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Cecil Adams
  • Schrödinger’s Cat: The Straight Dope
  • Franklin P. Adams (1881-1960)
  • The Ballad of the Murdered Merchant
  • Broadmindedness
  • It Was A Famous Victory
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
  • A Psalm of Labouring Life
  • Recuerdo
  • Song of Synthetic Virility
  • To A Vers Librist
  • Arthur St John Adcock
  • The Divine Tragedy
  • Conrad Aiken (1889-1973)
  • Bread and Music
  • Anna Jean Allen
  • Breakfast
  • Hervey Allen
  • Dead Men: To a Metaphysician
  • Bill Anderson
  • As Much As I Can Stand
  • John Atherton
  • Threes
  • W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
  • August 1968
  • Conspicuous Courage
  • Foxtrot From a Play
  • Funeral Blues
  • The More Loving One
  • O What Is That Sound?
  • The Secret Is Out
  • Musee des Beaux Arts
  •  B 

    Katherine Lee Bates (1859-1929)
  • America the Beautiful
  • James Beattie (1735-1803)
  • Law
  • Michael Bell
  • Our Silence
  • Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)
  • The Catholic Sun
  • Rebecca, Who Slammed Doors For Fun And Perished Miserably
  • George, Who played with a Dangerous Toy, and suffered a Catastrophe of considerable Dimensions
  • Ivan Berger
  • Commuter Flight
  • John Betjeman (1906-1984)
  • The Lift Man
  • George Bilgere (1951-)
  • Bridal Shower
  • Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
  • How to Make a Memory
  • In the High Leaves of a Walnut
  • Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)
  • One Art
  • William Blake (1757-1827)
  • A Poison Tree
  • Excerpts from Auguries of Innocence
  • The Garden of Love
  • Michael Blumenthal
  • Light, at Thirty-Two
  • Stirling Bowen
  • Cages
  • Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)
  • Remembrance
  • Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996)
  • For Schoolchildren
  • Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)
  • Grantchester, ah Grantchester!
  • Heaven
  • Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)
  • The Mother
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
  • Sonnet #43
  • Robert Browning (1812-1889)
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Amelia Josephine Burr (1878-1968)
  • Typhoon
  • Mike Buscemi
  • The Average Child
  • George Gordon Lord Byron (1788-1824)
  • She Walks in Beauty
  • So, We’ll Go No More a-Roving
  •  C 

    Scott Cairns
  • The Spiteful Jesus
  • Archie Campbell
  • Trouble in the Amen Corner
  • Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 1832-1898)
  • Hiawatha’s Photographing
  • William Herbert Carruth (1859–1924)
  • Each in His Own Tongue
  • Ghosts of Dreams
  • Charles Edward Carryl (1841-1920)
  • A Nautical Ballad
  • Guy Wetmore Carryl (1873–1904)
  • The Domineering Eagle and the Inventive Bratling
  • The Embarrassing Episode of Little Miss Muffet
  • How Jack Found that Beans May Go Back on a Chap
  • The Sycophantic Fox and the Gullible Raven
  • Jimmy Carter (1924-)
  • A Contemplation of What Has Been Created, And Why
  • Johnny Cash (1932-2003)
  • Shrimpin’ Sailin’
  • Henry Chappell
  • A Soldier’s Kiss
  • G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
  • Elegy in a Country Churchyard
  • John Ciardi (1916-1986)
  • Why Nobody Pets the Lion at the Zoo
  • Will D. Cobb (1876–1930)
  • Waltz Me Around Again, Willie
  • Robert P. T. Coffin (1892-1955)
  • Crystal Moment
  • Billy Collins (1941-)
  • Some Days
  • Martin Cooper
  • The Biplane Evermore
  • Wendy Cope (1945-)
  • A Reading
  • Leslie Coulson
  • But A Short Time to Live
  • Stephen Crane (1871-1900)
  • The Ball of Gold
  • I Saw a Man Pursuing
  • Many Workmen
  • Jim Croce (1943-1973)
  • Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues
  • Davy Crockett (1786-1836)
  • Motto
  • Countee Cullen (1903-1946)
  • Incident
  • e. e. cummings (1894-1962)
  • maggie and milly and molly and may
  • “next to of course god america i
  •  D 

    Lt. Cmdr. Data
  • Ode to Spot
  • William Henry Davies (1871-1940)
  • Leisure
  • Billy Dean (1962-)
  • Billy the Kid
  • Jimmy Dean (1928-2010)
  • Big Bad John
  • Little Black Book
  • Philip F. Deaver (1946-)
  • The Worriers’ Guild
  • Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
  • Bones
  • The Listeners
  • A Song of Enchantment
  • Helen Deutsch and Jerry Livingston
  • The Ill-Assorted Guards
  • People Should Listen to Me
  • Neil Diamond (1941-)
  • Brooklyn Roads
  • Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
  • A Book
  • A Narrow Fellow in the Grass
  • I Never Saw a Moor
  • Success
  • Austin Dobson (1840-1921)
  • On the Future of Poetry
  • Natalie Dorsch
  •  Just Because
  • Will Allen Dromgoole
  • The Bridge Builder
  • John Dryden (1631-1700)
  • Happy the Man
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)
  • Sympathy
  • The Poet and His Song
  •  E 

    T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  •  F 

    Robert Fanning
  • Crooked Wisdom
  • Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)
  •  Jenny White and Johnny Black
  • Morning Has Broken
  • Eugene Field (1850-1895)
  • At Cheyenne
  • At The Door
  • Bion’s Song of Eros
  • Of Blessed Memory
  • Consistency
  • Extinct Monsters
  • Grandma’s Prayer
  • Human Nature
  • In Praise of Truth and Simplicity in Song
  • Intry-Mintry
  •  Jessie
  • Little Boy Blue
  • Long Ago
  • The Night Wind
  • One Day I Got A Missive
  • Pike’s Peak
  • Pittypat and Tippytoe
  • Seein’ Things
  • Shuffle-Shoon and Amber-Locks
  • Sometime
  • The Two Coffins
  • James T. Fields (1817-1881)
  • The Tempest
  • Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)
  • The Calf-Path
  • The Ideal Husband to His Wife
  • Odium Theologicum
  • William Percy French (1854-1920)
  • Mountains O’Mourne
  • Gary Friedman
  • I Am The Very Model of an Engineering Graduate
  • Robert Frost (1874-1963)
  • Acquainted with the Night
  • Dust of Snow
  • Fire and Ice
  • Nothing Gold Can Stay
  • Once by the Pacific
  • On Looking Up by Chance at the Constellations
  • Out, Out —
  • The Road Not Taken
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
  • Two Tramps in Mud Time
  • Mary Elizabeth Frye
  • Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
  •  G 

    David Galef (1959-)
  • Enthalpy
  • Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
  • The Silver Swan
  • Walker Gibson
  • Advice to Travelers
  • Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911)
  • The Modern Major-General
  • Dana Gioia (1950-)
  • Planting a Sequoia
  • Simeon Charles Goodwin, O.Praem.
  • The Sacred Heart
  • Edward Gorey (1925-2000)
  • The Gashlycrumb Tinies
  • Howard Greenfield (1936-1986)
  • Crying in the Rain
  • Edgar Guest (1881-1959)
  • Father
  • Arthur Guiterman (1871-1943)
  • The Chip on the Shoulder
  • Heritage
  • My Hills of Dreams
  • On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness
  • Our New Religion
  • Pershing at the Front
  • Pithecanthropus Erectus
  • Sea Sickness
  • Strictly Germ-Proof
  • Arlo Guthrie (1947-)
  • Mooses Come Walking
  •  H 

    Ruth Hulburt Hamilton
  • Song for a Fifth Child
  • Alan Harris
  • Experts and Folk
  • Here and the Ground
  • Sharing Copedom
  • A Younger Friend
  • Rolf Harris (1930–)
  • Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport
  • Sara Henderson Hay
  • The Builders
  • Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
  • To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time
  • Samuel Hoffenstein (1890-1947)
  • I Burned My Candle At Both Ends
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
  • The Deacon’s Masterpiece, or, the Wonderful One-hoss Shay: A Logical Story
  • Reginald Holmes
  • Sunrise Service
  • Thomas Hood (1799-1845)
  • I Remember, I Remember
  • A.D. Hope (1907-2000)
  • Inscription for a War
  • Joseph K. Horn
  • The Mirror
  • Sins of My Old Age
  • An Ode to Richard M. Nixon
  • A. E. Housman (1859-1936)
  • To An Athlete Dying Young
  • Infant Innocence
  • The Lads in Their Hundreds
  • The Laws of God, The Laws of Man
  • Loveliest of Trees
  • Oh Who Is That Young Sinner
  • Oh, When I Was in Love With You
  • Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff
  • When I Was One-and-Twenty
  • Mary Howitt (1799-1888)
  • The Spider and the Fly
  • Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
  • Theme for English B
  • Brian Humpres
  • The Hands of an Ancient Clock
  • James Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)
  • Abou Ben Adhem
  • John Hunter
  • Dreams and Deeds
  •   J 

    Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)
  • October’s Bright Blue Weather
  • Kathryn and Byron Jackson
  • Open Range
  • Frank Jacobs
  • Rudyard Kipling as a Job Consultant
  •  K 

    John Keats (1795-1821)
  • I Had a Dove
  • Garrison Keillor (1942-)
  • Casey at the Bat: The Other Team’s Point of View
  • The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (altered version)
  • David Keppel
  • Trouble
  • X. J. Kennedy (1929-)
  • What We Might Be, What We Are
  • Francis Scott Key (1779-1843)
  • The Defence of Fort McHenry (The Star-Spangled Banner)
  • Aline Kilmer (1888-1941)
  • Tribute
  • Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)
  • The House with Nobody In It
  • To a Young Poet Who Killed Himself
  • Trees
  • Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
  • The Female of the Species
  • If—
  • Dave Kneeshaw
  • The “Third Decree”
  • Maxine Kumin (1925-)
  • The Microscope
  •  L 

    Joseph Lauren
  • The Frogs Who Wanted a King
  • D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
  • Piano
  • Edward Lear (1812-1888)
  • The Jumblies
  • Tom Lehrer (1928-)
  • The Elements
  • We Will All Go Together When We Go
  • Leiber and Stoller
  • Don Juan
  • Love Potion Number Nine
  • Carolyn Leigh (1926-1983)
  • Pass Me By
  • Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007)
  • Patrick’s Rune
  • Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986)
  • The Lusty Month of May (1960)
  • Steven Levine
  • A Better Model
  • Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
  • Memory
  • Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)
  • Factory Windows Are Always Broken
  • The Leaden-Eyed
  • The Unpardonable Sin
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
  • The Children’s Hour
  • The Fire of Driftwood: Devereux Farm, near Marblehead
  • A Psalm of Life
  • The Poem of Thy Choice
  • Success
  • Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)
  • To Althea, from Prison
  • Henry F. Lyte (1793-1847)
  • Abide with Me
  •  M 

    Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)
  • The End of the World
  • John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (1922-1941)
  • High Flight
  • Douglas Malloch
  • Good Timber
  • Marya Mannes
  • Help Wanted
  • Edwin Markham (1852-1940)
  • Outwitted
  • Michael E. Marks (1960-)
  • The Things I Carry
  • Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)
  • To His Coy Mistress
  • John Masefield (1878-1967)
  • Cargoes
  • Sea Fever
  • To His Mother, C. L. M.
  • Marcia Masters
  • April
  • C. W. McCall (1928-)
  • Convoy
  • John McCrae (1872-1918)
  • In Flanders Fields
  • Penance
  • Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978)
  • The Angry Man
  • A Garland of Precepts
  • Conversation in Avila
  • Homework for Annabelle
  • In Praise of Diversity
  • Report on a Situation
  • Text for Today
  • Roger McGough (1937-)
  • Goodbat, Nightman
  • Don McLean (1945-)
  • American Pie
  • Fr. Ladislas Mécs, O.Praem. (1895-1978)
  • The Prince’s Three Sorrows
  • Something Pleased Me Very Much
  • W. E. Mientka
  • Hiawatha Designs an Experiment
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
  • Ashes of Life
  • The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver
  • Dirge Without Music
  • Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare
  • First Fig
  • Lines for a Grave-Stone
  • The Little Ghost
  • Never May the Fruit Be Plucked
  • Recuerdo
  • John Milton (1608-1674)
  • Sonnet On His Blindness
  • Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863)
  • A Visit from Saint Nicholas
  • David Morton (1886-1957)
  • Old Ships
  • In an Old Street
  • Jeffrey Moss
  • The Butterfly Jar
  • Mountain Therapy
  • Silent Cry
  • Joseph Francis Murphy
  • Value Judgement
  •  N 

    Ogden Nash (1902-1971)
  • Compliments of a Friend
  • Confessions to be Traced on a Birthday Cake
  • Goody for Our Side and Your Side Too
  • A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty
  • Listen...
  • Old Men
  • One From One Leaves Two
  • The Pig
  • Pretty Halcyon Days
  • The Solitary Huntsman
  • Tableau at Twilight
  • The Tale of Custard the Dragon
  • To A Lady Passing Time Better Left Unpassed
  • To My Valentine
  • A Word to Husbands
  • Alfred Noyes (1880-1958)
  • The Bee in Church
  •  O 

    George O’Neil (1896-1940)
  • The Bather
  • Charles Osgood (1933-)
  • Pretty Good
  •  P 

    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
  • A Very Short Song
  • Bric-A-Brac
  • One Perfect Rose
  • Résumé
  • Sanctuary
  • The Searched Soul
  • Song in the Worst Possible Taste
  • Coventry Patmore (1823-1896)
  • The Toys
  • Tom Paxton (1937-)
  •  Jimmy Newman
  • Keith H. Peterson
  • Tele Types
  • Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
  • A Dream Within A Dream
  • For Annie
  • The Raven
  • Ezra Pound (1885-1972)
  • An Immorality
  • Ballad of the Goodly Fere
  •  R 

    Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856-1935)
  • Tears
  • Kevin Rettig
  • MACBETH.ZIP
  • Malvina Reynolds (1900-1978)
  • Little Boxes
  • Jessie B. Rittenhouse (1869–1948)
  • My Wage
  • Vision
  • Elizabeth Madox Roberts (1881-1941)
  • Mumps
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)
  • Cliff Klingenhagen
  • Mr. Flood’s Party
  • Richard Cory
  • Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)
  • The Bat
  • Child on Top of a Greenhouse
  • The Waking
  • My Papa’s Waltz
  • Charles Henry Ross
  •  John, Tom, and James
  • Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
  • Remember
  • Up-Hill
  • Paul Rugg and John P. McCann
  • Ballad of Magellan
  •  S 

    Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)
  • Absolution
  • Base Details
  • Suicide in the Trenches
  • John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887)
  • The Blind Men and the Elephant
  • Eric Scholl
  • The Beach Was Virgin
  • No More Than Mary
  • Lesbia Scott
  • I Sing a Song of the Saints of God
  • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
  • Bible Inscription
  • Breathes There The Man
  • Lochinvar
  • Jack Segal (1918-2005)
  • Scarlet Ribbons
  • Robert W. Service (1874-1958)
  • The Cremation of Sam McGee
  • My Madonna
  • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
  • Sonnet 116
  • Jessica Shaver
  • HBRW
  • Methods
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
  • One Word Is Too Often Profaned
  • Ozymandias
  • The Cloud
  • Edward Rowland Sill (1841-1887)
  • The Fool’s Prayer
  • Opportunity
  • Truth at Last
  • Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)
  • A Boy Named Sue
  • The Little Blue Engine
  • The Little Boy and the Old Man
  • My Nose Garden
  • Peanut-Butter Sandwich
  • Won’t You?
  • Mark Smith-Soto
  • Manhattan Buddha
  • Robert Southey (1774-1843)
  • The Battle of Blenheim
  • Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz
  • Mommy Brain
  • George Sterling (1869-1926)
  • The Black Vulture
  • Ray Stevens (1939-)
  • Mississippi Squirrel Revival
  • Marc Antony Henderson (Rev. George A. Strong, 1832–1912)
  • The Song of Milkanwatha
  • Muriel Stuart (1885-1967)
  • The Seed Shop
  •  T 

    John Banister Tabb (1845-1909)
  • A Child’s Prayer
  • Jane Taylor (1783-1824)
  • The Star
  • Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)
  • Barter
  • The Look
  • There Will Come Soft Rains
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
  • The Eagle
  • Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940)
  • Casey at the Bat
  • Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)
  • Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night
  • J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
  • All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter
  • Conway Twitty
  • Saturday Night Special
  • Blake Tyler
  • CuppuhJoe
  •  U 

    Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977)
  • Dorothy Dances
  • Prayer
  • John Updike (1932-2009)
  • Cosmic Gall
  • Requiem
  •  V 

    P. R. Van Buskirk
  • ’Twas the Bike before Christmas
  • Henry Van Dyke
  • America for Me
  •  Joyful Journey
  •  W 

    William Ross Wallace (1819-1881)
  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Rules the World
  • Bill Watterson (1958-)
  • 4+5=?
  • Calvin’s Snowball Prayer
  • Mom and Dad Poem
  • John Hall Wheelock (1886-1978)
  • Earth
  • Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
  • When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
  • John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)
  • The Barefoot Boy
  • Margaret Widdemer (1884-1978)
  • The Watcher
  • Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
  • From The Ballad of Reading Gaol
  • Dixie Willson
  • The Mist and All
  • Johnny Wilson
  • Roses for Mama
  • Clement Wood (1888-1950)
  • Sparta to Troy
  • Samuel Woodworth (1784-1842)
  • The Old Oaken Bucket (original version)
  • William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
  • She Dwelt Among The Untrodden Ways
  • We Are Seven
  • Frederick A. Wright
  • Letter to the City Clerk
  • Elinor Wylie (1885-1928)
  • Pretty Words
  •  Y 

    William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
  • The Song of Wandering Aengus
  • Those Images
  • When You Are Old And Grey
  •  Z 

    Gene Ziegler
  • What if Dr. Seuss Wrote Technical Manuals?
  •  ? 

    Anonymous
  • On Bodies and Spirits
  • The Bonny Streets of Fyve-io
  • The Ethical Major-General
  • The Flower
  • Get Thee to a Punnery
  • The Golden Vanity
  • Hush, Little Baby
  • If Christmas Day on Monday Be
  • The King’s English
  • Methuselah’s Diet
  • A Monk’s Bookplate
  • My Get-Up-And-Go Has Got Up And Went
  • The Old Oaken Bucket (As Revised by the Board of Health)
  • Our Lips and Ears
  • Our Toys
  • Prints in the Sand (parody)
  • The Race
  • Ravin’
  • Saints and Sinners
  • Super Hero
  • Surprise in Heaven
  • Tree
  • Truth Never Dies
  • Violet Vestments and Fishsticks on Fridays
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