English poetry

Poems in English

To Earthward

Love at the lips was touch As sweet as I could bear; And once that seemed too much; I lived […]

After Apple-Picking

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill Beside […]

Into My Own

One of my wishes is that those dark trees, So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze, Were not, […]

The Trial by Existence

Even the bravest that are slain Shall not dissemble their surprise On waking to find valor reign, Even as on […]


No ship of all that under sail or steam Have gathered people to us more and more But Pilgrim-manned the […]

Love and a Question

A stranger came to the door at eve, And he spoke the bridegroom fair. He bore a green-white stick in […]

Spring Pools

These pools that, though in forests, still reflect The total sky almost without defect, And like the flowers beside them, […]

Canis Major

The great Overdog That heavenly beast With a star in one eye Gives a leap in the east. He dances […]

The Valley's Singing Day

The sound of the closing outside door was all. You made no sound in the grass with your footfall, As […]

The Oven Bird

There is a singer everyone has heard, Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird, Who makes the solid tree trunks […]

Meeting and Passing

As I went down the hill along the wall There was a gate I had leaned at for the view […]

A Hundred Collars

Lancaster bore him such a little town, Such a great man. It doesn’t see him often Of late years, though […]

Fragmentary Blue

Why make so much of fragmentary blue In here and there a bird, or butterfly, Or flower, or wearing-stone, or […]

I Will Sing You One-O

It was long I lay Awake that night Wishing that night Would name the hour And tell me whether To […]


The rain to the wind said, ‘You push and I’ll pelt.’ They so smote the garden bed That the flowers […]

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