English poetry

Poems in English


What Is Life?

Resembles Life what once was held of Light, Too ample in itself for human sight? An absolute Self an element […]

The Dungeon

[from his play Osorio, later called Remorse] Song (Act V, scene i) And this place our forefathers made for man! […]

Sonnet

To the River Otter Dear native Brook! wild Streamlet of the West! How many various-fated years have past, What happy […]

The Nightingale

No cloud, no relique of the sunken day Distinguishes the West, no long thin slip Of sullen light, no obscure […]

The Presence Of Love

And in Life’s noisiest hour, There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee, The heart’s Self-solace and soliloquy. You mould […]

Despair

I have experienc’d The worst, the World can wreak on me the worst That can make Life indifferent, yet disturb […]

The Good, Great Man

“How seldom, friend! a good great man inherits Honour or wealth with all his worth and pains! It sounds like […]

A Tombless Epitaph

‘Tis true, Idoloclastes Satyrane! (So call him, for so mingling blame with praise, And smiles with anxious looks, his earliest […]

To Nature

It may indeed be fantasy when I Essay to draw from all created things Deep, heartfelt, inward joy that closely […]

Hexameters

William, my teacher, my friend! dear William and dear Dorothea! Smooth out the folds of my letter, and place it […]

To the Nightingale

Sister of love-lorn Poets, Philomel! How many Bards in city garret pent, While at their window they with downward eye […]

On Donne's Poetry

”With Donne, whose muse on dromedary trots, Wreathe iron pokers into true-love knots ; Rhyme’s sturdy cripple, fancy’s maze and […]

Reason

… Finally, what is Reason? You have often asked me ; and this is my Answer : Whene’er the mist, […]

Epitaph

Stop, Christian passer-by : Stop, child of God, And read, with gentle breast. Beneath this sod A poet lies, or […]

Recollections Of Love

I How warm this woodland wild Recess! Love surely hath been breathing here ; And this sweet bed of heath, […]

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