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By: Charles Godfrey Leland (1824-1903)

Book cover Songs of the Sea and Lays of the Land

This is a volume of poetry by Charles Godfrey Leland. The first half of this volume is taken up by the Songs of the Sea, with rather romantic songs about seafaring, mermaids, and adventures, and the second half of the volume contains the Lays of the Land, with poems focused on the things a seaman may encounter when he enters a port. - Summary by Carolin

By: Unknown

Book cover Life and Adventures of Chanticleer, the intelligent Rooster. An interesting Story in Verse for Children

This is, as the title already describes, the rhymed story of Chanticleer the Rooster, and his adventures. Follow the bird through his youth and school years, on a journey, through adventures, becoming a father and a family man and eventually a grandfather. - Summary by Carolin

By: Herbert Bashford (1871-1928)

Book cover Wolves of the Sea and other Poems

This is a little volume of poetry by Herbert Bashford. The subjects and style of the poems are varied, but most share a dark tone. The titular Sea appears in many of the poems as well, connecting the poems in this volume to one another. - Summary by Carolin

By: Laurens Maynard (1866-1917)

Book cover Book of Twenty-four Sonnets

This is a collection of 24 sonnets by Laurens Maynard. This rather unknown poet brings many classical themes into this volume, with biblical figures beginning the circle and then in somewhat chronological order arriving in the poet's present day life. All readers should find a sonnet to their tastes in this collection. - Summary by Carolin

By: Edith M. Thomas (1854-1925)

Book cover ''Frost To-Night''

Edith Matilda Thomas was an American poet who "was one of the first poets to capture successfully the excitement of the modern city." This poem taken from the The Little Book of Modern Verse. 1917.; Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 174

This is a collection of 45 poems read by volunteers for November 2017.

By: Walter De la Mare (1873-1956)

Book cover Listeners

This year's Hollowe'en offering is an eerie tale by Walter de La Mare.

By: Maxwell Bodenheim (1892-1954)

Book cover Introducing Irony

Subtitled 'A Book of Poetic Short Stories and Poems', this collection reads years ahead of its time. Set mainly in Jazz Age New York City, the poems and tales are a series of profiles of people in seedier parts of town, along with bizarre love songs and even a trip to Mars. Not for the easily offended.

By: Charles Maurice Stebbins (1871-1937)

Book cover Christmas Eve, and other Poems

This is a collection of poems by C. Maurice Stebbins. The titular poem is a Christmas poem, but it is dark and somber in tone. The following shorter pieces are very varied, making for a beautiful little collection. - Summary by Carolin

By: Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914)

Book cover To The Dead in the Graveyard Underneath My Window

Her death was tragic. Full of the desire of life she yet was forced to go, leaving her work all unfinished. Her last year was spent in exile at Saranac Lake. From her window she looked down on the graveyard — "Trudeau's Garden," she called it, with grim-gay irony. from the forward to Verse, by Claude Bragdon - Summary by from the forward to Verse,by Claude Bragdon

By: John Huston Finley (1863-1940)

Book cover Soldiers' Recessional

Reprinted from Scribner’s Magazine for June, 1904, in an edition of forty copies for private distribution, by the courtesy of Charles Scribner’s Sons

By: Henry Lawson (1867-1922)

Book cover Scots Of The Riverina

This poem tells the story of a boy in Australia who leaves the farm at harvest time. "and to run from home was a crime." The story is set in the Riverina, New South Wales in the town of Gundagai.

By: Kate Seymour MacLean (1829-1916)

Book cover Thanksgiving

A tribute to the autumn season, taken from THE COMING OF THE PRINCESS, AND OTHER POEMS - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Book cover Hurrahing in Harvest

Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ was an English poet, Catholic and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets. His manipulation of prosody established him as an innovative writer of verse. Two of his major themes were nature and religion.

By: Eva March Tappan (1854-1930)

Book cover World’s Story Volume I: China, Japan and the Islands of the Pacific

This is the first volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century. Topics in Part I include China, Korea, Japan and the Islands of the Pacific. - Summary by Sonia Cast list for The Sorrows of...

By: Yone Noguchi (1875-1947)

Book cover Selected Poems of Yone Noguchi

"Yone Noguchi was an influential Japanese writer of poetry, fiction, essays, and literary criticism in both English and Japanese. Critical evaluations of Noguchi, while varying drastically, have frequently stressed the enigmatic character of his work. Arthur Symons referred to him as a "scarcely to be apprehended personality." Arthur Ransome called him "a poet whose poems are so separate that a hundred of them do not suffice for his expression." Ezra Pound, on first reading The Pilgrimage in 1911 wrote that "His poems seem to be rather beautiful...

By: Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

Book cover You Never Can Tell

Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was "Solitude", which contains the lines "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone". - Summary by Wikipedia

By: The Gawain Poet

Book cover Pearl (Coulton translation)

A companion piece to From Jerusalem to Revelations in the catalogue . Pearl, believed to have been written by the author of the Pagano-Christian beheading tale, Gawain and the Green Knight, enters the vision of a grieving father at his daughter's graveside that carries him with us into the spirit world in which she finds her dwelling place now, a pure unspotted girl, her father's pride, now a Pearl of great price and her Saviour's bride. She chides him, much Beatrice does Dante in his Divine Comedy with the plain and incontrovertible fact that she now lives in the New Jerusalem in the rapture of eternal bliss, while he is wholly wrapped in his desire to be again with her...

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 197

This is a collection of 46 poems read in English by volunteers for October 2019. With a number of spooky ones for Halloween!

By: Edith M. Thomas (1854-1925)

Book cover What The Pine Trees Said

Edith Matilda Thomas was an American poet who "was one of the first poets to capture successfully the excitement of the modern city.

By: T. W. H. Crosland

Book cover To The Next Christmas

Thomas William Hodgson Crosland was a British author, poet, journalist and friend of royalty. Thomas was a humanitarian who frequently wrote in his poems about the impoverished and sick and unemployed, especially caring about returned soldiers in the First World War. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 177

This is a collection of 23 poems read by volunteers for February 2018

By: William Henry Rhodes (1822-1876)

Book cover Old Year and The New

William Henry Rhodes will long be remembered by his contemporaries at the Bar of California as a man of rare genius, exemplary habits, high honor, and gentle manners, with wit and humor unexcelled. His writings are illumined by powerful fancy, scientific knowledge, and a reasoning power which gave to his most weird imaginations the similitude of truth and the apparel of facts. W.H.L.B.

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 178

This is a collection of 44 poems read by volunteers for March 2018

By: Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Book cover Wall

Browning, when at his best in vigor, clearness, and beauty, is peculiarly a poet for young people. His freedom from sentimentality, his liveliness of conception and narration, his high optimism, and his interest in the things that make for the life of the soul, appeal to the imagination and the feelings of youth. - TEACHERS' COLLEGE, NEW YORK, July, 1899.

By: Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

Book cover Winter Stars

This Weekly Poem is taken from Flame and Shadow, Copyright, 1920 by THE MACMILLAN COMPANY. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Book cover Frost at Midnight

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He wrote the poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as the major prose work Biographia Literaria. Throughout his adult life Coleridge had crippling bouts of anxiety and depression; it has been speculated that he had bipolar disorder, which had not been defined during his lifetime...

By: Theodore Harding Rand (1835-1900)

Book cover At Minas Basin and Other Poems

This is a volume by Canadian poet and educator Theodore H. Rand. The poems are short and varied, with beautiful expressions and reflecting many different emotions. - Summary by Carolin

By: Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920)

Book cover Roadside Harp

This is a collection of poems by Louise Imogen Guiney. - Summary by Carolin

By: Francis William Lauderdale Adams (1862-1893)

Book cover Chant of the Firemen

Francis William Lauderdale Adams was an essayist, poet, dramatist, novelist and journalist who produced a large volume of work in his short life. A self-professed 'Child of his Age', Adams combined in his life and work many distinctive features of both fin de siècle British culture and the Australian radical nationalism of the 1890s, including a strong sympathy with socialist and feminist movements. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Book cover Sonnets from the Portuguese (version 3)

Sonnets from the Portuguese chronicles the deeply personal stages of courtship.

By: John Patterson MacLean (1848-1939)

Book cover Selected Poetry on or about the MacLeans

"Gifted with poesy as are the Highlanders, and given to the praise of their country and their leaders, it would be expected that many poems would still be extant concerning the MacLeans and their ancestral dominions," wrote John Patterson MacLean in his "A History of the Clan MacLean," These selections, collected and arranged by J.P. Maclean comprise part of Note C of MacLean's treatise , although they were written by different authors for different reasons. Dealing with incidents experienced by...

By: Arthur Symons (1865-1945)

Book cover Rain On The Down

Our Valentine Poem is by Arthur William Symons, a British poet, critic and magazine editor., taken from his collection Silhouettes . - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Lizzie Doten (1827-1913)

Book cover Poems from the Inner Life

Collection of reflective poetry by celebrated medium and clairvoyant, Lizzie Doten. She claims these poems were sent by her 'inner heaven', often while she was in a trance. She credits some of the poems to the spirits of Poe, Burns and Sprague, with whose work she was, apparently, unfamiliar.

By: Madison Cawein (1865-1914)

Book cover Quarrel

This Weekly Poem is taken from The Poems of Madison Cawein, Volume II, New World Idylls and Poems of Love - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

Book cover Bachelor to a Married Flirt

Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was "Solitude", which contains the lines "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone". Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death. This Fortnightly Poem is taken from Poems of Purpose - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Eva March Tappan (1854-1930)

Book cover World’s Story Volume II: India, Persia, Mesopotamia and Palestine

This is the second volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century. Topics in Part II include India, Siam, Afghanistan, Persia, Mesopotamia and Palestine. - Summary by Sonia Cast list for Sakoontala, or the lost ring: King: Tomas Peter First Attendant: Eva Davis Second Attendant: TJ Burns Child: lorda Sakoontala: Monika M...

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 196

This is a collection of 54 poems read in English by volunteers for September 2019.

By: Henry Lawson (1867-1922)

Book cover Shakedown on the Floor

Despite the bittersweet outcome of the romance in this work, the poem still manages to conclude in an uplifting fashion. - Summary by SonOfTheExiles

By: Joseph Horatio Chant (1837-1928)

Book cover My Lot

Joseph Horatio Chant was born at Stoke Underham, Somersetshire, England. His parents moved to Canada in 1840, and settled in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Chant attended schools in the area and upon graduation taught for two years in Cathcart, Burford township. In 1864 he attended Victoria College and entered the ministry, being ordained in 1868. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Book cover Comfort To A Youth That Has Lost His Love

His verse is eminent for sweet and gracious fluency; this is a real note of the 'Elizabethan' poets. His subjects are frequently pastoral, with a classical tinge, more or less slight, infused; his language, though not free from exaggeration, is generally free from intellectual conceits and distortion, and is eminent throughout for a youthful NAIVETE.

By: Various

Book cover Short Poetry Collection 193

This is a collection of 45 poems read in English by volunteers for June 2019.

By: Alfred Austin (1835-1913)

Book cover Fortunatus' Song

Not all of the English poets laureate have been the greatest masters of verse. Alfred Austin, who assumed this post after Alfred Lord Tennyson, was one of the less distinguished - if more prolific - late Victorian poets. In modern times, his verse has become celebrated not for its smooth earnestness, but rather for the occasional howlers it contains. A notable example is this song from his pastoral epic Fortunatus the Pessimist, the final couplet of which is a popular favourite in anthologies of bad verse. - Summary by Algy Pug

By: John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922)

Book cover Cheery Way, a Bit of Verse for Every Day - January

There should be a bit of poetry in every day, and John Kendrick Bangs wrote a fitting poem for each day in the year. In 1920, a book was published with one of Bangs' poems for each day. This project covers the month of January. - Summary by Carolin

Book cover Cheery Way, a Bit of Verse for Every Day - February

There should be a bit of poetry in every day, and John Kendrick Bangs wrote a fitting poem for each day in the year. In 1920, a book was published with one of Bangs' poems for each day. This project covers the month of February. - Summary by Carolin

By: Frances Louisa Bushnell (1834-1899)

Book cover Poems

This is a collection of poems by Connecticut poet Frances Louisa Bushnell. Ms Bushnell was an eminent person in her local social circles, and she herself and her poetry were highly respected. This volume contains a selection of her poetry, privately published after her death. - Summary by Carolin

By: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Book cover Over Every Hill

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His works include four novels; epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; and treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour. In addition, there are numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him extant.

By: John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922)

Book cover Cheery Way, a Bit of Verse for Every Day - March

There should be a bit of poetry in every day, and John Kendrick Bangs wrote a fitting poem for each day in the year. In 1920, a book was published with one of Bangs' poems for each day. This project covers the month of March. - Summary by Carolin

Book cover Cheery Way, a Bit of Verse for Every Day - April

There should be a bit of poetry in every day, and John Kendrick Bangs wrote a fitting poem for each day in the year. In 1920, a book was published with one of Bangs' poems for each day. This project covers the month of April. - Summary

By: Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Book cover Wanting is - What?

Robert Browning was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of the dramatic monologue made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known for their irony, characterization, dark humour, social commentary, historical settings, and challenging vocabulary and syntax. When Browning died in 1889, he was regarded as a sage and philosopher-poet who through his writing had made contributions to Victorian social and political discourse. Unusually for a poet, societies for the study of his work were founded while he was still alive. Such Browning Societies remained common in Britain and the United States until the early 20th century.

By: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Book cover I Have Desired To Go

Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ was an English poet and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets. His manipulation of prosody established him as an innovative writer of verse. Two of his major themes were nature and religion. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

Book cover Ship, an Isle, a Sickle Moon

Of all recent poets of his kind, Flecker is the most successful. The classical tradition of poetry has been mocked and mutilated by many of the noisy young in the last few years. Flecker was a poet who preserved the ancient balance in days in which want of balance was looked on as a sign of genius. That he was what is called a minor poet cannot be denied, but he was the most beautiful of recent minor poets. by Robert Lynd; Ch 9 - James Elroy Flecker )

By: Eva March Tappan (1854-1930)

Book cover World’s Story Volume III: Egypt, Africa and Arabia

This is the third volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century. Topics in Part III include Egypt, Northern, Western and Central Africa, South Africa and Arabia. - Summary by Sonia Cast list for The Death of Cleopatra: Dolabella: Tomas Peter Charmian: Monika M...

By: John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922)

Book cover Cheery Way, a Bit of Verse for Every Day - May

There should be a bit of poetry in every day, and John Kendrick Bangs wrote a fitting poem for each day in the year. In 1920, a book was published with one of Bangs' poems for each day. This project covers the month of May. - Summary by Carolin

Book cover Cheery Way, a Bit of Verse for Every Day - June

There should be a bit of poetry in every day, and John Kendrick Bangs wrote a fitting poem for each day in the year. In 1920, a book was published with one of Bangs' poems for each day. This project covers the month of June. - Summary by Carolin

By: Ignatius Brennan (1866-1922)

Book cover Humorous Poems

This is a collection of fun poems by West Virginia poet M. Ignatius Brennan. In his poems, the poet makes fun of the people in his surroundings, and the society in which he lived. In most instances his humor is benevolent, but can turn malicious, for instance where Kentucky and Kentuckians are concerned. - Summary by Carolin

By: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Book cover Pied Beauty

In the Author's Preface to Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, he describes this poem as Curtal-Sonnet "that is they are constructed in proportions resembling those of the sonnet proper, namely 6 + 4 instead of 8 + 6, with however a halfline tailpiece ." - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Thomas Carew (1595-1640)

Book cover Song: Eternity of Love Protested

Thomas Carew was one of the Cavalier poets, a group associated with the unfortunate King Charles I, who was a notable connoisseur of poetry. Other poets in this school included Robert Herrick, Richard Lovelace. John Suckling and Ben Jonson. Carew’s verse generally eschews epic and grandiose subjects, and focuses on more intimate and profane matters. In the words of Edmund Gosse: “Carew's poems, at their best, are brilliant lyrics of the purely sensuous order.” - Summary by Algy Pug

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

Book cover Visiting Stars

Michael Field was a pseudonym used for the poetry and verse drama of Katharine Harris Bradley and her niece and ward Edith Emma Cooper . 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. They wrote a number of passionate love poems to each other, and their name Michael Field was their way of declaring their inseparable oneness...

By: Various

Book cover Sestinas

The sestina has enjoyed intermittent popularity in English writing and translation since the sixteenth century, and this selection highlights some of the varied ways the form has been used and adapted. - Summary by Newgatenovelist


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