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By: John Hay (1835-1905)

Book cover White Flag

John Milton Hay was an American statesman and official whose career in government stretched over almost half a century. Beginning as a private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln, Hay's highest office was United States Secretary of State under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Hay was also an author and biographer and wrote poetry and other literature throughout much of his life. - Summary by Wikipedia

By: John Hay Beith (1876-1952)

Book cover Good Dog Book

A collection of adult stories and poems - sad, humorous, and adventurous - about Man's Best Friend. NOTE: Most of these selections contain violence that will be objectionable to some listeners. - Summary by TriciaG

By: John Huston Finley (1863-1940)

Book cover Red Cross Spirit Speaks

LibriVox readers bring you 19 recordings of The Red Cross Spirit Speaks by John H. Finley.At this time of year, all around the world, we remember the fallen and those who served their countries in time of war and other calamity. This poem reminds us of the dedication of the Red Cross, and the comfort they brought and, together with the Red Crescent, still bring, to the wounded, dying and distressed. John Huston Finley headed the Red Cross Commission in Palestine during the First World War.

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: John Keats

John Keats: Selected Poems by John Keats John Keats: Selected Poems

John Keats is perhaps the most talented poet of the English Romantic Period. Although his life was cut short by disease at the age of 25, he produced some of the most famous poems in world literature. Less erudite and philosophical than Shelley and not so technically versatile as Byron, he displayed a sure poetic instinct and an amazing ability to appeal powerfully to the senses and to the emotions by the brilliance of his diction. Thus his poetry is noted more for exquisite feeling than for thought, but in his particular sphere he was unmatched. His influence upon later poets has been immense. (Introduction by Leonard Wilson)

Book cover Poems 1817

Early poems of this famous English lyric poet, in which he openly expresses indebtedness to, and reverence for, his poetic predecessors, especially Spenser, into whose chivalric world he boldly ventures; and also for Milton, and the classic poets. There are also glimpses of his personal, family and political relationships. These poems are of medium length and often pastoral and contemplative in nature with many classical references. His lyric genius and love for humanity are clearly displayed.( Peter Tucker)

Book cover Fragment of an Ode to Maia

volunteers bring you 15 recordings of Fragment Of An Ode To Maia by John Keats. This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 7, 2021. ------ This Weekly Poem is taken from The Poetical Works Of John Keats - Summary by David Lawrence

Book cover Lamia

In his wonderful interpretation of the classic tale of Lamia - the mythological entity portrayed as being a deadly threat especially to children and young men - master poet John Keats construes this timeless and enigmatic story with a view towards intrigue, deception, loyalty, honor and fervor of a young man's lust for a life of passionate bliss with the newly found woman of his dreams. In retrospect, considering certain aspects of her past and recent serpent-like incarnation, the beautiful and seductive Lamia was a poor choice for the young man Lycius...

By: John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922)

Book cover Songs of Cheer

This is a volume of poetry by John Kendrick Bangs. All the poems in this volume share the very positive tone, they discuss happiness, love, and friendship, and can be enjoyed by children as well as adults. - Summary by Carolin

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

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

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

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

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 July. - Summary by Carolin

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

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 August. - Summary by Carolin

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

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 September. - Summary by Carolin

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

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 October. - Summary by Carolin

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

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 November. - Summary by Carolin

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

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 December. - Summary by Carolin

By: John Masefield (1878-1967)

Book cover Selected Public Domain Poems

Maritime and metaphysical verse by John Masefield, English poet and author, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930 until his death.

By: John Milton (1608-1674)

Paradise Lost by John Milton Paradise Lost

Magnificent in its scale and scope, this monumental poem by the blind poet John Milton was the first epic conceived in the English language. It describes an omniscient, all powerful God, the Fall of Man, the Temptation in the Garden of Eden, the disgraced angel who later becomes known as Satan, the Angelic Wars fought by Archangels Michael and Raphael and the Son of God who is the real hero of this saga. The poet John Milton was more than sixty years old when he embarked on this immense work of literary creation...

Paradise Regained by John Milton Paradise Regained

Paradise Regained is a poem by the 17th century English poet John Milton, published in 1671. It is connected by name to his earlier and more famous epic poem Paradise Lost, with which it shares similar theological themes. Based on the Gospel of Luke’s version of the Temptation of Christ, Paradise Regained is more thoughtful in writing style, and thrives upon the imagery of Jesus’ perfection in contrast to the shame of Satan.

Samson Agonistes by John Milton Samson Agonistes

“The Sun to me is darkAnd silent as the Moon,When she deserts the nightHid in her vacant interlunar cave.”Milton composes his last extended work as a tragedy according to the classical Unities of Time, Place and Action. Nevertheless it “never was intended for the stage” and is here declaimed by a single reader.Samson the blinded captive, in company with the Chorus of friends and countrymen, receives his visitors on their varying missions and through them his violent story is vividly recalled...

Book cover Paradise Regain'd (version 2)

Having been publicly acknowledged as God's "beloved Son," Jesus retires to the desert to meditate upon what it means to be the Messiah, about whose coming many conflicting opinions have been circulating among the Jews. Although a learned rabbi, Jesus possesses no knowledge beyond what is available to all human beings. Satan also takes a new interest in this favored "son of God" and seeks to learn what threat he constitutes. The poem consists of a debate between these two adversaries, each seeking the same understanding of precisely what mankind's Savior will do in a world where the way to success typically lies through "wealth ...

Book cover On the Late Massacre in the Piedmont

On the Late Massacre in the Piedmont was written by John Milton in 1655. It was the weekly poem for the week of Feb 21-Feb 28, 2016. - Summary by EstherbenSimonides

By: John Neihardt (1881-1973)

The Divine Enchantment by John Neihardt The Divine Enchantment

When the princess Devanaguy falls into a deep trance-like sleep, she is visited by the god Vishnu: who causes her to fall pregnant with his holy child, Christna.Devanaguy’s sleep is prolonged supernaturally by Vishnu: allowing the god to relate to her his divine secrets through a series of ecstatic visions. Among the mysteries revealed to Devanaguy, she is shown how the gods will shortly powerfully intervene directly in human affairs. When the princess finally re-awakens: she is awestruck by her experiences, and bursts into a spontaneous rhapsody of praise...

Book cover The Song of Hugh Glass

This poem tells a story that begins in 1823 - just after the Leavenworth campaign against the Arikara Indians - and follows an expedition of Major Andrew Henry during a series of arduous journeys over the Trans-Missouri region.The poem focuses upon the relationship between two trappers - Hugh Glass and Jamie - who, after fighting and hunting together, consequently develop a close friendship. The poem revolves around the betrayal of Hugh by Jamie: who leaves Hugh alone "as good as dead" to die by the Missouri...

Book cover Song of Three Friends

The Song of Three Friends is one of five epic poems in Neihardt's, "Cycle of the West". In eight cantos it tells the tale of three friends, Mike Fink, Will Carpenter and Frank Talbeau, who travel up the Missouri River in 1822 as members of Ashley's Hundred to seek their fortunes in the fur fields of the Rocky Mountains. The friends fall out over the love of a woman with fatal consequences. The Song of Three Friends won “Best Volume of Verse” from the Poetry Society of America shortly after it was published.. - Summary by Fritz

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: John Prosper Carmel

Book cover Blottentots and How to Make Them

This is very short, but it is a book with lots of pictures, and it will be even better if you can look at the pictures in the book at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44898 while you listen to the verses. There are many short verses: the first verses tell you how to make a blottentot with a blot of ink on a piece of paper. You then fold the paper and press it gently to spread out the ink into peculiar shapes. The rest of the verses describe the funny creatures which you can make. I'm sure it could...

By: John William Streets (1886-1916)

Book cover Challenge

The editor of the volume Made in the Trenches includes these poignant notes: Corporal Streets, in submitting these sonnets some months ago, wrote: "They express not only my feelings but the feelings of thousands of others who, like myself, are on the verge of departure from England." Cpl. Streets, in a letter accompanying later poems, also wrote: "They were inspired while I was in the trenches, where I have been so busy that I have had little time to polish them. I have tried to picture some thoughts that pass through a man's brain when he dies...

By: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Book cover Market Women's Cries

volunteers bring you 11 recordings of Market Women's Cries by Jonathan Swift. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for September 23, 2019. ------ Here is another Jonathan Swift poem, this time he reflects on the old English Market and the cries of the merchants. - Summary by David Lawrence

Book cover Description Of A City Shower

volunteers bring you 7 recordings of A Description Of A City Shower by Jonathan Swift. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for January 26, 2020. ------ You don't find a weather forecast like this local media. - Summary by David Lawrence

By: Joseph Ashby-Sterry (1836-1917)

Book cover Christmas Duet

Joseph Ashby-Sterry was an English poet and novelist. He works include Boudoir Ballads, a collection of poetry, now out of print. This poem is taken from the 1888 edition of The Lazy Minstrel.

By: Joseph Blanco White (1775-1841)

Book cover Night and Death

volunteers bring you 16 recordings of Night and Death by Joseph Blanco White. This was the Weekly Poetry project for May 16, 2021. ------ Joseph Blanco White was a Spanish poet, theologian and political writer and editor of Irish descent. - Summary by Newgatenovelist

By: Joseph Furphy (1843-1912)

Book cover Psalm of Patience

volunteers bring you 13 recordings of A Psalm of Patience by Joseph Furphy.. This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 29, 2020. ------ Not exactly the Seven Ages of Man, but rather amusing, particularly that final stanza. - 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: Josephine Preston Peabody (1874-1922)

Book cover After Music

Josephine Preston Peabody was an American poet and dramatist. She was born in New York and educated at the Girls’ Latin School, Boston, and at Radcliffe College.

Book cover Book of the Little Past

This is a very cute little book of children's poetry. All poems are short and suitable for very young children to read or listen to. - Summary by Carolin

By: Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

Book cover Trees and Other Poems

"I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree; A tree whose hungry mouth is presd against the sweet earth's flowing breast ...". Almost all of us, including myself of course, have heard and enjoyed those famous words which begin Kilmer's poem, Trees. There is even a National Forest in the United States named in honor of this poem. Here is a recording of the entire book of poems in which it was first published in 1914. Joyce Kilmer was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for...

Book cover Main Street, and Other Poems

This is a book of poems by Joyce Kilmer. It includes several of his religious poems and poems about World War I, in which the author himself lost his life in 1918.

Book cover White Bird of Love

volunteers bring you 19 recordings of White Bird of Love by Joyce Kilmer. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for July 12, 2020. ------ Though a prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world as well as his Roman Catholic religious faith, Kilmer was also a journalist, literary critic, lecturer, and editor. At the time of his deployment to Europe during World War I, Kilmer was considered the leading American Roman Catholic poet and lecturer of his generation, - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Julia A. Moore (1847-1920)

Book cover Sentimental Song Book

Julia A. Moore, the "Sweet Singer of Michigan," is today considered one of the true luminaries of bad poetry. Her verse, with its questionable grammar, clumsily contrived rhymes and its unique mixture of rigorous moralism and sentimentality, attracted wide-spread mockery from the press and the public, but also the attention of literary celebrities like Mark Twain. Ogden Nash, the comic poet, claimed that Moore was a major source of inspiration. Today the Flint Public Library in Michigan holds the Julia A. Moore Poetry Festival to celebrate bad poetry. - Summary by Algy Pug

By: Julia Caroline Dorr (1825-1913)

Book cover Pro Patria

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

Book cover Friar Anselmo, and Other Poems

This is a collection of poems by Julia Caroline Dorr.

Book cover Afternoon Songs

This is a volume of poems by Julia Caroline Dorr, part 5 of her collected poems.

Book cover Later Poems

This is the last volume in Julia Caroline Dorr's collected poems, the Later Poems.

Book cover Sonnets

This is a collection of Julia Caroline Dorr's Sonnets, from her collected poems.

By: Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing (1841-1885)

Book cover Christmas Wishes

volunteers bring you 18 recordings of Christmas Wishes by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 20, 2020. ------ Juliana Horatia Ewing was an English writer of children's stories. Her writings display a sympathetic insight into children's lives, an admiration for things military, and a strong religious faith. This poem taken from Verses for Children and Songs for Music. - Summary by Wikipedia

Book cover Other Stars

volunteers bring you 15 recordings of Other Stars by Juliana Horatia Ewing. This was the Weekly Poetry project for June 6, 2022. ------ Juliana Horatia Ewing was an English writer of children's stories. Her writings display a sympathetic insight into children's lives, an admiration for things military, and a strong religious faith. This Weekly Poem is taken from Verses for Children, and Songs for Music by Juliana Horatia Ewing - Summary by Wikipedia

By: Jun Fujita (1888-1963)

Book cover Tanka: Poems in Exile

Jun Fujita's tanka are timeless, still, sad. Written in English, one wonders whether the recurring deserts are in Japan, in America, or in the poet's state of mind: that of a scarecrow flapping in wind. The form is as loose and haunting as modern English-language tanka. - Summary by czandra

By: Kabir (1440-1518)

Songs of Kabir by Kabir Songs of Kabir

Kabir (1440 - 1518) was a mystic poet and saint of India, whose writings have greatly influenced the Bhakti movement.The name Kabir comes from Arabic Al-Kabir which means 'The Great' - the 37th Name of God in the Qur'an.Kabir was influenced by the prevailing religious mood of his times, such as old Brahmanic Hinduism, Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, the teachings of Nath yogis and the personal devotionalism of South India mixed with the imageless God of Islam. The influence of these various doctrines is clearly evident in Kabir's verses...

By: Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

Book cover Prophet

The prophet Al Mustafa, before leaving the city where he has been living twelve years, stops to address the people. They call out for his words of wisdom on many sides of the human condition, and he addresses them in terms of love and care. He has much to offer from his observations of the people, and he illustrates with images they can relate to. The author, Gibran, was influenced by the Maronites, the Sufis, and the Baha’i. His philosophy, though deist, is primarily aimed at the good within ourselves, and the common-sense ways in which we can unlock it...

By: Kate Seymour MacLean (1829-1916)

Book cover Advent Days and Poems of Remembrance

This is a very short volume of poems by Canadian poet Kate Seymour MacLean, containing only twenty poems. - Summary by Carolin

Book cover Thanksgiving

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

By: Kate Slaughter McKinney (1857-1939)

Book cover Katydid's Poems

This is a volume of poems by Kate Slaughter McKinney, poet laureate of the State of Alabama of 1931, who often went by the pen-name Katydid. The poems are cute and amusing, children will enjoy them. - Summary by Carolin

By: Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929)

Book cover Blood Road

volunteers bring you 19 recordings of Blood Road by Katharine Lee Bates. This was the New Year's Weekly Poetry project for December 30. 2018. ------ Katharine Lee Bates was an American writer, poet, professor, and social activist. Although she was a renowned author and professor during her lifetime, today she is primarily remembered as the author of the words to the anthem "America the Beautiful". For 25 years, she lived with her long-time friend and companion, Katharine Coman. This poem taken from 'America the beautiful and other poems' 1911. - Summary by Wikipedia

Book cover On Christmas Eve

volunteers bring you 17 recordings of On Christmas Eve by Katharine Lee Bates. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 19, 2021. ------- Best known as the author of "America the Beautiful", American professor and poet Katharine Lee Bates also wrote many books and articles on social reform. In this poem, she strips away some of the outer layers of the Christmas story to peer into the core of the event. - Summary by TriciaG


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