English poetry

Poems in English


I have been temperate always, But I am like to be very drunk With your coming. There have been times […]

The Way

At first a mere thread of a footpath half blotted Out by the grasses Sweeping triumphant across it, it wound […]


From out the dragging vastness of the sea, Wave-fettered, bound in sinuous, seaweed strands, He toils toward the rounding beach, […]

Fringed Gentians

Near where I live there is a lake As blue as blue can be, winds make It dance as they […]

The Crescent Moon

Slipping softly through the sky Little horned, happy moon, Can you hear me up so high? Will you come down […]

Apples of Hesperides

Glinting golden through the trees, Apples of Hesperides! Through the moon-pierced warp of night Shoot pale shafts of yellow light, […]


A face seen passing in a crowded street, A voice heard singing music, large and free; And from that moment […]

To John Keats

Great master! Boyish, sympathetic man! Whose orbed and ripened genius lightly hung From life’s slim, twisted tendril and there swung […]

A Ballad of Footmen

Now what in the name of the sun and the stars Is the meaning of this most unholy of wars? […]

The Cremona Violin

Part First Frau Concert-Meister Altgelt shut the door. A storm was rising, heavy gusts of wind Swirled through the trees, […]

The Dinner-Party

Fish “So. . .” they said, With their wine-glasses delicately poised, Mocking at the thing they cannot understand. “So. . […]

The Boston Athenaeum

Thou dear and well-loved haunt of happy hours, How often in some distant gallery, Gained by a little painful spiral […]

To Elizabeth Ward Perkins

Dear Bessie, would my tired rhyme Had force to rise from apathy, And shaking off its lethargy Ring word-tones like […]

Number 3 on the Docket

The lawyer, are you? Well! I ain’t got nothin’ to say. Nothin’! I told the perlice I hadn’t nothin’. They […]

The Bungler

You glow in my heart Like the flames of uncounted candles. But when I go to warm my hands, My […]

Sword Blades and Poppy Seed

A drifting, April, twilight sky, A wind which blew the puddles dry, And slapped the river into waves That ran […]

Sea Shell

Sea Shell, Sea Shell, Sing me a song, O Please! A song of ships, and sailor men, And parrots, and […]

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