By: Aeschylus (c. 525/524-456/455 BC)
Prometheus Bound (Browning Translation)
Whether or not it was actually written by Aeschylus, as is much disputed, "Prometheus Bound" is a powerful statement on behalf of free humanity in the face of what often seem like the impersonal, implacable Forces that rule the Universe. As one of the most compelling rebel manifestos ever composed, it has appealed not only to the expected host of scholars of Greek drama, but also to a fascinatingly free-spirited array of translators, especially since the early 19th century; Percy Bysshe Shelley, Henry David Thoreau, and activist-poet Augusta Webster are among those who have tried their poetic and linguistic powers at rendering it into English...
Little Girl to Her Flowers
This is a small volume with short poems about flowers. Listeners may wish to refer to the online text, which includes very neat illustrations.
By: Apollonius Rhodius (3rd Cent. -3rd Cent.)
The story of how Jason and a group of famous heroes of Greece took to sea in the Argos has been told many times, before and after Apollonius of Rhodes, wrote his Argonautica, in the 3rd century b.C.. It is not only the oldest full version of the tale to arrive to our days, but also the only extant example of Hellenistic epic. This was already a popular myth by the times of Apollonius, who makes the story of how Jason and the Argonauts sail to Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece, and have to go through a lot of adventures to fulfill their task, a mix of simple narrative and scholarly catalog. The Argonautica had a deep impact on European literature as a whole.
By: Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)
Archibald Lampman was a Canadian poet. "He has been described as 'the Canadian Keats;' and he is perhaps the most outstanding exponent of the Canadian school of nature poets." The Canadian Encyclopedia says that he is "generally considered the finest of Canada's late 19th-century poets in English." Lampman is classed as one of Canada's Confederation Poets, a group which also includes Charles G.D. Roberts, Bliss Carman, and Duncan Campbell Scott.
By: Dora Sigerson Shorter (1866-1918)
Old Maid (Shorter)
Dora Maria Sigerson Shorter was an Irish poet and sculptor, who after her marriage in 1895 wrote under the name Dora Sigerson Shorter. She was born in Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of George Sigerson, a surgeon and writer, and Hester (née Varian), also a writer. She was a major figure of the Irish Literary Revival, publishing many collections of poetry from 1893. Her friends included Katharine Tynan, Rose Kavanagh and Alice Furlong, writers and poets.
By: Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884)
Kalevala, The Land of the Heroes (Kirby translation)
The Kalevala is a 19th-century work of epic poetry compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology. It is regarded as the national epic of Karelia and Finland and is one of the most significant works of Finnish literature. The Kalevala played an instrumental role in the development of the Finnish national identity, the intensification of Finland's language strife and the growing sense of nationality that ultimately led to Finland's independence from Russia in 1917...
By: Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué (1777-1843)
Sintram and His Companions
Friedrich de la Motte Fouque, also the author of Undine, was a German Romantic writer whose stories were filled with knights, damsels in distress, evil enchantments, and the struggle of good against overpowering evil. 'My strength is as the strength of ten, Because my heart is pure.' Fouque blends the Romantic love for nature and ancient chivalry while telling a powerful story about a young man who yearns for that which he can never attain.
Works and Days, The Theogony, and The Shield of Heracles
Works and Days provides advice on agrarian matters and personal conduct. The Theogony explains the ancestry of the gods. The Shield of Heracles is the adventure of Heracles accepting an enemy's challenge to fight.
By: Joseph Rodman Drake (1795-1820)
Culprit Fay and Other Poems
A collection, The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, was published posthumously by his daughter in 1835. His best-known poems are the long title-poem of that collection and the patriotic "The American Flag" which was set as a cantata for two soloists, choir and orchestra by the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák in 1892-93, as his Op. 102. In the early part of the 19th Century both Drake and his friend Halleck were widely hailed by Americans as among the leading literary personalities and talents produced by this country...
By: Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
Delight in Disorder
Robert Herrick (baptised 24 August 1591 – buried 15 October 1674) was a 17th-century English lyric poet and cleric. He is best known for his book of poems, Hesperides. Herrick never married, and none of his love-poems seem to connect directly with any one beloved woman. He loved the richness of sensuality and the variety of life, and this is shown vividly in such poems as Cherry-ripe, Delight in Disorder and Upon Julia’s Clothes.
A poem for Halloween by the 17th century English author Robert Herrick. His poems were not widely popular at the time they were published. His style was strongly influenced by Ben Jonson, by the classical Roman writers, and by the poems of the late Elizabethan era. This must have seemed quite old-fashioned to an audience whose tastes were tuned to the complexities of the metaphysical poets such as John Donne and Andrew Marvell. His works were rediscovered in the early nineteenth century, and have been regularly printed ever since.
Librivox volunteers bring you 13 readings of Winter Sport, by an unknown author. This was the weekly poem for the week of November 23 - 30, 2014.
Fall of the Nibelungs
"The Fall of the Nibelungs" is Margaret Armour's plain prose translation from the middle high German of the "Nibelungenlied", a poetic saga of uncertain authorship written about the year 1200. The story is believed by many to be based on the destruction of the Burgundians, a Germanic tribe, in 436 by mercenary Huns recruited for the task by the Roman general Flavius Aëtius. The introduction to the 1908 edition summarizes the story, "And so 'the discord of two women,' to quote Carlyle, 'is as a little...
By: Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC)
Aeneid, prose translation
The Aeneid is the most famous Latin epic poem, written by Virgil in the 1st century BC. The story revolves around the legendary hero Aeneas, a Trojan prince who left behind the ruins of his city and led his fellow citizens to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. The first six of the poem’s twelve books tell the story of Aeneas’ wanderings from Troy to Italy, while the poem’s second half treats the Trojans’ victorious war upon the Latins. This is the recording of J.W.MacKail's prose translation.
By: A. B. S. (Alfred Browning Stanley) Tennyson (1878-1952)
|A Legend of Old Persia and Other Poems|
By: A. D. (Alfred Denis) Godley (1856-1925)
By: A. E. (Alfred Edward) Housman (1859-1936)
|Last Poems by A. E. Housman|
By: A. E. Housman (1859-1936)
A Shropshire Lad
This is a lovely collection of melodic poems, many melancholy in tone, many featuring Housman's constant theme of living this short life to the fullest.
By: A. H. (Alexander Hamilton) Laidlaw (1869-1908)
|Soldier Songs and Love Songs|
By: A. H. (Arthur Henry) Bullen (1857-1920)
|Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age|
By: A. Novice
|The Anglican Friarand the Fish which he Took|
By: Abner Cosens
|War Rhymes by Wayfarer|
By: Abram Joseph Ryan (1839-1886)
|Poems: Patriotic, Religious|
By: Ada Langworthy Collier (1843-)
|Lilith The Legend of the First Woman|
By: Adam L. (Adam Luke) [Editor] Gowans
|The Hundred Best English Poems|
By: Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870)
Song of Autumn
Adam Lindsay Gordon was an Australian poet, jockey and politician.
By: Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855)
|Sonnets from the Crimea|
By: Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864)
Adelaide Anne Procter was an English poet and philanthropist. She worked prominently on behalf of unemployed women and the homeless, and was actively involved with feminist groups and journals. She became unhealthy, possibly due to her charity work, and died of tuberculosis at the age of 38. Procter's literary career began when she was a teenager; her poems were primarily published in Charles Dickens's periodicals Household Words and All the Year Round and later published in book form. Her charity work and her conversion to Roman Catholicism appear to have strongly influenced her poetry, which deals most commonly with such subjects as homelessness, poverty, and fallen women...
|Legends and Lyrics Part 2|
By: Alan Seeger (1888-1916)
By: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
Defeat of Youth and Other Poems
Though later known for his essays and novels, Aldous Huxley started his writing career as a poet. Published in 1918, The Defeat of Youth and Other Poems is his third compilation of poetry. The volume begins with "The Defeat of Youth", a sequence of twenty-two sonnets that explores irreconcilability of the ideal and the disappointing reality. Jerome Meckier called it “the century’s most successful sonnet sequence, better than Auden’s or Edna St. Vincent Millay’s.” In the rest of the volume, Huxley continues to explore themes started in The Burning Wheel, his first volume of poetry, including vision, blindness, and other contrasts...
By: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
An Essay on Man
Pope’s Essay on Man, a masterpiece of concise summary in itself, can fairly be summed up as an optimistic enquiry into mankind’s place in the vast Chain of Being. Each of the poem’s four Epistles takes a different perspective, presenting Man in relation to the universe, as individual, in society and, finally, tracing his prospects for achieving the goal of happiness. In choosing stately rhyming couplets to explore his theme, Pope sometimes becomes obscure through compressing his language overmuch...
An Essay on Criticism
An Essay on Criticism was the first major poem written by the English writer Alexander Pope (1688-1744). However, despite the title, the poem is not as much an original analysis as it is a compilation of Pope’s various literary opinions. A reading of the poem makes it clear that he is addressing not so much the ingenuous reader as the intending writer. It is written in a type of rhyming verse called heroic couplets.
By: Alfred Gurney (1845-1898)
|A Christmas Faggot|
By: Alfred Lichtenstein (1889-1914)
|The Verse of Alfred Lichtenstein|
By: Alfred Noyes (1880-1958)
|Watchers of the Sky|
Alfred Noyes, in the blank-verse epic "Drake", fictionalizes the historical Francis Drake, who, during the reign of Elizabeth I of England, sailed (and plundered) on the Spanish Main and beyond.
|The Lord of Misrule And Other Poems|
By: Alfred Tennyson Tennyson (1809-1892)
|Enoch Arden, &c.|
By: Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
Idylls of the King
Idylls of the King, published between 1856 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson which retells the legend of King Arthur, his knights, his love for Guinevere and her tragic betrayal of him, and the rise and fall of Arthur's kingdom. The whole work recounts Arthur's attempt and failure to lift up mankind and create a perfect kingdom, from his coming to power to his death at the hands of the traitor Mordred. Individual poems detail the deeds of various knights, including Lancelot, Geraint, Galahad, and Balin and Balan, and also Merlin and the Lady of the Lake.
The Princess is a serio-comic blank verse narrative poem, written by Alfred Tennyson, published in 1847. The poem tells the story of an heroic princess who forswears the world of men and founds a women's university where men are forbidden to enter. The prince to whom she was betrothed in infancy enters the university with two friends, disguised as women students. They are discovered and flee, but eventually they fight a battle for the princess's hand.
By: Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)
|A Dark Month From Swinburne's Collected Poetical Works Vol. V|
|The Tale of Balen|
|Astrophel and Other Poems Taken from The Collected Poetical Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne, Vol. VI|
Century of Roundels
A roundel (not to be confused with the rondel) is a form of verse used in English language poetry devised by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909). It is a variation of the French rondeau form. It makes use of refrains, repeated according to a certain stylized pattern. A roundel consists of nine lines each having the same number of syllables, plus a refrain after the third line and after the last line. The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line: it may be a half-line, and rhymes with the second line...
|Songs Before Sunrise|
|Studies in Song, A Century of Roundels, Sonnets on English Dramatic Poets, The Heptalogia, Etc. From Swinburne's Poems Volume V.|
|Sonnets, and Sonnets on English Dramatic Poets (1590-1650) Taken from The Collected Poetical Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne, Vol V.|
|A Midsummer Holiday and Other Poems|
|Songs of the Springtides and Birthday Ode Taken from The Collected Poetical Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne—Vol. III|
|Studies in Song|
By: Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell (1847-1922)
|Flower of the Mind|
|A Father of Women and other poems|
By: Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942)
|Are Women People? A Book of Rhymes for Suffrage Times|
By: Alice Meynell (1847-1922)
Alice Christiana Gertrude Meynell was an English writer, editor, critic, and suffragist, now remembered mainly as a poet. At the end of the 19th century, in conjunction with uprisings against the British (among them the Indians', the Zulus', the Boxer Rebellion, and the Muslim revolt led by Muhammad Ahmed in the Sudan), many European scholars, writers, and artists, began to question Europe's colonial imperialism. This led the Meynells and others in their circle to speak out for the oppressed. Alice Meynell was a vice-president of the Women Writers' Suffrage League, founded by Cicely Hamilton and active 1908–19.
By: Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935)
|Violets and Other Tales|
By: Allan Cunningham (1784-1842)
|The Complete Works of Robert Burns: Containing his Poems, Songs, and Correspondence. With a New Life of the Poet, and Notices, Critical and Biographical by Allan Cunningham|
By: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
LibriVox volunteers bring you 8 recordings of An Interpretation by Ambrose Bierce. This was the Weekly Poetry project for September 22, 2013.
By: Amy Lowell (1874-1925)
Dome of Many-Coloured Glass
This is a collection of lyrical poems, sonnets and verses for children by Amy Lowell."For quaint pictorial exactitude and bizarrerie of color these poems remind one of Flemish masters and Dutch tulip gardens; again, they are fine and fantastic, like Venetian glass; and they are all curiously flooded with the moonlight of dreams. . . . Miss Lowell has a remarkable gift of what one might call the dramatic-decorative. Her decorative imagery is intensely dramatic, and her dramatic pictures are in themselves vivid and fantastic decorations." (Richard Le Gallienne, 'New York Times Book Review', 1916)
Men, Women and Ghosts
This is a collection of long poems and short stories by Amy Lowell.
By: Andrew B. Paterson
The Man from Snowy River and other Verses
A collection of poems by Australian poet Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson, picturesque glimpses into life in the Bush. From the preface: “A number of these verses are now published for the first time, most of the others were written for and appeared in ‘The Bulletin’ (Sydney, N.S.W.), and are therefore already widely known to readers in Australasia.”
|The Old Bush Songs|
|Saltbush Bill, J. P.|
|Rio Grande's Last Race & Other Verses|
By: Andrew C. Bradley (1851-1935)
|Oxford Lectures on Poetry|
|Poetry for Poetry's Sake An Inaugural Lecture Delivered on June 5, 1901|
By: Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
|Ban and Arriere Ban|
|A Collection of Ballads|
|Ballads, Lyrics, and Poems of Old France|
|New Collected Rhymes|
|Rhymes a la Mode|
By: Anna Seward (1742-1809)
|Original sonnets on various subjects; and odes paraphrased from Horace|
By: Anne Wales Abbott ed. (1808-1908)
Autumn Leaves, Original Pieces in Prose and Verse
The pieces gathered into this volume were, with two exceptions, written for the entertainment of a private circle, without any view to publication. The editor would express her thanks to the writers, who, at her solicitation, have allowed them to be printed. They are published with the hope of aiding a work of charity,—the establishment of an Agency for the benefit of the poor in Cambridge,—to which the proceeds of the sale will be devoted.
The Real Mother Goose
A heartwarming collection of nursery rhymes that will take you back to your childhood!
Eirik the Red's Saga
In this saga, the events that led to Eirik the Red’s banishment to Greenland are chronicled, as well as Leif Eirikson’s discovery of Vinland the Good (a place where wheat and grapes grew naturally), after his longboat was blown off-course. By geographical details, this place is surmised to be present-day Newfoundland, and is likely the first European discovery of the American mainland, some five centuries before Christopher Columbus’s journey.
The Song of Roland
The Song of Roland is an epic poem, originally sung in Old French. It tells the story of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass in 778. This is an English translation. Translated by Charles Kenneth Scott-Moncrieff.
|The Anti-Slavery Alphabet|
|The Ladies Delight|
|Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology|
|The Three Bears|
|The Mouse and the Christmas Cake|
|Punky Dunk and the Gold Fish|
|The Death and Burial of Cock Robin|
|The Wonders of a Toy Shop|
|The Tiny Picture Book|
|Amusing Trial in which a Yankee Lawyer Renders a Just Verdict|
|The Courtship, Marriage, and Pic-Nic Dinner of Cock Robin & Jenny Wren With the Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin|
|The Fox and the Geese; and The Wonderful History of Henny-Penny|
|Punky Dunk and the Mouse|
|Punky Dunk and the Spotted Pup|
|Fairy's Album With Rhymes of Fairyland|
|The Assemble of Goddes|
|The Interlude of Wealth and Health|
|The Entertaining History of Jobson & Nell|
|The Ghost of Chatham; A Vision Dedicated to the House of Peers|
By: Anthony Munday (1560? -1633)
Sir Thomas More
Sir Thomas More is a collaborative Elizabethan play by Anthony Munday and others depicting the life and death of Thomas More. It survives only in a single manuscript, now owned by the British Library. The manuscript is notable because three pages of it are considered to be in the hand of William Shakespeare and for the light it sheds on the collaborative nature of Elizabethan drama and the theatrical censorship of the era. The play dramatizes events in More's life, both real and legendary, in an episodic manner in 17 scenes, unified only by the rise and fall of More's fortunes.