By: Nicholas Breton (1545?-1626?)
By: Nikolaj Velimirović (1880-1956)
|Serbia in Light and Darkness With Preface by the Archbishop of Canterbury, (1916)|
By: Nora Archibald Smith (1859-1934)
|The Posy Ring A Book of Verse for Children|
By: Norman Gale (1862-1942)
|More Cricket Songs|
By: Olive Custance (1874-1944)
|The Inn of Dreams|
By: Olive Tilford Dargan (1869-1968)
|Path Flower and Other Verses|
By: Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)
|The Complete Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith|
By: Oliver Herford (1863-1935)
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!
|An Alphabet of Celebrities|
|The Rubáiyát of a Persian Kitten|
|The Smoker's Year Book|
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.
|The Professor at the Breakfast-Table|
|The Poet at the Breakfast-Table|
|Grandmother's Story of Bunker Hill Battle as She Saw it from the Belfry|
By: Omar Khayyám (1048-1131)
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)
|The Poets' Lincoln Tributes in Verse to the Martyred President|
By: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
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
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
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."
|Selected Poems of Oscar Wilde|
|Charmides and Other Poems|
By: Owen Meredith (1831-1891)
By: Owen Seaman (1861-1936)
|The Battle of the Bays|
By: Patrick Brontë (1777-1861)
By: Paul Verlaine (1844-1896)
|Poems of Paul Verlaine|
By: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
|A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays|
|O May I Join the Choir Invisible! and Other Favorite Poems|
|The Daemon of the World|
|The Witch of Atlas|
|Peter Bell the Third|
By: Philip Sidney (1554-1586)
|A Defence of Poesie and Poems|
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: Publius Vergilius Maro (70 BC - 19 AD)
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...
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)
|The Vagabond and Other Poems from Punch|
By: R. F. (Robert Fuller) Murray (1863-1894)
|The Scarlet Gown being verses by a St. Andrews Man|
By: R. F. Murray (1863-1894)
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.
|Caw! Caw! Or, The Chronicle of Crows, A Tale of the Spring-time|
By: Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
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.
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...
By: Rachel Annand Taylor (1876-1960)
|The Hours of Fiammetta A Sonnet Sequence|
By: Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886)
|The Babes in the Wood One of R. Caldecott's Picture Books|
|The Fox Jumps Over the Parson's Gate|
By: Richard Barnfield (1574-1627)
|The Affectionate Shepherd|
By: Richard D. Blackmore (1825-1900)
|Fringilla: Some Tales In Verse|
By: Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903)
|Abraham Lincoln An Horatian Ode|
By: Richard Hovey (1864-1900)
|Songs from Vagabondia|
|More Songs From Vagabondia|
By: Richard Hunter
By: Richard Le Gallienne (1866-1947)
|The Silk-Hat Soldier And Other Poems in War Time|
|A Jongleur Strayed Verses on Love and Other Matters Sacred and Profane|
By: Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)
|The Lucasta Poems|
By: Richard Morris (1833-1894)
|Early English Alliterative Poems in the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century|
By: Ring Lardner (1885-1933)
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)
|Rural Tales, Ballads, and Songs|