Abse, Dannie
Public Library
Song of a Hebrew

Adcock, Fleur

Agard, John
Get Down Ye Angels

Box of Light

Akhmatova, Anna
From “Requiem”

Aldrich, Henry
A Catch

Amis, Kingsley
A Note on Wyatt
Something Nasty in the Bookshop

Ammons, A R

Amoore, Susannah
At the End of April
Dawn in West Hampstead
Late Afternoon in Autumn
Long Sight
An Upstairs Kitchen

Anderson, Ian
Life’s a Long Song

Angelou, Maya
Come. And be my baby.
Late October
Phenomenal Woman
Still I Rise
This Winter Day
To a Man
We Saw Beyond Our Seeming

Adam lay ibounden
Age, not to be rejected
As Dewe in Aprille
From “Beowulf”
Bird on a Briar
The Bonny Bunch of Roses
A Brisk Young Sailor
Came Ye o’er frae France
Care away away away
The common cormorant or shag
The Corpus Christi Carol
The Cuckoo
From “Dispute between a man and his Ba”
The Faking Boy
For want of a nail
Grendel Strikes
Hard Times of Old England
The Hart loves the high wood
High Germany
From “Hughie the Graeme”
In Quintum Novembris
I once loved a lass
The Life of a Man
Little Britain
Lord Lovel
The Lyke-Wake Dirge
My Love in her attire doth shew her wit
On Francis Drake
Oranges and Lemons
Psalm 23
Psalm 146
The Queen of Hearts
A religious Use of taking Tobacco
Remember Adam’s fall
Season Song
She Moved Through the Fair
The Silver Swan
From “Sir Gawayn and þe Grene Knyȝt”
From “Sir Patrick Spens”
The Snow it Melts the Soonest
Somer is i-comen in
From “The Song of Solomon”
From “The Song of Solomon”
A Sonnet to Opium; Celebrating its Virtues
St. James Infirmary Blues
This World’s Joy
From “Thomas the Rhymer”
Tom o’ Bedlam
The Twa Corbies
The Unquiet Grave
Wade in the Water
Westron Wynde
The White Cockade
Who Killed Cock Robin?

Armitage, Simon

Floral Tribute
I Kicked a Mushroom
Poor Old Soul

Arnold, George

Arnold, Matthew
Dover Beach
The Last Word
A Nameless Epitaph
The Progress of Poesy
From “Rugby Chapel”

Atwood, Margaret
From “Dearly”

Auden, WH
Autumn Song
Carry her over the water
Domesday Song
Funeral Blues
If I Could Tell You
In Memory of W. B. Yeats
Look, stranger, on this island now
Musée des Beaux Arts
O What Is That Sound?
O Where Are You Going?
Roman Wall Blues
From “The Sea and the Mirror”
The Unknown Citizen


Bacon, Sir Francis
The world’s a bubble

Baldwin, James

Ball, John
When Adam Delved

Banks, Iain

Barnard, Mary
Fragment (Sappho)
Fragment (Sappho)
Fragment (Sappho)
Rich as you are (Sappho)
Tonight I’ve watched (Sappho)
Fragment (Sappho)

Barnes, William
My orcha’d In Linden Lea

Barrett-Browning, Elizabeth
How do I love thee?
Sonnet (When our two souls stand up)

Baume, Roy
Night Out

Baxter, James K
The Axe-Blade
Evidence at the Witch Trials
The Fear of Change
To Any Young Man who Hears my Verses Read in a Lecture Room

Beer, Patricia
The Conjuror
Frost on the Shortest Day
The Letter
One Man One Vote
The Postilion has been Struck by Lightning

Bell, William
Born Under a Bad Sign

Beresford, Anne
Advice from a Friend
For a Friend Abroad
George Eliot’s Piano Tuner
March 10th
A Quarrel
Still Learning
What do you do all Day while I’m at School?

Berryman, John
Certainty Before Lunch

Betjeman, John
Aldershot Crematorium
Business Girls
Monody on the Death of a Platonist Bank Clerk
From “A Subaltern’s Love-song”
Woman Driver

Binyon, Laurence
From “The Burning of the Leaves”

Bishop, Elizabeth
The Reprimand

Bisset, James
From “Ramble of the Gods through Birmingham”

Blake, William
Ah! Sun-Flower
From “Auguries of Innocence”
The Clod and the Pebble
The Fly
The Garden of Love
Infant Joy
Infant Sorrow
Introduction to Songs of Innocence and of Experience
From “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”
Nurse’s Song
A Poison Tree
Preface to Milton
The Sick Rose
The Tyger

Blunden, Edmund
The Hedgehog killed on the Road
The Shadow

Boland, Eavan

Bowie, David
Memory of a Free Festival

Brecht, Bertolt
Pirate Jenny

Breeze, Jean ‘Binta’

Brontë, Charlotte
From “We wove a web in childhood”

Brontë, Emily
The night is darkening round me
The Old Stoic
There was a time

Brooke, Rupert
A Channel Passage
The One before the Last
Song (The way of love was thus)

Brooks, Gwendolyn
The Bean Eaters
The Children of the Poor
The Crazy Woman
kitchenette building
the sonnet-ballad
Spaulding and François
the vacant lot
We Real Cool

Brown, George Mackay

Browning, Robert
From “Andrea del Sarto”
From “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”
From “House”
Summum Bonum

Bruce, Jack

Brutus, Dennis
Fry’s still sell chocolate
I am the tree
I must conjure from my past
Train Journey

Bukowski, Charles
8 count
so now?

Bunyan, John
From “The Author’s Apology”
The Pilgrim Song

Burns, Robert
Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation
From “To a Louse, On Seeing one on a Lady’s Bonnet at Church”

Burnside, John

Burton, Robert
From “The Authors Abstract of Melancholy”

Byron, Lord
She walks in beauty
You drink all night


Campbell, David
Mothers and Daughters

Campbell, Roy
Washing Day

Carroll, Lewis
How doth the little crocodile
From “The Hunting of the Snark”
You are old, Father William

Lesbia from Catullus – Jul. 18th 1736
Odorous: To Rufus

Causley, Charles
Eden Rock
I am the song

Cave, Jane
Written a few Hours before the Birth of a Child

Cavendish, Margaret
Of Many Worlds in this World

Cavafy, CP
As Much As You Can
Come Back
An Old Man
One Night

Chapman, George
From “The Odyssey”

Chaucer, Geoffrey
Chaucers Wordes unto Adam, His Owne Scriveyn
The Complaint of Chaucer to his Purse
Here bygynneth the Book of the Tales of Caunterbury
Lak of Stedfastnesse
Madame, for your newefangelnesse
From “Troilus and Criseyde”

Chesterton, GK
A Ballade of Suicide
The Donkey
The Fat Lady Answers

Chingonyi, Kayo
Family Portrait
For those orphaned late in life
interior w/ ceiling fan

Clare, John
All Nature Has a Feeling
I Am

Clarke, Austin
Penal Law

Clothier, Cal
After Reading “Moby Dick”

Clough, Arthur Hugh
The Latest Decalogue
Say not, the struggle nought availeth

Cluysenaar, Anne

Cohen, Leonard
Antique Song
Everybody Knows
First we take Manhattan
Go Little Book
I pray for courage
Moving On
No time to change

Coleridge, Hartley
Long Time a Child
On Wordsworth

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
On Donne’s Poetry
From “Fears in Solitude”
A Fragment Found in a Lecture-Room
From “Frost at Midnight”
From “Kubla Khan”
From “The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere”

Collins, Billy
Introduction to Poetry
Sleeping on My Side
Sonnet (All we need is fourteen lines)

Conquest, Robert

Cope, Wendy
Lonely Hearts
Sporty People
Strugnell’s Haiku

Corbet, Richard
Farewell Rewards and Faeries

Cornford, Frances
To a Fat Lady seen from the Train

Noel Coward
The Stately Homes of England

Cowley, Abraham
The Danger of Procrastination

Crane, Stephen
In the desert

Crosland, TWH
The Man in the Street

cummings, e.e.
Buffalo Bill’s
in Just-
in spite of everything
love is more thicker than forget
mr youse needn’t be so spry
since feeling is first

Curnow, Allen
Wild Iron

Curtis, SEG


Daniel, John
My Wife Who is American

Davies, Idris
Gwalia Deserta XV

Davies, John of Hereford
If there were, oh! an Hellespont of cream

Davies, WH
The Villain

Davys, Mary
From “The Modern Poet”

Day Lewis, Cecil
Come live with me and be my Love

Defoe, Daniel
Reformation of Manners

Dekker, Thomas
The Happy Heart

Denham, Sir John
Sarpedon’s Speech to Glaucus

Denny, Sandy
Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

de la Mare, Walter
All That’s Past
But, Oh, My Dear
The Listeners

de Vere, Edward, Earl of Oxford
Weare I a Kinge

Dibdin, Charles
A Popular Functionary

Dickinson, Emily
Good Morning Midnight
I Died for Beauty
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
There’s a certain Slant of light

Donne, John
The Apparition
At the round earth’s imagin’d corners, blow
Breake of Day
Death be not proud
The Flea
The Funerall
The Good-Morrow
A Hymne to God the Father
Loves Usury
A Nocturnall upon S. Lucies Day
Song (Goe and catche a falling starre)
Song (Sweetest love, I do not goe)
Sonnet (Thou hast made me, And shall thy worke decay?)
The Sunne Rising
The triple Foole
Twicknam Garden
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
Womans Constancy

Dowland, John
Weep you no more sad fountains

Drake, Nick
Saturday Morning (at the Cable Café)
Self-Portrait as a Moose
Through the Red Light

Drayton, Michael
Since there’s no help
To nothing fitter
To the Critic

Drinkwater, John

Moonlit Apples

Dryden, John
From Ode 29 (Horace)
Written in 1700

Dubois, Lady Dorothea

Duffy, Carol Ann
Clerk of Hearts
December 23rd
How Death Comes
In the Drowned Bookshop
Swearing In

Duhig, Ian
Traditional Irish Charm

Dunn, Douglas
Glasgow Schoolboys, Running Backwards
Old Things
Portrait Photograph, 1915
A Removal from Terry Street
Watches of Grandfathers

Durrell, Lawrence
On Ithaca Standing

Dyer, Sir Edward
The lowest Trees have tops

Dylan, Bob
All Along the Watchtower
The times they are a-changin’

Dyment, Clifford


Eliot, TS
Aunt Helen
From “Burnt Norton” (Time present and time past)
From “Burnt Norton” (Garlic and sapphires in the mud)
From “Gerontion”
From “The Hollow Men”
Journey of the Magi
Lines for an Old Man
From “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
Morning at the Window
From “The Naming of Cats”
Prelude (The winter evening settles down)
Prelude (His soul stretched tight across the skies)
From “The Waste Land” (April is the cruellest month)
From “The Waste Land” (Phlebas the Phoenician)
From “The Waste Land” (Unreal city)
From “The Waste Land” (When lovely woman)

Elliot, Alistair
One or Two Goodbyes

Elliot, Jane
The Flowers of the Forest

Elizabeth I
Importune me no more

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Enright, DJ
Broken Fingernails
Hands Off, Foreign Devil
Poet Wondering What He Is Up To
The Pictures
The Professor Reminisces
Three Girls
Whatever Sex Was


Ewart, Gavin


Farish, Helen
The dog itself

Feaver, Vicki
Home is Here, Now
The Larder

Feinstein, Elaine
A Visit

Fenton, James
Blood and Lead

Flecker, James Elroy
Tenebris Interlucentem
To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence

Frame, Janet
The Dead

Frost, Robert
Acquainted with the Night
Fire and Ice
Now Close the Windows
A Patch of Old Snow
The Road Not Taken
The Sound of the Trees
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Fuller, John
White Queen

Fuller, Roy
From the Joke Shop


Gaiman, Neil
What You Need to be Warm

Gay, John
From “The Beggar’s Opera”

Gibson, Wilfrid

Henry Turnbull

Gifford, Humfrey
A Delectable Dream

Gilbert, WS
The Policeman’s Lot
A wandering minstrel I
When all night long

Gilmore, Mary

Glück, Louise
Grandmother in the Garden

Gogarty, Oliver St. John

Goldberg, Lea
Toward Myself

Goldsmith, Oliver

Gower, John
From “Confessio Amantis”
From verses addressed to Henry IV

Grahame, Kenneth
Toad’s Song

Graves, Robert
The Bards
The Cool Web
Down, wanton, down!
At First Sight
Flying Crooked
A Former Attachment
Intercession in Late October
A Last Poem
Like Snow
Love Without Hope
Lovers in Winter
The Narrow Sea
On Dwelling
The Reader Over My Shoulder
She Tells Her Love While Half Asleep
The Twin of Sleep

Gray, Thomas
From “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”
Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes

Gray, Victor
All the world’s a stage

Greville, Fulke, Lord Brooke
Sonnet 84

Grigson, Geoffrey
The Corner

Groves, Paul

Gunn, Thom
Baby Song
Street Song
The Wheel of Fortune


All things born to break
Boy, bring the cup, and circulate the wine
I sought the tavern at the break of day
Knowing love’s ocean is a shoreless sea

Hall, Donald
Death Work
The Poem
The Repeated Shapes
Summer Kitchen
The Things
White Apples

Handy, WC
Saint Louis Blues

Hardy, Thomas
At Day-Close in November
Christmas: 1924
A Church Romance
The Darkling Thrush
Drummer Hodge
The Garden Seat
I look into my glass
In Time of “The Breaking of Nations”
The Man He Killed
Paying Calls
The Ruined Maid
The Self-unseeing
Thoughts from Sophocles
A Thunderstorm in Town
When I Set Out for Lyonnesse
The Voice
Where The Picnic Was

Harington, Sir John
Of a Poynted Diamond given by the Author to his Wife, at the Birth of his Eldest Son

Harsent, David
The Rag Doll to the Heedless Child

Hatton, Richard
From “Ovids Walnut-Tree transplanted”

Hayden, Robert
Those Winter Sundays

Heaney, Seamus
An August Night
The Errand
Grendel Strikes
‘Had I not been awake’
In Time
Mid-Term Break
Sloe Gin
The Strand
Sweeney’s Last Poem
Wordsworth’s Skates

Heath-Stubbs, John
A Charm Against the Toothache
Apologia of a Plastic Gnome
Moving to Winter
The Pearl
To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence
What Are Their Poems Made Of?
Wishes for the Months

Hemingway, Ernest
Chapter Heading

Henley, WE

Henri, Adrian
Love is…
Song for a Beautiful Girl Petrol-Pump Attendant on the Motorway

Herbert, George
Easter Wings

Herrick, Robert
Bad Princes pill their People
Delight in Disorder
His request to Julia
His wish to privacie
Love kill’d by Lack
Lyrick for Legacies
No Lock Against Letcherie
Not every day fit for Verse
Once poore, still penurious
Posting to Printing
Upon Bunce. Epig.
Upon Julia’s Clothes
To the Virgins, to make much of Time

Heywood, John
Of turnyng

Heywood, Thomas
From “An Apology for Actors”

Higgins, FR
Song for the Clatter-Bones

Hill, Geoffrey
Epiphany at Saint Mary and All Saints
From “Funeral Music” (My little son)
From “Funeral Music” (Not as we are)
Old Poet with Distant Admirers
From “The Triumph of Love”

Hodgkinson, Amanda
On Seeing his Narrowboat for the First Time

Hofmann, Michael
Point of No Return

Holcroft, Thomas
Fool’s Song

Holiday, Billie
God Bless the Child

Hollinghurst, Alan
Convalescence in Lower Largo

From “The Odyssey”
Sarpedon’s Speech to Glaucus

Hooker, Jeremy
Short Thin Poem for Alfie

Hooton, Harry
In the midst

Hope, AD
Paradise Saved
Prometheus Unchained

Hopkins, Gerard Manley
As Kingfishers Catch Fire
Binsey Poplars
Duns Scotus’s Oxford
No Worst, there is None
Pied beauty
Unfinished Poem
The Windhover

From Ode 29 (trans. Dryden)

Horwell, VC
Salute to Marvell

Housman, AE
Crossing Alone
Her strong enchantments failing
Into My Heart an Air that Kills
Now hollow fires burn out to black
Oh, When I was in Love with You
Say, lad, have you things to do?
The sloe was lost in flower
When I was one-and-twenty
With rue my heart is laden

Howe, Sarah
rain, n.
That from a long way off look like flies
To all Laments and Purposes

Hughes, Langston
Ballad of the Pawnbroker
Blues at Dawn
Postcard from Spain

Hughes, Ted
October Dawn

Hugo, Victor
Demain, dès l’aube…

Hunt, Leigh
Jenny kiss’d Me


Ingoldsby, Thomas
From “The Hand of Glory”


Jansch, Bert
Fresh as a sweet Sunday morning

Jarrell, Randall
A Lullaby

Jennings, Elizabeth
An Attempt to Charm Sleep
I Feel
A Kind of Catalogue
Never to See
Night Garden of the Asylum
One Flesh
A Weather Spell

Jonson, Ben
Song (Come, my Celia)
From “Cynthia’s Revels”
It is not growing like a tree
The Noble Nature
On My First Son

Joseph, Jenny

Joyce, James
From “Chamber Music” (Because your voice was at my side)
From “Chamber Music” (Lean out of the window)
From “Chamber Music” (Strings in the earth and air)
Ecce Puer
A Flower Given to My Daughter
Gentle lady, do not sing
A Memory of the Players in a Mirror at Midnight


Kavanagh, Patrick
Memory of My Father

Keats, John
From “Endymion”
From “The Eve of St. Agnes”
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Modern Love
From “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
Ode on Melancholy
From “Ode to a Nightingale” (Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird)
From “Ode to a Nightingale” (My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains)
On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer
Sonnet (Bright star)
To Autumn
To Sleep

Kingsolver, Barbara
Dancing with the Devil: Advice for the Female Poet

Kinsella, Thomas
The Guardians
Marginal Economy
Mirror in February

Kipling, Rudyard
The Appeal
Cities and Thrones and Powers
A Dead Statesman
From “The Gods of the Copybook Headings”
Harp Song of the Dane Women
A Pict Song
War Epitaph
War Epitaph: The Refined Man
The Way Through the Woods
When Earth’s last picture is painted

Knightley, Steve
The Hook of Love


Landor, Walter Savage
Her Name

Langland, William
From “Piers Plowman”

Larkin, Philip
Annus Mirabilis
Arrivals, Departures
From “Church Going”
For Sidney Bechet
Home is so Sad
Morning at last: there in the snow
Mother, Summer, I
Party Politics
Talking in Bed
This Be The Verse
Triple Time

Lawrence, DH
Autumn Rain
How Beastly the Bourgeois is
The Mosquito Knows

Lawson, Sarah
Any Hourglass Holds Just So Much Sand
On the Beach
We Are a Committee of Two

Lear, Edward
By Way of Preface

Lee, Laurie
Day of These Days
Home from Abroad
My Many-Coated Man
The Pollard Beech

Le Gallienne, Richard
All Sung

Le Guin, Ursula
The Creation of Éa
To the Rain

Leonard, Tom
Being a Human Being
in hospital
in the beginning was the word
June the Second

Levi, Peter
The Muses
The lads of course arrived too late

Lindsay, Vachel
The Leaden-Eyed

Li Quingzhao
To the tune “As If in a Dream”
To the tune “Boddhisattva Barbarian”
To the tune “Dabbing Crimson Lips”
To the tune “On Top of Phoenix Tower, Recalling Flute Music”
To the tune “The Solitary Wild Goose”
A Song of Departure
To the tune “Telling My Deepest Feelings”

Li-Young Lee
Early in the Morning

Logue, Christopher
Know Thy Enemy

Lorca, Federico García
The Six Strings

Lovelace, Richard
To Althea from Prison
To Lucasta, Going to the Warres

Lowell, Robert

Lydgate, John

Vox ultima Crucis

Lylye, John
Cupid and Campaspe


MacCaig, Norman
Crossing the Border
Gone are the Days

McCartney, Paul
Two of Us

McCrae, Hugh
June Morning

McDonald, Ian
Decorated for a Kiss
My Father’s Prayer Book, Page 44
MacArthur’s Life

McGough, Roger
Another Brick in the Wall
Comeclose and Sleepnow
Let me die a youngman’s death
Light Sleeper
A Serious Poem
From “Summer with Monika”
There are fascists
This is One of Those
Trust Me, I’m a Poet
Word Trap

McIntyre, Colin
Horse Transport

McKay, Claude
The Harlem Dancer

Maclean, Alasdair
The Old Dog

MacNeice, Louis
Every voyage is a death
Flight of the Heart
To Posterity
To the Public
The Sunlight on the Garden

Mahmoud, Emi

Maitre, RA
The Volunteer

Marlowe, Christopher
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
From “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus” (Now hast thou but one bare hour to live)
From “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus” (Was this the face…)

Marquis, Don
the song of mehitabel

Marshall, Archibald
There was a young man from Devizes

The Danger of Procrastination
You drink all night

Marvell, Andrew
The Coronet
To his Coy Mistress
The Mower’s Song
The Nymph complaining for the death of her Faun

Masefield, John
Sea Fever
Trade Winds

Matsuo Basho
New robe
On New Year’s Day
Sudden sun
When the winter chrysanthemums go
Wrapping the rice cakes

Maxwell, Glyn
Seven Things Wrong With The Love Sonnet

Mearns, William Hughes

Melville, Herman
The Maldive Shark

Mercer, Johnny
Blues in the Night

Mew, Charlotte
Not for that City

Middleton, Thomas
The Golden Age

Milligan, Spike
English Teeth, English Teeth!
A Silly Poem
The Soldiers at Lauro

Milne, AA
From “King John’s Christmas”

Milton, John
From “Il Penseroso”
From “Lycidas”
On Shakespeare
On Time
On the University Carrier
From “Paradise Lost” (They looking back, all th’ eastern side beheld)
From “Paradise Lost” (Nine times the Space that measures Day and Night
From “Paradise Lost” (Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit)
From “Samson Agonistes”
Sonnet (I did but prompt the age)
Sonnet (On His Blindness)

Mitchell, Joni
The Fiddle and the Drum
Tin Angel

Moore, Thomas
The Minstrel Boy

Moreton, Arabella
The Humble Wish

Morgan, Edwin
The Loch Ness Monster’s Song

Morris, William
From “Verses for Pictures”

Morrison, Blake
Theory of Heredity

Motion, Andrew
Sitting Out

Muir, Edwin

Muldoon, Paul
It Is What It Is
The Mixed Marriage
The Sonogram
Why Brownlee Left


Nash, Ogden
The Cow
The Germ

Nelson, Willie
Time of the Preacher

Neruda, Pablo
Brown and agile child
This broken bell

Newman, Randy
I think it’s gonna rain today

Nichols, Grace
Like a Beacon

Niemöller, Martin
First they came


O’Brien, Sean
An Assignation

O’Donoghue, Bernard

Oden, James Burke “St. Louis Jimmy”
Goin’ Down Slow

Ogilby, John
Battle (Homer)

Oliver, Mary

Ormerod, VR
There was a young student called Fred

Oswald, Alice
From “Tithonus”

From “Ovids Walnut-Tree transplanted”

Owen, Wilfred
Anthem for Doomed Youth
Maundy Thursday
Shadwell Stair
Song of Songs


Pack, Robert
The Monster Who Loved The Hero

Parker, Dorothy
The Flaw in Paganism
One Perfect Rose

Pasternak, Boris
The Wind

Paterson, Banjo
Waltzing Matilda

Patten, Brian
After Frost
The Bee’s Last Journey to the Rose
Inessential Things
The Second Dove
You missed the sunflowers at their height

Peake, Mervyn
The Consumptive, Belsen 1945
The vastest things are those we may not learn

Peele, George

Peskett, William
simile: you are

Pitter, Ruth
But for Lust

Plath, Sylvia
Heavy Women
The Hermit at Outermost House

Poe, Edgar Allan
From “The Raven”

Pope, Alexander
Epigram from the French
From “Essay on Man”
Imitation of Chaucer
Intended for Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey
On Certain Ladies
On Mrs Tofts
From “The Rape of the Lock”

Pound, Ezra
And the days are not full enough
The Lake Isle

Powell, Enoch
The Net

Price, Alan
Poor People

Pushkin, Aleksandr
The Little Bird


Raine, Kathleen
Story’s End
Worry About Money

Raleigh, Sir Walter
The Lover’s Maze
The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd
Sir Walter Raleigh to His Son

Redgrove, Peter
Serious Readers

Reed, Henry
Chard Whitlow
Naming of Parts

Reeves, James
Leaving Town
Once and Now
Spicer’s Instant Poetry
The Travellers

Reid, Christopher
The Coin
Go, Little Book

Robinson, Mary
From “London’s Summer Morning”

Rosenberg, Isaac
Break of Day in the Trenches
The Immortals

Rossetti, Christina
Passing and Glassing

Rostand, Edmond
From “Cyrano de Bergerac”

Ron Rubin
There was a trombonist called Herb


Sackville-West, Victoria
Full Moon

Fragment (I tell you)
Fragment (Pain penetrates)
Fragment (People do gossip)
Fragment (We put the urn aboard ship)
Fragment (When they were tired)
Come here to me from Crete
He’s Equal with the Gods
Love Shook My Heart
Rich as you are
Some say horsemen, some say warriors
Tonight I’ve watched

Sassoon, Siegfried
An Emblem
Everyone Sang
The Facts
The Kiss
When I’m among a blaze of lights

Sastry, Tom
The importance of not listening (1)
The importance of not listening (2)
The importance of not listening (3)

Scott, Sir Walter
Proud Maisie

Seeger, Pete
Turn, Turn, Turn

Shakespeare, William
All the world’s a stage
Ariel’s Song
Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
Double, double toil and trouble
Fear no more the heat o’ the sun
Give me my robe, put on my crown
If I profane with my unworthiest hand
If we shadows have offended
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows
It was a lover and his lass
Let us sit upon the ground
Now my charms are all o’erthrown
O Mistress Mine
Prologue (Two households, both alike in dignity)
Queen Mab
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more
Sonnet (Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame)
Sonnet (In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes)
Sonnet (My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun)
Sonnet (No longer mourn for me when I am dead)
Sonnet (Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?)
Sonnet (Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea)
Sonnet (Those lips that Love’s own hand did make)
Sonnet (Two loves I have, of comfort and despair)
Sonnet (Why is my verse so barren of new pride)
Take, oh take those lips away
Tell me where is Fancy bred
There’s Rosemary
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow
Under the greenwood tree
When icicles hang by the wall
When that I Was and a Little Tiny Boy
Where the bee sucks, there suck I
Who is Silvia?
You’ll Put Down Strangers

Schaufeld, Avram
Do Not Ask

Shelley, Percy Bysshe
England in 1819
An Exhortation
A Lament
From “Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things”

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

Shipman, Thomas
The Resolute Courtier

Shirley, James
The glories of our blood and state

Sidney, Sir Philip
My true love hath my heart and I have his
Sonnet (Because I breathe not love to every one)
Sonnet (I might, unhappy word, (woe me) I might)
Sonnet (O grammar-rules, O now your virtues show

Sidney, Robert
Sonnet (Absence, I cannot say thou hid’st my light)

Sitwell, Edith
The King of China’s Daughter

Skelton, John
From “The Bowge of Court”
To Mistress Margery Wentworth

Smart, Christopher
Where’s the Poker?

Smart, Rev. Richard
The borys hede that we bryng here

Smith, Mamie
Crazy Blues

Smith, Stevie
Man is a Spirit
Not Waving But Drowning
She Said…
From “Thoughts about the Person from Porlock”

Thoughts from Sophocles

Spender, Stephen
In railway halls
Not to You
Souvenir de Londres
To my Daughter

Spenser, Edmund
From “Prothalamion”
Penelope for her Ulisses sake
Sonnet (Sweet warriour when shall I haue peace with you?)

Spooner, Lawrence
From “A Looking-Glass for Smokers”

Stevens, Wallace
The Emperor of Ice-Cream

Stevenson, Anne
By the Boat House, Oxford
Small Philosophical Poem

Stevenson, Robert Louis
Bright is the Ring of Words

Suckling, Sir John
Why so pale and wan fond lover?

Swift, Jonathan
Advice to the Grub Street Verse-Writers
A Description of the Morning
In Church Your Grandsire Cut His Throat
From “The Lady’s Dressing-Room”
Lesbia from Catullus – Jul. 18th 1736
From “A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General”

Symons, Arthur
The Pale Woman

Szirtes, George


Tagore, Rabindranath
Crossing 16

Tawney, Cyril
Sally Free and Easy

Teasdale, Sara
The Look
There will come soft rains

Teft, Elizabeth
On Viewing Herself in a Glass

Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Go by
From “Idylls of the King”
From “In Memoriam”
The Kraken
From “The Lady of Shalott”
Literary Squabbles
Ring out, wild bells

Thackray, Jake
The Last Will and Testament of Jake Thackray

Thomas, Dylan
And death shall have no dominion
Do not go gentle into that good night
Especially when the October wind
From “Fern Hill”
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
I have longed to move away
In my craft or sullen art
On a Wedding Anniversary
This bread I break
From “Under Milk Wood” (To begin at the beginning)
From “Under Milk Wood” (Chimney sweep song)
From “Under Milk Wood” (Polly Garter’s Song)
Was there a time

Thomas, Edward
First known when lost
From “Roads”
Tall Nettles
There was a time

Thomas, RS
A Blackbird Singing
Children’s Song
The Cure
The Face
The One Furrow
Song at the Year’s Turning

Thoreau, Henry David
I was made erect and lone

Thribb, E. Jarvis
Lines on the 80th Birthday of Fred Astaire

Tichborne, Chidiock
My prime of youth is but a froste of cares

Tiller, Terence
The Fool in “Lear”

Titheradge, Peter
New Improved Sonnet XVIII
Teatime Variations (AE Housman)
Teatime Variations (Herrick)

Townshend, Aurelian
Upon kinde and true Love

Treece, Henry
A Thief to His Lord


Underwood, Jack
Big Shout Out

W—, Miss
The Gentleman’s Study, In Answer to The Lady’s Dressing-Room”

Wain, John
Apology for Understatement
The Bad Thing
Outside, gulls squabbled in the empty street
Patriotic Poem
Poem Without a Main Verb
Sonnet (An animal with a heart)

Walcott, Derek
Love after Love

Walker, Ted
Ancient Winter
Between Acts
Terrains Vagues
Villanelle (I would wish to die in some other place)
Under the pier

Waller, Edmund
Of the last Verses in the Book

Warner, Sylvia Townsend
From “Boxwood” (All in a night, remote)
From “Boxwood” (If I had turned aside)

Watts, Isaac
Against Idleness and Mischief

Webster, John
Call for the robin-redbreast and the wren
From “The Devil’s Law Case”

Whistler, Laurence
A Form of Epitaph
Life is a Rembrandt
A Passing Likeness

Whitman, Walt
The Beasts

Wilde, Oscar
Sonnet to Liberty
Theocritus: A Villanelle

Williams, Hugo
Heroes of the Sub-Plot
Lights Out
Once More with Feeling
Open Window
Saturday Morning
Till Soon

Williams, William Carlos
Raleigh was right
The Red Wheelbarrow
This Is Just to Say

Willis, Wallace
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Wilmer, Clive
The Goldsmith

Wonder, Stevie
Big Brother

“Woodbine Willie”

Wordsworth, William
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
From “Intimations of Immortality” (There was a time…)
London, 1802
From “The Prelude” (In those wanderings deeply did I feel)
From “The Prelude” (And in the frosty season)
From “The Prelude” (Of College labours)
To a Skylark
A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
Surprised by Joy
The world is too much with us

Woodford, Anna
In Passing

Wright, James
Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota

Wright, Judith

Wright, Kit
Here Come Two Very Old Men
Victorian Family Photograph

Wroth, Lady Mary
From “A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love”

Wyatt, Sir Thomas
Of the Folly of Loving when the Season of Love is past
They Flee from Me


Yeats, WB
After Long Silence
The Black Tower
The Circus Animals’ Desertion
A Coat
The Cold Heaven
Crazy Jane on God
Down by the Salley Gardens
The Fisherman
Gratitude to the Unknown Instructors
The Great Day
He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
High Talk
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Leda and the Swan
Long-Legged Fly
The Old Stone Cross
Sailing to Byzantium
The Second Coming
The Scholars
The Song of Wandering Aengus
The Spur
Sweet Dancer
To a Child Dancing in the Wind
To a Young Girl
From “Under Ben Bulben” (Under bare Ben Bulben’s head)
From “Under Ben Bulben” (Irish poets learn your trade)
Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad?

Young, Andrew
The Shepherd’s Hut