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By: Lord George Gordon Byron

Don Juan, Canto V by Lord George Gordon Byron Don Juan, Canto V

Juan, captured by Turkish pirates and sold into slavery is bought by a beautiful Princess as her toy-boy. Dressed as an odalisque, he is smuggled into the Sultan’s harem for a steamy assignation. Unbelievably, Byron’s publisher almost baulked at this feast of allusive irony, blasphemy (mild), calumny, scorn, lesse-majeste, cross-dressing, bestiality, assassination, circumcision and dwarf-tossing. This was the last Canto published by the stuffy John Murray (who had, however, made a tidy fortune on the earlier parts of the Epic)...

Manfred by Lord George Gordon Byron Manfred

Manfred is a dramatic poem in three acts by Lord Byron, and possibly a self confessional work. A noble, Manfred, is haunted by the memory of some unspeakable crime. In seeking for forgetfulness and oblivion, he wanders between his castle and the mountains. He has several encounters with the people who try to assist him, as well as spirits that rule nature and human destiny. The poem explores themes of morality, religion, guilt and the human condition.

The Giaour by Lord George Gordon Byron The Giaour

"The Giaour" is a poem by Lord Byron first published in 1813 and the first in the series of his Oriental romances. "The Giaour" proved to be a great success when published, consolidating Byron's reputation critically and commercially.

The Island by Lord George Gordon Byron The Island

Written late in his career, Byron's narrative poem The Island tells the famous story of the mutiny on board the Bounty, and follows the mutineers as they flee to a South Sea island, "their guilt-won Paradise."

Book cover The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 2

By: Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott Flower Fables

Flower Fables is Louisa May Alcott’s first book, penned at 16 for Ralph Waldo Emerson’s daughter, Ellen.

Book cover Three Unpublished Poems

By: M. L. Hope

Book cover Indian and Other Tales

By: Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski (1595-1640)

Book cover The Odes of Casimire, Translated by G. Hils

By: Madame (Jeanne-Marie) Leprince de Beaumont (1711-1780)

Book cover Think Before You Speak or, The Three Wishes

By: Madison Cawein (1865-1914)

Book cover September

Librivox volunteers bring you ten readings of September by Madison Cawein. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of September 21st, 2014.

Book cover Don Quixote

Madison Julius Cawein was born in Louisville, Kentucky. After graduating from high school, Cawein worked in a pool hall in Louisville as a cashier in Waddill's New-market, which also served as a gambling house. He worked there for six years, saving his pay so he could return home to write. 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". Note: In Greek mythology, Hippocrene was the name of a spring on Mt...

Book cover Time and Death and Love

Madison Cawein was a poet from Louisville, Kentucky. His output was thirty-six books and 1,500 poems. His writing earned the nickname the "Keats of Kentucky". This Weekly poem was published in his book "Shapes and Shadows". (1898)

By: Madison Julius Cawein (1865-1914)

Book cover Myth and Romance Being a Book of Verses
Book cover An Ode Read August 15, 1907, at the dedication of the monument erected at Gloucester, Massachusetts, in commemoration of the founding of the Massachusetts Bay colony in the year sixteen hundred and twenty-three

By: Margaret E. (Margaret Elizabeth) Sangster (1894-1981)

Book cover Cross Roads

By: Margaret Sidney (1844-1924)

Book cover Twilight Stories

By: Maria Gowen Brooks (1795?-1845)

Book cover Zophiel A Poem

By: Maria J. Moss

Book cover A Poetical Cook-Book

By: Maria L. Stewart

Book cover Our Little Brown House, A Poem of West Point Written for the New Year's Festival at the Cadets' Sabbath-school of the Methodist Episcopal Church, January 1, 1879

By: Marietta Holley (1836-1926)

Book cover Poems

This is a collection of poems by Marietta Holley, better known as Josiah Allen's Wife.

By: Marjorie Allen Seiffert (1885-1970)

Book cover A Woman of Thirty

By: Mark Lemon (1809-1870)

Book cover 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: Martha Dickinson Bianchi (1866-1943)

Book cover Russian Lyrics

By: Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)

Book cover Poems

By: Mary Gardiner Horsford (1824-1855)

Book cover Indian Legends and Other Poems

By: Mary Tourtel (1874-1948)

Book cover A Horse Book

By: Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

Book cover Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold

By: Maurice Henry Hewlett (1861-1923)

Book cover Helen Redeemed and Other Poems
Book cover The Village Wife's Lament

By: Michael Clarke (1844?-1916)

Book cover The Story of Troy

By: Michael Drayton (1563-1631)

Book cover Minor Poems of Michael Drayton
Book cover The Battaile of Agincourt
Book cover Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles: Idea, Fidesa and Chloris

By: Michael Earls (1873-1937)

Book cover Ballads of Peace in War

By: Morris Rosenfeld (1862-1923)

Book cover Songs of Labor and Other Poems

By: Mr. (Leonard) Welsted (1688-1747)

Book cover Two Poems Against Pope One Epistle to Mr. A. Pope and the Blatant Beast

By: Mrs. Warner-Sleigh

Book cover At the Seaside

By: Nancy Byrd Turner (1880-)

Book cover Zodiac Town The Rhymes of Amos and Ann

By: Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867)

Book cover Declaration

Nathaniel Parker Willis is also known as N. P. Willis. He 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.

By: Nicholas Breton (1545?-1626?)

Book cover Pastoral Poems

By: Nikolaj Velimirović (1880-1956)

Book cover Serbia in Light and Darkness With Preface by the Archbishop of Canterbury, (1916)

By: Nora Archibald Smith (1859-1934)

Book cover The Posy Ring A Book of Verse for Children

By: Norman Gale (1862-1942)

Book cover More Cricket Songs

By: Olive Custance (1874-1944)

Book cover The Inn of Dreams

By: Olive Tilford Dargan (1869-1968)

Book cover Path Flower and Other Verses

By: Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)

Book cover The Complete Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith

By: Oliver Herford (1863-1935)

Book cover Kitten's Garden of Verses

The Kitten's Garden of Verses is a book of short poetry, modeled after Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. Of course, the poems in this book are intended for kittens rather than children!

Book cover An Alphabet of Celebrities
Book cover The Rubáiyát of a Persian Kitten
Book cover The Smoker's Year Book

By: Oliver Wendell Holmes

The One-Hoss Shay by Oliver Wendell Holmes The One-Hoss Shay

This is a small collection of whimsical poems by the American physician and author Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. "The Deacon's Masterpiece" describes the "logical" outcome of building an object (in this case, a two-wheeled carriage called a shay) that has no weak points. The economic term "one hoss shay," referring to a certain model of depreciation, derives its name from this poem. "How the Old Horse Won the Bet" is a lighthearted look at a horse race. Finally, "The Broomstick Train" is a wonderfully Halloween-y explanation of how an electric tram really works.

Book cover The Professor at the Breakfast-Table
Book cover The Poet at the Breakfast-Table
Book cover Grandmother's Story of Bunker Hill Battle as She Saw it from the Belfry

By: Omar Khayyám (1048-1131)

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Omar Khayyám The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (Persian: رباعیات عمر خیام) is the title that Edward Fitz-Gerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and of which there are about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyám (1048–1131), a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. A Persian ruba'i is a two-line stanza with two parts (or hemis-techs) per line, hence the word "Rubáiyát" (derived from the Arabic root word for "four"), meaning "quatrains".

By: Osborn H. Oldroyd (1842-1930)

Book cover The Poets' Lincoln Tributes in Verse to the Martyred President

By: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

The Fisherman and His Soul by Oscar Wilde The Fisherman and His Soul

”The Fisherman and his Soul” is a fairy tale first published in November of 1891 in Wilde’s “A House of Pomegranates”. It tells of a fisherman who nets and falls in love with a mermaid. But to be with her he must shed his soul, which goes off to have adventures of its own. Will forbidden love endure?

The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde The Ballad of Reading Gaol

In 1895, Oscar Wilde was sentenced to 2 years of hard labor for acts of ‘gross indecency’. During his time at Reading Gaol, he witnessed a rare hanging, and in the three years between his release and his untimely death in 1900, was inspired to write the following poem, a meditation on the death penalty and the importance of forgiveness, even for (and especially for) something as heinous as murdering one’s spouse; for even the murderer, Wilde argues, is human and suffers more so for being the cause of his own pain, for ‘having killed the thing he loved’; for everyone is the cause of someone else’s suffering and suffers at the hands of another...

A House Of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde A House Of Pomegranates

A House of Pomegranates (1891) is a collection of fairy tales, written by Oscar Wilde, that was published as a second collection for The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888). Wilde once said that this collection was "intended neither for the British child nor the British public."

Book cover Selected Poems of Oscar Wilde
Book cover Charmides and Other Poems

By: Owen Meredith (1831-1891)

Book cover Lucile

By: Owen Seaman (1861-1936)

Book cover The Battle of the Bays

By: Patrick Brontë (1777-1861)

Book cover Cottage Poems

By: Paul Verlaine (1844-1896)

Book cover Poems of Paul Verlaine

By: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Book cover A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays
Book cover O May I Join the Choir Invisible! and Other Favorite Poems
Book cover The Daemon of the World
Book cover The Witch of Atlas
Book cover Peter Bell the Third

By: Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

Book cover A Defence of Poesie and Poems

By: Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)

Book cover 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: Publius Vergilius Maro (70 BC - 19 AD)

The Aeneid by Publius Vergilius Maro The Aeneid

The Aeneid is a Latin epic written by Virgil in the 1st century BC that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled 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, and the poem’s second half treats the Trojans’ ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed. The poem was commissioned from Vergil by the Emperor Augustus to glorify Rome...

The Eclogues by Publius Vergilius Maro The Eclogues

This book of poems, written between 42 en 39 BC, was a bestseller in ancient Rome, and still holds a fascination today. Held to be divinely inspired not only by the Romans themselves, but by the Medieval Catholic church, The Eclogues is one of the most beloved collections of Latin short poetry.

By: R. C. Lehmann (1856-1929)

Book cover The Vagabond and Other Poems from Punch

By: R. F. (Robert Fuller) Murray (1863-1894)

Book cover The Scarlet Gown being verses by a St. Andrews Man

By: R. F. Murray (1863-1894)

Book cover Wasted Day

Robert Fuller Murray was a Victorian poet. Although born in the United States, Murray lived most of his life in the United Kingdom, most notably in St Andrews, Scotland. He wrote two books of poetry and was published occasionally in periodicals.

By: R. M.

Book cover Caw! Caw! Or, The Chronicle of Crows, A Tale of the Spring-time

By: Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore Gitanjali

Gitanjali is a collection of 103 poems in English, largely translations by the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. This volume became very famous in the West, and was widely translated into other languages. In England a slender volume was published in 1913, with an exhilarating preface by W. B. Yeats. In the same year, Rabindranath became the first non-European to win the Nobel prize.

Book cover The Gardener
Book cover Stray Birds
Book cover Fruit-Gathering
Book cover First Jasmines

Rabindranath Tagore, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit...

Book cover The Fugitive

By: Rachel Annand Taylor (1876-1960)

Book cover The Hours of Fiammetta A Sonnet Sequence

By: Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886)

Book cover The Babes in the Wood One of R. Caldecott's Picture Books
Book cover The Fox Jumps Over the Parson's Gate

By: Richard Barnfield (1574-1627)

Book cover The Affectionate Shepherd

By: Richard D. Blackmore (1825-1900)

Book cover Fringilla: Some Tales In Verse

By: Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903)

Book cover Abraham Lincoln An Horatian Ode

By: Richard Hovey (1864-1900)

Book cover Songs from Vagabondia
Book cover More Songs From Vagabondia

By: Richard Hunter

Book cover More Dollies

By: Richard Le Gallienne (1866-1947)

Book cover The Silk-Hat Soldier And Other Poems in War Time
Book cover A Jongleur Strayed Verses on Love and Other Matters Sacred and Profane

By: Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)

Book cover The Lucasta Poems

By: Richard Morris (1833-1894)

Book cover Early English Alliterative Poems in the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century

By: Ring Lardner (1885-1933)

Bib Ballads by Ring Lardner Bib Ballads

Ring Lardner is a typical parent when his first child is born, full of wonder and the rest of the usual emotions as he watches his little son grow. He wrote a series of 29 short poems on various facets of parenthood.

By: Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823)

Book cover Rural Tales, Ballads, and Songs

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