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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the current Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

I, Too

By Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother. . . .

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

By William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd, . . .

Ice

By Gail Mazur

In the warming house, children lace their skates,   
bending, choked, over their thick jackets.
. . .

Idea 20: An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still

By Michael Drayton


An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still,
Wherewith, alas, I have been long possess'd, . . .

Idea 43: Why should your fair eyes with such sovereign grace

By Michael Drayton

Why should your fair eyes with such sovereign grace
Disperse their rays on every vulgar spirit,
Whilst I in darkness in the self-same place . . .

Idea 61: Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part

By Michael Drayton

Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part.
Nay, I have done, you get no more of me;
And I am glad, yea glad with all my heart, . . .

The Idler

By Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson

An idle lingerer on the wayside's road,
  He gathers up his work and yawns away;
  A little longer, ere the tiresome load . . .

Ill-Advised Love Poem

By John Yau

Come live with me
And we will sit
. . .

The Illiterate

By William Meredith

Touching your goodness, I am like a man
Who turns a letter over in his hand
And you might think this was because the hand . . .

Immortal Autumn

By Archibald MacLeish

I speak this poem now with grave and level voice   
In praise of autumn, of the far-horn-winding fall.
. . .