English poetry

Poems in English

October

Look, how those steep woods on the mountain’s face Burn, burn against the sunset; now the cold Invades our very […]

The Yak

As a friend to the children Commend me the Yak. You will find it exactly the thing: It will carry […]

Lines to a Don

Remote and ineffectual Don That dared attack my Chesterton, With that poor weapon, half-impelled, Unlearnt, unsteady, hardly held, Unworthy for […]

On the Little God

Of all the gods that gave me all their glories To-day there deigns to walk with me but one. I […]

Godolphin Horne

Who was cursed with the Sin of Pride, and Became a Boot-Black. Godolphin Horne was Nobly Born; He held the […]

Heroic Poem in Praise of Wine

To exalt, enthrone, establish and defend, To welcome home mankind’s mysterious friend Wine, true begetter of all arts that be; […]

September

I, from a window where the Meuse is wide, Looked eastward out to the September night; The men that in […]

Is there any reward?

Is there any reward? I’m beginning to doubt it. I am broken and bored, Is there any reward Reassure me, […]

Tarantella

Do you remember an Inn, Miranda? Do you remember an Inn? And the tedding and the bedding Of the straw […]

Song

Inviting the influence of a young lady upon the opening year You wear the morning like your dress And are […]

The Early Morning

The moon on the one hand, the dawn on the other: The moon is my sister, the dawn is my […]

Lord Lundy

Who was too Freely Moved to Tears, and thereby ruined his Political Career Lord Lundy from his earliest years Was […]

The Big Baboon

The Big Baboon is found upon The plains of Cariboo: He goes about with nothing on (A shocking thing to […]

The Statue

When we are dead, some Hunting-boy will pass And find a stone half-hidden in tall grass And grey with age: […]

The Frog

Be kind and tender to the Frog, And do not call him names, As “Slimy skin,” or “Polly-wog,” Or likewise […]

The Tiger

The tiger, on the other hand, Is kittenish and mild, And makes a pretty playfellow For any little child. And […]

The Telephone

To-night in million-voiced London I Was lonely as the million-pointed sky Until your single voice. Ah! So the sun Peoples […]

The Evenlode

Torture will give a dozen pence or more To keep a drab from bawling at his door. The public taste […]

Lord Finchley

Lord Finchley tried to mend the Electric Light Himself. It struck him dead: And serve him right! It is the […]

Hildebrand

Who was frightened by a Passing Motor, and was brought to Reason “Oh murder! What was that, Papa!” “My child, […]

Jim

Who ran away from his Nurse and was eaten by a Lion There was a Boy whose name was Jim; […]

Algernon

Who played with a Loaded Gun, and, on missing his Sister was reprimanded by his Father. Young Algernon, the Doctor’s […]

The Lion

The Lion, the Lion, he dwells in the Waste, He has a big head and a very small waist; But […]

Franklin Hyde

Who caroused in the Dirt and was corrected by His Uncle. His Uncle came upon Franklin Hyde Carousing in the […]

The Vulture

The Vulture eats between his meals, And that’s the reason why He very, very, rarely feels As well as you […]

Ha’nacker Mill

Sally is gone that was so kindly, Sally is gone from Ha’nacker Hill And the Briar grows ever since then […]

The Whale

The Whale that wanders round the Pole Is not a table fish. You cannot bake or boil him whole Nor […]

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