English poetry

Poems in English

English In 1819

An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying king, Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who Through public scorn, mud […]

The Two Spirits: An Allegory

FIRST SPIRIT O thou, who plum’d with strong desire Wouldst float above the earth, beware! A Shadow tracks thy flight […]


SWIFTLY walk o’er the western wave, Spirit of Night! Out of the misty eastern cave, Where, all the long and […]


We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon; How restlessly they speed, and gleam, and quiver, Streaking the darkness […]

When The Lamp Is Shattered

When the lamp is shattered The light in the dust lies dead When the cloud is scattered, The rainbow’s glory […]

To The Moon

Art thou pale for weariness Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth, Wandering companionless Among the stars that have […]

The Invitation

Best and brightest, come away, Fairer far than this fair day, Which, like thee, to those in sorrow Comes to […]

Queen Mab: Part VI (excerpts)

“Throughout these infinite orbs of mingling light, Of which yon earth is one, is wide diffus’d A Spirit of activity […]

Epipsychidion (excerpt)

Emily, A ship is floating in the harbour now, A wind is hovering o’er the mountain’s brow; There is a […]

The Triumph of Life

Swift as a spirit hastening to his task Of glory & of good, the Sun sprang forth Rejoicing in his […]

To A Skylark

Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! Bird thou never wert, That from heaven, or near it, Pourest thy full heart In […]

To The Men Of England

Men of England, wherefore plough For the lords who lay ye low? Wherefore weave with toil and care The rich […]

The Waning Moon

And like a dying lady, lean and pale, Who totters forth, wrapped in a gauzy veil, Out of her chamber, […]

To A Lady, With A Guitar

Ariel to Miranda: Take This slave of music, for the sake Of him who is the slave of thee; And […]


AWAY! the moor is dark beneath the moon, Rapid clouds have drunk the last pale beam of even: Away! the […]

Mont Blanc

(Lines written in the Vale of Chamouni) 1 The everlasting universe of things Flows through the mind, and rolls its […]


Good-night? ah! no; the hour is ill Which severs those it should unite; Let us remain together still, Then it […]

Poetical Essay

Extract from Poetical Essay by Percy Bysshe Shelley Millions to fight compell’d, to fight or die In mangled heaps on […]

Julian and Maddalo (excerpt)

I rode one evening with Count Maddalo Upon the bank of land which breaks the flow Of Adria towards Venice: […]

An Exhortation

Chameleons feed on light and air: Poets’ food is love and fame: If in this wide world of care Poets […]

To Coleridge

Oh! there are spirits of the air, And genii of the evening breeze, And gentle ghosts, with eyes as fair […]


Unfathomable Sea! whose waves are years, Ocean of Time, whose waters of deep woe Are brackish with the salt of […]

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