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Famous Poems

A set of famous poems written in the English language.
a data set by ms.brown
created May 25, 2017
TitleAuthorYear PublishedFirst Line(s)Last Line(s)
The Faerie QueeneEdmund Spenser1590Lo I the man, whose Muse whilome did maske,Well may she speede and fairely finish her intent.
Astrophel and StellaPhilip Sydney1591Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show,"Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write."
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18)William Shakespeare1608Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
For Whom the Bell TollsJohn Donne1624No man is an islandIt tolls for thee.
A Red, Red RoseRobert Burns1794O my Luve is like a red, red roseAnd I will come again, my luve, / Though it were ten thousand mile.
The TygerWilliam Blake1794Tyger Tyger, burning bright, / In the forests of the night;What immortal hand or eye, / Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
The Rime of the Ancient MarinerSamuel Taylor Coleridge1798It is an ancient Mariner,A sadder and a wiser man, / He rose the morrow morn.
I Wandered Lonely as a CloudWilliam Wordsworth1807I wandered lonely as a cloudAnd dances with the daffodils.
She Walks in BeautyLord Byron1815She walks in beauty, like the nightA heart whose love is innocent!
Kubla KhanSamuel Taylor Coleridge1816In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure-dome decree:And drunk the milk of Paradise.
OzymandiasPercy Bysshe Shelley1818I met a traveller from an antique land,The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Ode on a Grecian UrnJohn Keats1820Thou still unravish'ed bride of quietness,"Beauty is truth, truth beauty, --that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
The Lady of ShalottAlfred, Lord Tennyson1833One either side the river lie / Long fields of barley and of rye,this is I, / The Lady of Shalott.
My Last DuchessRobert Browning1842That's my last Duchess painted on the wall, / Looking as if she were alive.Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me!
The RavenEdgar Allen Poe1845Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,Shall be lifted--nevermore!
Annabel LeeEdgar Allen Poe1849It was many and many a year ago, / In a kingdom by the seaIn her tomb by the sounding sea.
The Charge of the Light BrigadeAlfred, Lord Tennyson1854Half a league, half of league, / Half a league onward,Honour the Light Brigade, / Noble six hundred!
The Song of HiawathaHenry Wadsworth Longfellow1855Should you ask me, whence these stories?To the Land of the Hereafter!
Song of MyselfWalt Whitman1855I Celebrate myself, and sing myself,I stop somewhere waiting for you.
Paul Revere's RideHenry Wadsworth Longfellow1861Listen, my children, and you shall hear / Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,And the midnight message of Paul Revere.
O Captain! My CaptainWalt Whitman1865Oh Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is doneFallen cold and dead.
JabberwockyLewis Carroll1871Twas brillig, and the slithy toves / Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:All mimsy were the borogoves, / And the mome raths outgrabe.
The Owl and the Pussy-catEdward Lear1871The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to seaThe danced by the light of the moon.
InvictusWilliam Ernest Henley1888Out of the night that covers me,I am the master of my fate, / I am the captain of my soul.
Because I could not stop for DeathEmily Dickinson1890Because I could not stop for Death-- / He kindly stopped for me--I first surmised the Horses' Heads / Were toward Eternity--
The SwingRobert Louis Stevenson1913How do you like to go up in a swing,Up in the air and down!
In Flanders FieldsJohn McCrae1915In Flanders fields the poppies blowWe shall not sleep, though poppies grow / In Flanders fields.
The Road Not TakenRobert Frost1916Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And that has made all the difference.
The Cat and the MoonWilliam Butler Yeats1919The cat went here and there / And the moon spun round like a top,And lifts to the changing moon / His changing eyes.
The Negro Speaks of RiversLangston Hughes1921I've known rivers:My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
The Waste LandT. S. Eliot1922April is the cruellest month,Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata. / Shantih shantih shantih
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy EveningRobert Frost1923Whose woods these are I think I know.And miles to go before I sleep.
The Hollow MenT. S. Eliot1925We are the hollow men / We are the stuffed menThis is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper.
Funeral BluesW. H. Auden1938Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,For nothing now can ever come to any good.
pity this busy monster, manunkinde. e. cummings1944pity this busy monster, manunkind, / notthere's a hell / of a good universe next door; let's go
Do not go gentle into that good nightDylan Thomas1951Do not go gentle into that good night,Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Harlem (Dream Deferred)Langston Hughes1951What happens to a dream deferred?Or does it explode?
I Knew a WomanTheodore Roethke1954I knew a woman, lovely in her bones(I measure time by how a body sways).
HowlAllen Ginsberg1956I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,in my dreams you walk dripping from a sea-journey on the highway across America in tears to the door of my cottage in the Western night
We Real CoolGwendolyn Brooks1960We real cool. We / Left school.We / Die soon..
DaddySylvia Plath1962You do not do, you do not doDaddy, daddy, you bastard, I'm through.
Caged BirdMaya Angelou1969A free bird leapsfor the caged bird / sings of freedom.
Where the Sidewalk EndsShel Silverstein1974There is a place where the sidewalk endsThe place where the sidewalk ends.
WomanNikki Giovanni1978She wanted to be a blade / of grass amid the fieldsshe decided it was all / right
On the Pulse of MorningMaya Angelou1993A Rock, A River, A TreeWith hope-- / Good morning.
American SmoothRita Dove2004We were dancing--it must have / been a foxtrot or a waltz,before the earth / remembered who we were / and brought us down.
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