English poetry

Poems in English


When first your glory shone upon my face My body kindled to a mighty flame, And burnt you yielding in […]

The Snow Fairy

I Throughout the afternoon I watched them there, Snow-fairies falling, falling from the sky, Whirling fantastic in the misty air, […]

If We Must Die

If we must die, let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us […]


Sometimes I tremble like a storm-swept flower, And seek to hide my tortured soul from thee. Bowing my head in […]


Your scent is in the room. Swiftly it overwhelms and conquers me! Jasmines, night jasmines, perfect of perfume, Heavy with […]

The Tired Worker

O whisper, O my soul! The afternoon Is waning into evening, whisper soft! Peace, O my rebel heart! for soon […]

The Tropics in New York

Bananas ripe and green, and ginger-root, Cocoa in pods and alligator pears, And tangerines and mangoes and grape fruit, Fit […]

The White City

I will not toy with it nor bend an inch. Deep in the secret chambers of my heart I muse […]

After the Winter

Some day, when trees have shed their leaves And against the morning’s white The shivering birds beneath the eaves Have […]


UPON thy purple mat thy body bare Is fine and limber like a tender tree. The motion of thy supple […]

When Dawn Comes to the City

The tired cars go grumbling by, The moaning, groaning cars, And the old milk carts go rumbling by Under the […]

Dawn in New York

The Dawn! The Dawn! The crimson-tinted, comes Out of the low still skies, over the hills, Manhattan’s roofs and spires […]


So much have I forgotten in ten years, So much in ten brief years! I have forgot What time the […]

On Broadway

About me young careless feet Linger along the garish street; Above, a hundred shouting signs Shed down their bright fantastic […]

Winter in the Country

Sweet life! how lovely to be here And feel the soft sea-laden breeze Strike my flushed face, the spruce’s fair […]

French Leave

No servile little fear shall daunt my will This morning. I have courage steeled to say I will be lazy, […]

Song of the Moon

The moonlight breaks upon the city’s domes, And falls along cemented steel and stone, Upon the grayness of a million […]

The Plateau

It was the silver, heart-enveloping view Of the mysterious sea-line far away, Seen only on a gleaming gold-white day, That […]

A Prayer

‘Mid the discordant noises of the day I hear thee calling; I stumble as I fare along Earth’s way; keep […]

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