Pre-20th Century Poems

ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2018-2019 competition.

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By Paul Laurence Dunbar

I am the mother of sorrows,
   I am the ender of grief;
I am the bud and the blossom, ...

By Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields, ...

By Anne Killigrew

Remember when you love, from that same hour
Your peace you put into your lover’s power;
From that same hour from him you laws receive, ...

By John Bunyan

Who would true Valour see
Let him come hither;
One here will Constant be, ...

By Emily Dickinson

The Poets light but Lamps —
Themselves — go out —
The Wicks they stimulate...

By William Blake

I was angry with my friend; 
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe: ...

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font....

By George Herbert

When God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,
“Let us,” said he, “pour on him all we can....

What People are Saying

"I learned to enjoy older poems. At first, I hated the requirement that I had to choose a poem that was pre-20th century. However, as time went by, I began to enjoy the poems more and more. My favorite pre-20th century poet is now Emily Bronte. "
Eseme Segbefia
2018 NY POL Champ