Barrel O’ Poetry


This page has been set aside for the display of poems which I think are good and meaningful and should be taught in every school in America. Just click on the title of the poem you would like to read. I’ve tried to include some footnotes for words or phrases which I thought were confusing, so hopefully everything will make sense. Thank you.

oh absalom my son my son by Lucille Clifton
After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes by Emily Dickinson
Anne by Lizette Woodworth Reese
An Argument by Thomas Moore
Bertram’s Garden by Donald Justice
Brown Penny by W. B. Yeats
Call It a Good Marriage by Robert Graves
A Claim by W. S. Merwin
The Clasp by Sharon Olds
A Considered Reply to a Child by Jonathan Price
A Dedication to My Wife by T. S. Eliot
The Dug-Out by Siegfried Sassoon
Each Happiness Ringed by Lions by Jane Hirshfield
The Embrace by Mark Doty
The Envoy by Jane Hirshfield
The Farmer’s Bride by Charlotte Mew
Father, R.I.P., Sums Me Up at Twenty-Three by Deborah Garrison
Fire and Ice by Robert Frost
First Love by John Clare
For the young who want to by Marge Piercy
For X by Louis MacNiece
The Fortress by Anne Sexton
fury by Lucille Clifton
Gift by Leonard Cohen
Going the Rounds: A Sort of Love Poem by Anthony Hecht
Goodbye by Alun Lewis
Harlem Dancer by Claude McKay
Have Me by Carl Sandburg
The Indigo Bunting by Robert Bly
The Layers by Stanley Kunitz
Les Sylphides by Louis MacNiece
Let Me Enjoy: Minor Key by Thomas Hardy
Love in the Guise of Friendship by Robert Burns
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot
Mirage by Christina Rossetti
Modern Love by George Merideth
Neither Far Out Nor In Deep by Robert Frost
The Net by Sara Teasdale
No Use by W. D. Snodgrass
Not Marble Nor the Gilded Monuments by Archibald MacLeish
The Old Lady’s Lament For Her Youth by Francois Villon
One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker
Patterns by Amy Lowell
Passing Through by Stanley Kunitz
Piazza Piece by John Crowe Ransom
The Poet by Jane Hirshfield
Poet‘s Progress by Lorna Dee Cervantes
The Portrait by Stanley Kunitz
Portrait of a Lady by T. S. Eliot
Prayer to Persephone by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note by Imamu Amiri Baraka
Preludes by T. S. Eliot
Quick and Bitter by Yehuda Amichai
Reunion by Edwin Arlington Robinson
Rhapsody on a Windy Night by T.S. Eliot
Seduced Girl by Hedylos
She Thinks of Him on Her Birthday by Deborah Garrison
She Walked Unaware by Patrick MacDonogh
Silence by Edgar Lee Masters
since feeling is first by e.e. cummings
Sleep by Jane Hirshfield
The Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
Song of a Girl by Mary Carolyn Davies
Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare
Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare
Sonnet 30 by Edmund Spenser
Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare
Sonnet XXX by Edna St. Vincent Millay
The Suicide by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Summer Ends Too Soon by Lorna Dee Cervantes
Symptoms of Love by Robert Graves
Taxi by Amy Lowell
Thou Lingering Star by Robert Burns
To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars by Richard Lovelace
Untitled by Anna Akhmatova
Untitled by Alanis Morissette
Untitled by Alexander Pushkin
What I Expected by Stephen Spender
When You Are Old by W. B. Yeats
When Your Face Dawned by Yevgeny Yevtushenko
The Word by R. S. Thomas
Yesterday by W. S. Merwin
You and I Are Disappearing by Yusef Komunyakaa

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