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Poem Sampler: Poems of Hope

Start the school year off on a hopeful note. You got this.


"Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou

"Epilogue" by Robert Browning

"Say not the Struggle nought Availeth" by Arthur Hugh Clough

"Hope is the Thing with Feathers" by Emily Dickinson

"Holy Sonnets: Death, be not proud" by John Donne

"It Couldn't Be Done" by Edgar Albert Guest

"On Quitting" by Edgar Albert Guest

"Life Ev'ry Voice and Sing" by James Weldon Johnson

"Invictus" by William Ernest Henley

"Immortal Sails" by Alfred Noyes

"Ode" by Arthur O'Shaughnessy

"I Am Learning to Abandon the World" by Linda Pastan

"Oh Hope! Thou soother sweet of human woes" by Charlotte Smith

"Since There is No Escape" by Sara Teasdale

"Valentine" by Elinor Wylie

Posted on 09.04.18


2018 Poetry Ourselves Winners

We’re excited to introduce the 2018 Poetry Ourselves winners! Each Poetry Out Loud state champion had the opportunity to submit an original work of poetry in one of two categories—written or spoken, and all submissions were judged by poet Jamaal May.

Lauren Haiar, POL Wyoming State Champion, won first place in the written category with her poem “A Creation Story.”

POL Massachusetts State Champion Xiadi Zhai received runner-up in the written category with her poem “Vietnam.”

In the spoken category, first place went to Gage Gramlick, POL South Dakota State Champion, for his poem “Untitled (Sometimes I Wake Up in the Middle of the Night).”

Raina B. Verser, POL Alabama State Champion, won runner-up in the spoken category. Here is her poem “Syllogism.”

Posted on 05.14.18


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