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La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad

By John Keats

O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
       Alone and palely loitering?
The sedgesedge Grasslike or rushlike plant that grows in wet areas. has withered from the lake, . . .

La Figlia che Piange

By T. S. Eliot

Stand on the highest pavement of the stair—
Lean on a garden urn—
Weave, weave the sunlight in your hair— . . .

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

By William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee, . . .

The Lamb

By Linda Gregg

It was a picture I had after the war.
A bombed English church. I was too young   
to know the word English or war, . . .

Land

By Agha Shahid Ali

Swear by the olive in the God-kissed land—
There is no sugar in the promised land.
. . .

The Larger

By Joanie Mackowski

I don't know how it happened, but I fell—   
and I was immense, one dislocated arm   
wedged between two buildings. I felt some ribs    . . .

Larkinesque

By Michael Ryan

Reading in the paper a summary
of a five-year psychological study
that shows those perceived as most beautiful . . .

The Last Laugh

By Wilfred Owen

‘O Jesus Christ! I’m hit,’ he said; and died.

Whether he vainly cursed or prayed indeed,
                 The Bullets chirped—In vain, vain, vain!
 . . .

Late Echo

By John Ashbery

Alone with our madness and favorite flower
We see that there really is nothing left to write about.
Or rather, it is necessary to write about the same old things . . .

Late Summer

By Jennifer Grotz

Before the moths have even appeared
to orbit around them, the streetlamps come on,
a long row of them glowing uselessly . . .

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