Pre-20th Century Poems

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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2013-2014 Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers (124)

By Emily Dickinson

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers -
Untouched by Morning - 
and untouched by noon - . . .

The Salutation

By Thomas Traherne

These little limbs,
    These eyes and hands which here I find,
These rosy cheeks wherewith my life begins, . . .

Say not the Struggle nought Availeth

By Arthur Hugh Clough

Say not the struggle nought availeth,
     The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth, . . .

The Seekers of Lice

By Arthur Rimbaud

When the child's forehead, full of red torments,
Implores the white swarm of indistinct dreams,
There come near his bed two tall charming sisters . . .

Serenade

By Mary Weston Fordham

Sleep, love sleep,
The night winds sigh,
In soft lullaby. . . .

Shall earth no more inspire thee

By Emily Brontë

Shall earth no more inspire thee,
Thou lonely dreamer now?
Since passion may not fire thee . . .

She Walks in Beauty

By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright . . .

Shiloh: A Requiem (April, 1862)

By Herman Melville

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,
      The swallows fly low
Over the field in clouded days, . . .

A Shropshire Lad  2: Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

By A. E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride . . .

Silence

By Thomas Hood

There is a silence where hath been no sound,
   There is a silence where no sound may be,
   In the cold grave—under the deep deep sea, . . .

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