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By: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Book cover Where Go the Boats

Where Go the Boats is a short poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. He was a Scottish author famous for writing Treasure Island. He also wrote many poems, including this one, which was published in A Child's Garden of Verses. Some comments from our readers.. "I hope my recording floats your boat." - Assaf "Help prevent toy loss, tie boat to dock after play." - Bruce "I conceive that this simple little verse is about time and writing. Of course, it may just be about little boats." - Jason

By: John Donne (1572-1631)

Book cover Holy Sonnets (version 2)

The Holy Sonnets—also known as the Divine Meditations or Divine Sonnets—are a series of nineteen poems by the English poet John Donne (1572–1631). The sonnets were first published in 1633—two years after Donne's death.

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 135

This is a collection of 13 poems read by LibriVox volunteers for August 2014.

By: Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832-1910)

Book cover Mountain Song

LibriVox volunteers bring you nine recordings of "Mountain Song” by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. The Weekly Poem for August 31, 2014 takes us up to the mountain heights of Norway.

By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Book cover Wreck of the Hesperus

LibriVox volunteers bring you ten recordings of "The Wreck of the Hesperus” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,the Fortnightly Poem for August 31, 2014. May we each be spared from the wreck of pride on the reef of Norman's Woe.

By: Hafiz (1325-1390)

Book cover Poems from the Divan of Hafiz

Hafiz was a Persian poet. His collected works (Divan) are regarded as a pinnacle of Persian literature. While influenced by Islam, his mystical works are highly regarded by Hindus, Christians and others, and his influence extends to several well-known writers such as Thoreau, Goethe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. This modest collection of 43 poems is translated by Gertrude Bell.

By: Eugene Field (1850-1895)

Book cover Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Librivox volunteers bring you 11 recordings of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for September 14-28, 2014."Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" is a popular poem for children written by American writer and poet Eugene Field and published on March 9, 1889. The original title was Dutch Lullaby.The poem is a fantasy bed-time story of three children sailing and fishing in the stars. Their boat is a wooden shoe. The little fishermen symbolize a sleepy child's blinking eyes and nodding head.

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 137

This is a collection of 26 poems read by LibriVox volunteers for October 2014.

By: Richard Watson Gilder (1844-1909)

Book cover Sonnet

Librivox volunteers bring you 10 readings of The Sonnet by Richard Watson Gilder. This was the weekly poetry project for October 5, 2014.

By: Julia Caroline Dorr (1825-1913)

Book cover Pro Patria

This is a collection of seven patriotic long poems by Julia Caroline Dorr.

By: Dora Sigerson Shorter (1866-1918)

Book cover Sad Years

This is a collection of poems by Dora Sigerson Shorter, whose subject are the Sad Years 1914-1918.

By: Julia Caroline Dorr (1825-1913)

Book cover Friar Anselmo, and Other Poems

This is a collection of poems by Julia Caroline Dorr.

By: Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)

Book cover Story of Rimini

A long poem telling the tragic story of Francesca da Rimini, the duped and adulterous bride, inspired by the character in Dante's Inferno. Published in 1816 and dedicated to Lord Byron, it is considered the pinnacle of Hunt's poetic achievements. Hunt, though having fine artistic sensibilities, was not placed among the first rank of lyric poets, many of whom he championed however. The Story of Rimini was written in prison, where he spent two years for slander of the Prince Regent, and is dramatically and vividly told, with much evocative scene-setting and careful portrayal of emotional conflicts. ( Peter Tucker)

By: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Book cover Still, Still, with Thee

Librivox volunteers bring you ten readings of Still, Still, with Thee by Harriet Beecher Stowe. This hymn written by the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin was the weekly poem for December 14 - 21, 2014.

By: Various

Book cover Birds and All Nature, Vol. IV, No 1, July 1898

"Birds and All Nature" was a monthly publication of the Nature Study Publishing Company of Chicago. It includes short poems and articles describing birds, animals and other natural subjects with accompanying color plates. The magazine was published from 1897-1907 under the various titles, "Birds," "Birds and all Nature," "Nature and Art" and "Birds and Nature." These short pieces are perfect for a first recording or for anyone with a love of nature.

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 140

This is a collection of 32 poems read by LibriVox volunteers for January 2015.

By: Anna Katharine Green (1864-1935)

Book cover Defence of the Bride and Other Poems

Anna Katharine Green is now best-known for her popular mystery and detective stories, but she also wrote some excellent poetry.

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 143

This is a collection of 29 poems read by LibriVox volunteers for April 2015.

By: Mary Electa Adams (1823-1898)

Book cover From Distant Shores

This is a small volume of poems by Canadian women's rights activist and educator Mary Adams.

By: Anonymous

Book cover Lily Of The West

"Lily of the West is an Irish folk poem. Some say it is a metaphor for the Irish life after emigrating to America." .

By: Mary Mollineux (1651-1696)

Book cover On the Sight of a Skull

Mary Mollineux (born Mary Southworth) was probably the daughter of Catholic parents who converted to Quakerism, differed from many of her Quaker contemporaries because of an early education in Latin, Greek, science, and arithmetic.

By: Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Book cover Hush'd Be the Camps Today

LibriVox readers bring you 16 readings of Hush'd Be the Camps Today by Walt Whitman, in honor of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death on April 15, 1865. This was the weekly poem for April 12, 2015, to April 18, 2015.

By: Robert Bridges (1844-1930)

Book cover Growth of Love

Robert Bridges, who was appointed Poet Laureate in 1913, published three versions of his sonnet sequence, The Growth of Love:1876 - 24 sonnets1889 - 79 sonnets1898 - 69 sonnetsThe second edition, which is the subject of this recording, was re-published in 1894, with an extensive introduction from another celebrated poet, Lionel Johnson.The title of the work is a little misleading, as it suggests a process of development, a deepening understanding, by which one arrives at a more comprehensive appreciation of the mysterious entity which we call love...

By: Thomas Hood (1799-1845)

Book cover Death-bed

Thomas Hood was an English poet, author, and humourist, best known for poems such as The Bridge of Sighs and The Song of the Shirt. Hood wrote regularly for The London Magazine, the Athenaeum, and Punch. He later published a magazine largely consisting of his own works. Hood, never robust, lapsed into invalidism by the age of 41 and died at the age of 45. William Michael Rossetti in 1903 called him "the finest English poet" between the generations of Shelley and Tennyson.

By: Various

Book cover Birds and All Nature, Vol. IV, No 6, December 1898

"Birds and All Nature" was a monthly publication of the Nature Study Publishing Company of Chicago. It includes short poems and brief descriptions of birds, animals and other natural subjects with accompanying color plates. The magazine was published from 1897-1907 under the various titles, "Birds," "Birds and all Nature," "Nature and Art" and "Birds and Nature."

By: Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Book cover Watchman and Other Poems

While L. M. Montgomery is better known for her novels, such as Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon, she also wrote hundreds of poems. Her love of beauty, nature, and the sea is evident in this, the only volume of her poetry published during her lifetime.

By: Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867)

Book cover Belfry Pigeon

Nathaniel Parker Willis, also known as N. P. Willis, was an American author, poet and editor who worked with several notable American writers including Edgar Allan Poe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He became the highest-paid magazine writer of his day. For a time, he was the employer of former slave and future writer Harriet Jacobs.

By: William Combe (1742-1823)

Book cover Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of the Picturesque

“To bury these, to christen those, And marry such fond folks who chose To change the tenor of their life And risk the matrimonial strife.” This was the humdrum life of Dr. Syntax before he set out on his bizarre and hilarious adventures, presented here in the form of satirical poem in 26 cantos. It’s a lot of fun!

By: Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Book cover Song from the Suds

Librivox volunteers bring you 16 readings of A Song from the Suds, by Louisa May Alcott, author of novels like Little Women. This was the fortnightly poem for June 7-21, 2015.

By: Herbert Allen Giles (1845-1935)

Book cover Chinese Poetry in English Verse (古今詩選)

Dear Land of Flowers, forgive me! -- that I tookThese snatches from thy glittering wealth of song, And twisted to the uses of a book Strains that to alien harps can na'er belong. Thy gems shine purer in their native bed Concealed, beyond the pry of vulgar eyes; And there, through labyrinths of language led, The patient student grasps the glowing prize. Yet many, in their race toward other goals, May joy to feel, albeit at second-hand, Some far faint heart-throb of poetic souls Whose breath makes incense in the flowery Land. Introductory poem by H.A.G.

By: Michael Field (1862/1846-1913/1914)

Book cover July

Michael Field was a pseudonym used for the poetry and verse drama of Katharine Harris Bradley (27 October 1846 – 26 September 1914) and her niece and ward Edith Emma Cooper (12 January 1862 – 13 December 1913). As Field they wrote around 40 works together, and a long journal Works and Days. Their intention was to keep the pen-name secret, but it became public knowledge, not long after they had confided in their friend Robert Browning.

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 146

This is a collection of 29 poems read by LibriVox volunteers for July 2015.


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