Pre-20th Century Poems

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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2014-2015 Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

The Snow-Storm

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air . . .

So We'll Go No More a Roving

By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

So, we'll go no more a roving
   So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving, . . .

Solitude

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, . . .

Song

By Edmund Waller

Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me,
That now she knows, . . .

Song: Go and catch a falling star

By John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,
    Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are, . . .

Song: “Blow, blow, thou winter wind

By William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
   Thou art not so unkind
      As man’s ingratitude; . . .

Song: “You charm'd me not with that fair face”

By John Dryden

You charm'd me not with that fair face
      Though it was all divine:
To be another's is the grace, . . .

Song of Myself: 35

By Walt Whitman

Would you hear of an old-time sea-fight?
Would you learn who won by the light of the moon and stars?
List to the yarn, as my grandmother’s father the sailor told it to me. . . .

Song: to Celia [Come, my Celia, let us prove]

By Ben Jonson

Come, my Celia, let us prove,
While we can, the sports of love;
Time will not be ours forever; . . .

Song: to Celia [“Drink to me only with thine eyes”]

By Ben Jonson

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
         And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup, . . .