, Aline began publishing her own poetry and a few children's books. Today, her work is largely forgotten. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 158

This is a collection of 22 poems read by volunteers for July 2016.

By: Aline Kilmer (1888-1941)

Book cover To Two Little Sisters of the Poor

Aline Murray Kilmer , was an American poet, children's book author, and essayist, and the wife and widow of poet and journalist Joyce Kilmer . Aline attended the Rutgers College Preparatory School with her husband, Alfred Joyce Kilmer and married him soon after his graduation from Columbia University in 1908. In their short marriage, lasting 10 years, her husband had achieved fame as a poet, literary critic and among Catholic circles as America's most prominent Catholic writer. After his death in World War I, Aline began publishing her own poetry and a few children's books. Today, her work is largely forgotten. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

Book cover Song To Eleonora Duse In "Francesca da Rimini "

Sara Teasdale was an American lyric poet. She was born Sara Trevor Teasdale in St. Louis, Missouri, and used the name Sara Teasdale Filsinger after her marriage in 1914. Teasdale's first poem was published in Reedy's Mirror, a local newspaper, in 1907. Her first collection of poems, Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems, was published that same year.

By: Various

Book cover Poetic Duets

This selection of poems has many favourites from authors such as Edward Lear and Robert Browning, as well as less well known authors. We hope you enjoy the poems.Please note that sections 3 and 11 had two sources for the text of the poems; they are http://www.bartleby.com/337/202.html and http://www.bartleby.com/101/76.html.

By: Madison Cawein (1865-1914)

Book cover Old Man Rain

Madison Julius Cawein was born in Louisville, the fifth child of William and Christiana Cawein. His father made patent medicines from herbs. Thus as a child, Cawein became acquainted with and developed a love for local nature. His output was thirty-six books and 1,500 poems. His writing presented Kentucky scenes in a language echoing Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats. He soon earned the nickname the "Keats of Kentucky". - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Chan Gardiner

Book cover Lineman

This poem by Chan Gardiner pays tribute to the Linemen working on America's high voltage lines, working in dangerous conditions so that the average citizen can enjoy his time at home. (Summary by David Lawrence

By: Ann Hawkshaw (1812-1885)

Book cover Poems for my Children

Published in 1847, five years after her epic poem, 'Dionysus the Areopagite', 'Poems For My Children' was Ann Hawkshaw's second collection of poetry. The poems are dedicated to her six children and many are written in an intimate conversational style. 'Ada', the final poem in the collection, is a memorial for her second child, who had died of hydrocephalus shortly before her fifth birthday. Five historical poems, set in the times of the Druids, the Romans the Saxons, the Normans and the Crusades, punctuate the collection and anticipate her later collection, 'Sonnets on Anglo-Saxon History'.

By: Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

Book cover Poems of Pleasure

This is another volume in Ella Wheeler Wilcox's famous series of poetry. This volume bears the topic "pleasure". - Summary by Carolin

By: Emilie Poulsson (1853-1939)

Book cover Runaway Donkey and Other Rhymes for Children

This volume contains 21 poems for children by Emilie Poulsson. In her own words, "In the belief that such rhymes as are herein offered gratify and increase in children both the love of animals and the sense of humor, this new volume is sent forth not only to give pleasure, but to contribute what it may to the fostering of these desirable traits."

By: Kate Seymour MacLean (1829-1916)

Book cover Advent Days and Poems of Remembrance

This is a very short volume of poems by Canadian poet Kate Seymour MacLean, containing only twenty poems. - Summary by Carolin

By: Eric Mackay (1851-1898)

Book cover Thunderstorm at Night

George Eric Mackay was an English minor poet, now remembered as the sponging half-brother of Marie Corelli, the best-selling novelist. Mackay and Corelli, born Mary Mackay, were the children of Charles Mackay, by different mothers. As a poet he is described as "execrable", and reliant on Corelli's promotion of his works. Mackay achieved some reputation in his time for Letters of a Violinist . It sold 35,000 copies; he repaid Corelli's efforts by implying he wrote her novels. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover Poetic Trios

We selected some of our favourite poets for this collection, including Dante, Fitzgerald, Keats, Barrett Browning, Lear, Carroll, Milton, Morris, Swinburne and Rossetti. We hope you enjoy listening to them. - Summary by Newgatenovelist

By: Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

Book cover Town Down the River: A Book of Poems

This is a volume of poetry by Edwin Arlington Robinson, dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt. This volume also contains his lesser known shorter poems as well as the well-known narrative poem Miniver Cheevy. - Summary by Carolin

By: Henry Lawson (1867-1922)

Book cover Men Who Live It Down

MANY of the verses in this volume ) appeared originally in the SYDNEY Bulletin, others in the Daily Telegraph, Town and Country Journal, Evening News, World's News, Australian Star, Amateur Gardener, and KALGOORLIE Sun, while eleven are reprinted from The Children of the Bush, published by Messrs. Methuen and Co., London.

By: Aline Kilmer (1888-1941)

Book cover Vigils

This is a volume of poetry by American poet Aline Murray Kilmer, widow of the poet Joyce Kilmer. These poems have been published several years after Joyce Kilmer's death in 1918 while he was deployed in France, and their daughter Rose's death in 1917. Many of the poems in this collection thus also center around a motive of grief and loss, and set these emotions into poetry of heartbreaking beauty. - Summary by Carolin

By: Dora Sigerson Shorter (1866-1918)

Book cover Ballads and Poems

This is a volume of poetry by Dora Sigerson Shorter. This volume contains seven of Ms. Shorter's Ballads, a series of miscellaneous poems, and finally two narrative poems. While the topics of the poems and ballads are all unique, many of them share the atmosphere of a fairy tale. - Summary by Carolin

By: Herbert Trench (1865-1923)

Book cover She Comes Not

Frederic Herbert Trench was an Irish poet. A number of his poems were set set to music and he moved into theatrical work for a few years. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Myrtle Reed (1874-1911)

Book cover Sonnets to a Lover

This is a book of poetry by Myrtle Reed. Ms. Reed is most famous for her love stories such as A Spinner in the Sun and Old Rose and Silver, and these sonnets are an exploration of the same theme through a different medium. - Summary by Carolin

By: William Blake (1757-1827)

Book cover Marriage of Heaven and Hell (version 2)

"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom."The Marriage of Heaven & Hell is William Blake’s masterpiece – a piously blasphemous reimagining of the duality of good and evil as an eternal dance of equally essential polarities.Good, in Blake’s complex cosmology, is defined by a blind deference to the external, rational order embodied by the tyrant and the priest. Evil is the chaotic and revolutionary impulse that defies all reason and authority.While Blake’s sympathies are clearly with the Romantic revolutionary, he argues for the necessity of both sides, which create balance through their eternal opposition.

By: Radclyffe Hall (1880-1943)

Book cover 'Twixt Earth and Stars

This is a volume of poetry by Radclyffe Hall. The poet and novelist led a highly scandalous lifestyle for the norms of her contemporary society, living openly lesbian in Germany and England. Some of the poems in this volume are also love poems to other women, a fact which was not generally known at the time the book was published. - Summary by Carolin


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