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

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By Andrew Marvell

See how the orient dew,
Shed from the bosom of the morn   
   Into the blowing roses, ...

By Elizabeth Hands

O what a strange parcel of creatures are we,
Scarce ever to quarrel, or even agree;
We all are alone, though at home altogether, ...

By Elizabeth Bentley

When infant Reason first exerts her sway,
And new-formed thoughts their earliest charms display;
Then let the growing race employ your care ...

By Josephine Miles

All our roads go nowhere.
Maps are curled
To keep the pavement definitely ...

By Queen Elizabeth I

I grieve and dare not show my discontent,
I love and yet am forced to seem to hate,
I do, yet dare not say I ever meant,...

By Edgar Albert Guest

How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you quit a thing that you like a lot?
You may talk of pluck; it’s an easy word,...

By John Milton

What needs my Shakespeare for his honoured bones,
The labor of an age in pilèd stones,
Or that his hallowed relics should be hid   ...

By George Moses Horton

Esteville begins to burn;
   The auburn fields of harvest rise;
The torrid flames again return,...

By Charlotte Brontë

There's little joy in life for me,
      And little terror in the grave;
I 've lived the parting hour to see...

By Thomas Gray

In vain to me the smiling Mornings shine,
And reddening Phœbus lifts his golden fire;
The birds in vain their amorous descant join;...

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Sydney Bayless
2017 AR POL Champion