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 Tables Turned

By William Wordsworth

Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;
Or surely you'll grow double:
Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks; . . .

Tall Ambrosia

By Henry David Thoreau

Among the signs of autumn I perceive
The Roman wormwood (called by learned men
Ambrosia elatior, food for gods,— . . .

There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House

By Emily Dickinson

There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House,
As lately as Today —
I know it, by the numb look . . .

They Flee From Me

By Thomas Wyatt

They flee from me that sometime did me seek
With naked foot, stalking in my chamber.
I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek, . . .

Thou Art My Lute

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Thou art my lute, by thee I sing,—
     My being is attuned to thee.
Thou settest all my words a-wing, . . .

Thoughtless Cruelty

By Charles Lamb

There, Robert, you have kill'd that fly ,
And should you thousand ages try
The life you've taken to supply, . . .

A Thousand Martyrs

By Aphra Behn

A thousand martyrs I have made,
   All sacrificed to my desire;
A thousand beauties have betrayed, . . .

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown . . .

The Time I’ve Lost in Wooing

By Thomas Moore

The time I’ve lost in wooing,
In watching and pursuing
The light, that lies . . .

To -

By Sarah Helen Whitman

Vainly my heart had with thy sorceries striven:
It had no refuge from thy love,—no Heaven
But in thy fatal presence;—from afar . . .

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