Pre-20th Century Poems


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

The Author to Her Book

By Anne Bradstreet

An Autumn Sunset

By Edith Wharton

Battle-Hymn of the Republic

By Julia Ward Howe


By William Lisle Bowles

A Birthday

By Christina Rossetti

A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky

By Lewis Carroll

Break, Break, Break

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Break of Day

By John Donne