English poetry

Poems in English

O Word I Love to Sing

O word I love to sing! thou art too tender For all the passions agitating me; For all my bitterness […]

To a Poet

There is a lovely noise about your name, Above the shoutings of the city clear, More than a moment’s merriment, […]

The Castaways

The vivid grass with visible delight Springing triumphant from the pregnant earth, The butterflies, and sparrows in brief flight Chirping […]

Through Agony

I All night, through the eternity of night, Pain was my potion though I could not feel. Deep in my […]

Courage

O lonely heart so timid of approach, Like the shy tropic flower that shuts its lips To the faint touch […]

Harlem Shadows

I hear the halting footsteps of a lass In Negro Harlem when the night lets fall Its veil. I see […]

Rest in Peace

No more for you the city’s thorny ways, The ugly corners of the Negro belt; The miseries and pains of […]

Exhortation: Summer 1919

Through the pregnant universe rumbles life’s terrific thunder, And Earth’s bowels quake with terror; strange and terrible storms break, Lightning-torches […]

America

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness, And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth, Stealing my breath of life, […]

Baptism

Into the furnace let me go alone; Stay you without in terror of the heat. I will go naked in […]

The Harlem Dancer

Applauding youths laughed with young prostitutes And watched her perfect, half-clothed body sway; Her voice was like the sound of […]

To Winter

Stay, season of calm love and soulful snows! There is a subtle sweetness in the sun, The ripples on the […]

Futility

Oh, I have tried to laugh the pain away, Let new flames brush my love-springs like a feather. But the […]

The City’s Love

For one brief golden moment rare like wine, The gracious city swept across the line; Oblivious of the color of […]

Memorial

Your body was a sacred cell always, A jewel that grew dull in garish light, An opal which beneath my […]

Polarity

Nay, why reproach each other, be unkind, For there’s no plane on which we two may meet? Let’s both forgive, […]

Absence

Your words dropped into my heart like pebbles into a pool, Rippling around my breast and leaving it melting cool. […]

On a Primitive Canoe

Here, passing lonely down this quiet lane, Before a mud-splashed window long I pause To gaze and gaze, while through […]

Summer Morn in New Hampshire

All yesterday it poured, and all night long I could not sleep; the rain unceasing beat Upon the shingled roof […]

My Mother

I Reg wished me to go with him to the field, I paused because I did not want to go; […]

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