English poetry

Poems in English

The Broken Heart

He is stark mad, who ever says, That he hath been in love an hour, Yet not that love so […]

Woman’s Constancy

Now thou hast loved me one whole day, Tomorrow when thou leav’st, what wilt thou say? Wilt thou then antedate […]

A Fever

Oh do not die, for I shall hate All women so, when thou art gone, That thee I shall not […]

The Dream

Dear love, for nothing less than thee Would I have broke this happy dream; It was a theme For reason, […]

The Sun Rising

Busy old fool, unruly sun, Why dost thou thus, Through windows and through curtains, call on us? Must to thy […]

The Apparition

When by thy scorn, O murd’ress, I am dead, And that thou think’st thee free From all solicitation from me, […]

The Indifferent

I can love both fair and brown, Her whom abundance melts, and her whom want betrays, Her who loves loneness […]

The Canonization

For God’s sake hold your tongue, and let me love, Or chide my palsy, or my gout, My five grey […]

Elegy VI

Oh, let me not serve so, as those men serve Whom honour’s smokes at once fatten and starve; Poorly enrich’t […]

A Hymn To God The Father

Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which is my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive […]

Witchcraft By A Picture

I fix mine eye on thine, and there Pity my picture burning in thine eye; My picture drowned in a […]

Elegy VII

Nature’s lay idiot, I taught thee to love, And in that sophistry, Oh, thou dost prove Too subtle: Foole, thou […]

The Prohibition

Take heed of loving me; At least remember I forbade it thee; Not that I shall repair my unthrifty waste […]

The Primrose

Upon this Primrose hill, Where, if Heav’n would distil A shower of rain, each several drop might go To his […]

Elegy IX: The Autumnal

No spring nor summer Beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one autumnall face. Young beauties force our […]

Negative Love

I never stoop’d so low, as they Which on an eye, cheeke, lip, can prey, Seldom to them, which soare […]

John Donne – The Paradox

No Lover saith, I love, nor any other Can judge a perfect Lover; Hee thinkes that else none can, nor […]

The Damp

When I am dead, and doctors know not why, And my friends’ curiosity Will have me cut up to survey […]

For Whom The Bell Tolls

No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. […]

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