Pre-20th Century Poems

ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2017-2018 competition.

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By John Dryden

Farewell, too little and too lately known,
Whom I began to think and call my own;
For sure our souls were near ally'd; and thine...

By Robert Herrick

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today...

By Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea


Fair tree! for thy delightful shade
'Tis just that some return be made;...

By William Blake

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, ...

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