English poetry

Poems in English

Locations and Times

LOCATIONS and times-what is it in me that meets them all, whenever and wherever, and makes me at home? Forms, […]

These, I, Singing in Spring

THESE, I, singing in spring, collect for lovers, (For who but I should understand lovers, and all their sorrow and […]

Bathed in War’s Perfume

BATHED in war’s perfume-delicate flag! (Should the days needing armies, needing fleets, come again,) O to hear you call the […]

Warble for Lilac-Time

WARBLE me now, for joy of Lilac-time, Sort me, O tongue and lips, for Nature’s sake, and sweet life’s sake-and […]

So Long

1 TO conclude-I announce what comes after me; I announce mightier offspring, orators, days, and then, for the present, depart. […]

Turn, O Libertad

TURN, O Libertad, for the war is over, (From it and all henceforth expanding, doubting no more, resolute, sweeping the […]

Last Invocation, The

1 AT the last, tenderly, From the walls of the powerful, fortress’d house, From the clasp of the knitted locks-from […]


RESPONDEZ! Respondez! (The war is completed-the price is paid-the title is settled beyond recall;) Let every one answer! let those […]

You Felons on Trial in Courts

YOU felons on trial in courts; You convicts in prison-cells-you sentenced assassins, chain’d and hand-cuff’d with iron; Who am I, […]

Singer in the Prison, The

1 O sight of shame, and pain, and dole! O fearful thought-a convict Soul! RANG the refrain along the hall, […]

All is Truth

O ME, man of slack faith so long! Standing aloof-denying portions so long; Only aware to-day of compact, all-diffused truth; […]

Darest Thou Now, O Soul

1 DAREST thou now, O Soul, Walk out with me toward the Unknown Region, Where neither ground is for the […]

A Farm-Picture

THROUGH the ample open door of the peaceful country barn, A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding; And […]

O Star of France

1 O STAR of France! The brightness of thy hope and strength and fame, Like some proud ship that led […]

A Noiseless Patient Spider

A NOISELESS, patient spider, I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated; Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, […]

Carol of Occupations

1 COME closer to me; Push close, my lovers, and take the best I possess; Yield closer and closer, and […]

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