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.

Spring and Fall

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

Márgarét, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves like the things of man, you . . .

The Star

By Ann Taylor, Jane Taylor

TWINKLE, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are !
Up above the world so high, . . .

The Statesmen

By Ambrose Bierce

How blest the land that counts among
      Her sons so many good and wise,
To execute great feats of tongue . . .

The Sun Rising

By John Donne

               Busy old fool, unruly sun,
               Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains call on us? . . .

Surprised by Joy

By William Wordsworth

Surprised by joy—impatient as the Wind
I turned to share the transport—Oh! with whom
But Thee, long buried in the silent Tomb, . . .

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