Category: Poetry

Victorian Songs; Lyrics of the Affections and Nature – Gosse, Garrett, and Garrett

N O species of poetry is more ancient than the lyrical, and yet none shows so little sign of having outlived the requirements of human passion. The world may grow tired of epics and of tragedies, but each generation, as it sees the hawthorns blossom and the freshness of girlhood expand, is seized with a […]

Theocritus, translated into English Verse – Theocritus

I had intended translating all or nearly all these Idylls into blank verse, as the natural equivalent of Greek or of Latin hexameters; only deviating into rhyme where occasion seemed to demand it. But I found that other metres had their special advantages: the fourteen-syllable line in particular has that, among others, of containing about […]

The Wind Among the Reeds – W. B. Yeats

THE HOSTING OF THE SIDHE The host is riding from Knocknarea And over the grave of Clooth-na-bare; Caolte tossing his burning hair And Niamh calling Away, come away: Empty your heart of its mortal dream. The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round, Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound, Our breasts are heaving, our […]

The Waste Land – T. S. Eliot

April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers. Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade, […]

The Suppressed Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson – Baron Alfred Tennyson Tennyson

I stood upon the Mountain which o’erlooks The narrow seas, whose rapid interval Parts Afric from green Europe, when the Sun Had fall’n below th’ Atlantick, and above The silent Heavens were blench’d with faery light, Uncertain whether faery light or cloud, Flowing Southward, and the chasms of deep, deep blue Slumber’d unfathomable, and the […]

The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses – Robert W. Service

The lonely sunsets flare forlorn Down valleys dreadly desolate; The lordly mountains soar in scorn As still as death, as stern as fate. The lonely sunsets flame and die; The giant valleys gulp the night; The monster mountains scrape the sky, Where eager stars are diamond-bright. So gaunt against the gibbous moon, Piercing the silence […]

The Song of Hiawatha – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Song of Hiawatha is based on the legends and stories of many North American Indian tribes, but especially those of the Ojibway Indians of northern Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. They were collected by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, the reknowned historian, pioneer explorer, and geologist. He was superintendent of Indian affairs for Michigan from 1836 to […]

The Song Celestial; Or, Bhagavad-Gîtâ (from the Mahâbhârata) – Sir Edwin Arnold

Dhritirashtra: Ranged thus for battle on the sacred plain– On Kurukshetra–say, Sanjaya! say What wrought my people, and the Pandavas? Sanjaya: When he beheld the host of Pandavas, Raja Duryodhana to Drona drew, And spake these words: “Ah, Guru! see this line, How vast it is of Pandu fighting-men, Embattled by the son of Drupada, […]

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam – Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam was born at Naishapur in Khorassan in the latter half of our Eleventh, and died within the First Quarter of our Twelfth Century. The Slender Story of his Life is curiously twined about that of two other very considerable Figures in their Time and Country: one of whom tells the Story of all […]

The Real Mother Goose – Blanche Fisher Wright

LITTLE BO-PEEP Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep, And can’t tell where to find them; Leave them alone, and they’ll come home, And bring their tails behind them. Little Bo-Peep fell fast asleep, And dreamt she heard them bleating; But when she awoke, she found it a joke, For still they all were fleeting. Then […]

The Rámáyan of Válmíki, translated into English verse – Valmiki

To sainted Nárad, prince of those Whose lore in words of wisdom flows. Whose constant care and chief delight Were Scripture and ascetic rite, The good Válmíki, first and best [pg 002] Of hermit saints, these words addressed: 9 “In all this world, I pray thee, who Is virtuous, heroic, true? Firm in his vows, […]

The Princess – Baron Alfred Tennyson Tennyson

Sir Walter Vivian all a summer’s day Gave his broad lawns until the set of sun Up to the people: thither flocked at noon His tenants, wife and child, and thither half The neighbouring borough with their Institute Of which he was the patron. I was there From college, visiting the son,—the son A Walter […]

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth — Volume 8 (of 8) – William Wordsworth

The American Bibliography is almost entirely the work of Mrs. St. John of Ithaca, and is the result of laborious and careful critical research on her part. The French Bibliography is not so full. I have been assisted in it mainly by M. Legouis at Lyons, and by workers at the British Museum. I have […]

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth — Volume 7 (of 8) – William Wordsworth

The only poems belonging to the years 1821-2 were the “Ecclesiastical Sonnets,” originally called “Ecclesiastical Sketches.” These were written at intervals, from 1821 onwards, but the great majority belong to 1821. They were first published in 1822, in three parts; 102 Sonnets in all. Ten were added in the edition of 1827, several others in […]

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth — Volume 6 (of 8) – William Wordsworth

The Excursion—to which the fifth volume of this edition is devoted—has been assigned to the year 1814; since it was finished, and first published, in that year,—although commenced in 1795. During the earlier stages of its composition, this poem was known, in the Wordsworth household, as “The Pedlar”; and Dorothy Wordsworth tells us in one […]

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth — Volume 5 (of 8) – William Wordsworth

[Something must now be said of this poem, but chiefly, as has been done through the whole of these notes, with reference to my personal friends, and especially to her who has perseveringly taken them down from my dictation. Towards the close of the first book, stand the lines that were first written,— beginning “Nine […]

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth — Volume 4 (of 8) – William Wordsworth

[This person was Thomas Wilkinson, a Quaker by religious profession; by natural constitution of mind—or, shall I venture to say, by God’s grace? he was something better. He had inherited a small estate, and built a house upon it, near Yanwath, upon the banks of the Emont. I have heard him say that his heart […]

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth — Volume 3 (of 8) – William Wordsworth

Note: It is not easy to say what were the “four lines composed as a part of the verses on the Highland Girl” which the Fenwick note tells us was “the germ of this poem.” They may be lines now incorporated in those To a Highland Girl, vol. ii. p. 389, or they may be […]

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth — Volume 2 (of 8) – William Wordsworth

My Dear Friend—The Tale of Peter Bell, which I now introduce to your notice, and to that of the Public, has, in its Manuscript state, nearly survived its minority:—for it first saw the light in the summer of 1798. During this long interval, pains have been taken at different times to make the production less […]

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth — Volume 1 (of 8) – William Wordsworth

During the decade between 1879 and 1889 I was engaged in a detailed study of Wordsworth; and, amongst other things, edited a library edition of his Poetical Works in eight volumes, including the “Prefaces” and “Appendices” to his Poems, and a few others of his Prose Works, such as his Description of the Scenery of […]

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