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Abou Ben Adhem (may His Tribe Increase)...
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And, Lo! Ben Adhem's Name Led All the Rest!
Abou Ben Adhem by Leigh Hunt
All the World's a Stage...
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Sans Teeth, Sans Eyes, Sans Taste, Sans Everything.
Seven Ages Of Man by William Shakespeare
Although It is Not Yet Evening, the Secretaries Have Changed Their Frocks...
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There is the Persistence of Song.
The Persistence of Song by Howard Moss
And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time...
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In England's Green and Pleasant Land.
Jerusalem by William Blake
And Some Time Make the Time to Drive out West Into County Clare
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And Catch the Heart off Guard and Blow It Open
Postscript by Seamus Heaney
And then Went Down to the Ship, Set Keel to Breakers...
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Bearing the Golden Bough of Argicidia. So That:
Canto I by Ezra Pound
At Dawn a Knot of Sea-lions Lies off the Shore in the Slow Swell Between the Rock and the Cliff...
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Besides the Slow Oxidation of Carbohydrates and Amino-acids.
Animals by Robinson Jeffers
At Midnight, when the Moonlit Cypress Trees...
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With Visions of the Sunny Earth and Sea.
For the Anniversary of John Keats' Death by Sara Teasdale
A Bat is Born Named and Blind and Pale…
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All the Bright Day, As the Mother Sleeps, She Folds Her Wings About Her Sleeping Child.
Bats by Randall Jarrell
Bent Double, Like Old Beggars Under Sacks...
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Pro Patria Mori.
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind, Thou Art Not So Unkind...
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This Life is Most Jolly.
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind by Shakespeare
A Bunch of the Boys Were Whooping It up in the Malamute Saloon...
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The Woman That Kissed Him and
Pinched his poke--was the lady known as Lou. -- The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Servoce
By the Old Moulmein Pagoda, Lookin' Eastward to the Sea.
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And the Dawn Comes up Like Thunder Outer China Crost the Bay
Mandalay by Rudyard Kipling
By the Shores of Gitchee Gumee,
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Called Them "Hiawatha's Brothers."
Hiawatha's Childhood by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Clack Your Beaks You Cormorants and Kittiwakes…
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Send up the Strict Articulation of Your Throats, and Say His Name.
A Canticle to the Waterbirds by William Everson
Courage!" He Said, and Pointed Toward the Land...
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Is Far Beyond the Wave; We Will No Longer Roam
The Lotus-Eaters by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Curfew Tolls the Knell of Parting Day...
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The Bosom of His Father and His God.
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray
The Elephant Bogged Down Thousands of Years Ago, the Fragmentary Tusk Now in a Glass Case
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Frightened They Close the Glass Case over Themselves & Their Lovers for Thousands of Years
Song of the Tusk by Anselm Hollo
Escape Me? Never Beloved!
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Life in a Love by Robert Browning
Even the Sun-clouds This Morning Cannot Manage Such Skirts…
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In a Forest of Frost, in a Dawn of Cornflowers.
Poppies in October by Sylvia Plath
For I Can Snore Like a Bullhorn or Play Loud Music...
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This Blessing Love Gives Again Into Our Arms
After Making Love We Hear Footsteps by Galway Kinnell
A Free Bird Leaps on the Back of the Wind and Floats Downstream
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For the Caged Bird Sings of Freedom.
I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou
Gaunt in Gloom, The Pale Stars Their Torches, Enshrouded, Wave.
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Voidward from the Adoring Waste of Souls.
Nightpiece by James Joyce
God. Spell Dawns Drained of All Light.
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Across the Stuttering Mouths of Those Seeds'against the Sob of My Tongue.
A Frost Lay White on California by Willian Everson
Half a League, Half a League, Half a League Onward...
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Honour the Light Brigade, Noble Six Hundred!
The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson
He Climbs to the Top of One of Those Million White Pines...
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Only the Pine Tops Can See Sits in the Dry Gray Wood of His Rowboat, Waiting for Pickerel
Fergus Falling by Galway Kinnell
Hello! I Am One of Your Molecules! I Started out from Crab Nebula
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Message by Anselm Hollo
He Was Found by the Bureau of Statistics to Be One Against Whom There Was No Official Complaint,
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Had Anything Been Wrong, We Should Certainly Have Heard.
The Unknown Citizen by W. H. Auden
Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat...
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Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.
Chicago by Carl Sandburg
How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.
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I Shall but Love Thee Better After Death.
How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How Many Nights Hive I Lain in Terror….
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And Above Me a Wild Crow Crying 'yaw Yaw Yaw' from a Branch Nothing Cried from Ever in My Life
How Many Nights by Galway Kinnell
I Am Not Resigned to the Shutting Away of Loving Hearts in the Hard Ground.
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But I Do Not Approve. And I Am Not Resigned.
Dirge Without Music by Edna St Vincent Millay
I Arise from Dreams of Thee in the First Sweet Sleep of Night
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Oh Press It Close to Thine Again, Where It Will Break at Last!
Indian Serenade by Percy Bysshe Shelley
I Climb the Black Rock Mountain Stepping from Day to Day Silently.
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The Memory Spilling out Into the World.
Where Mountain Lion Lay Down With Deer by Leslie Marmon Silko
If I Should Die, Think Only This of Me:
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In Hearts at Peace, Under an English Heaven.
The Soldier by Rupert Brooke
I Found This Jawbone by the Sea's Edge.
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But Gripped, Gripped and is Now a Cenotaph.
Relic by Ted Hughes
If You Can Keep Your Head when All About You Are Losing Theirs...
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And - Which is More - You'll Be a Man My Son!
If by Rudyard Kipling
If You Don't Know the Kind of Person I Am
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The Signals We Give - Yes or No, or Maybe - Should Be Clear: the Darkness Around Us is Deep.
A Ritual To Read To Each Other by William Stafford
I Have Eaten the Plums That Were in the Icebox
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Forgive Me They Were Delicious So Sweet and So Cold
This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams
I Lie on My Back at Midnight Hearing the Marvelous Strange Chime of the Clocks...
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Finnegans Wake & Visions of Neal
Daydreams for Ginsberg by Jack Kerouac
I Love a Sunburnt Country a Land of Sweeping Plains…
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My Homing Thoughts Will Fly.
I love a Sunburnt Country by Dorothea Mackellar
I Met a Traveller from an Antique Land
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...The Lone and Level Sands Stretch Far Away.
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
I'm Lyin' on the Barren Ground That's Baked and Cracked With Drought...
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A-wearin' out Yer Heart 'n Soul in the Wastin' of Yer Life.
Knocked Up by Henry Lawson
In the Evening the Dusk Stipples With Lights
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Insatiable, Stun Themselves in the Sea.
The Poet Is Dead by William Everson
In Late September Many Voices Tell You You Will Die.
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Let's Go Get It.
Why We Don't Die by Robert Bly
In That November off Tehuantepec,The Slopping of the Sea Grew Still One Night...
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Came Fresh Transfigurings of Freshest Blue.
Sea Surface Full of Clouds by Wallace Stevens
In Xanadu Did Kubla Khan A Stately Pleasure-dome Decree.
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And Drunk the Milk of Paradise.
Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I Saw the Best Minds of My Generation Destroyed by Madness…
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To the Door of My Cottage in the Western Night
Howl by Allen Ginsberg
I Sing of Olaf Glad and Big Whose Warmest Heart Recoiled at War:
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More Brave Than Me: More Blond Than You.
I Sing of Olaf Glad and Big by E. E. Cummings
'Is There Anybody There?' Said the Traveller...
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When the Plunging Hoofs Were Gone.
The Listeners by Walter De La Mare
It is Portentous, and a Thing of State That Here at Midnight, in Our Little Town...
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That He May Sleep Upon His Hill Again?
Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay
It Little Profits That an Idle King, By This Still Hearth...
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To Strive, to Seek, to Find, and Not to Yield.
Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson
It Was Fifty Years Ago, In the Pleasant Month of May...
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And My Boy Does Not Return!
The Fiftieth Birthday of Agassiz by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It Was Many and Many a Year Ago, In a Kingdom by the Sea...
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In Her Tomb by the Sounding Sea.
Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
It Was the Schooner Hesperus, That Sailed the Wintry Sea…
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On the Reef of Norman's Woe!
The Wreck of the Hesperus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud...
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And then My Heart With Pleasure Fills, and Dances With the Daffodils
Daffodils by William Wordsworth
I Want You to Know One Thing.
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...and As Long As You Live It Will Be in Your Arms Without Leaving Mine
If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda
I Went Down to the River, I Set Down on the Bank.
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Life is Fine! Fine As Wine! Life is Fine!
Life Is Fine by Langston Hughes
I Will Teach You My Townspeople How to Perform a Funeral
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I Think You Are Ready.
Tract by William Carlos Williams
Just off the Highway to Rochester, Minnesota...
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Suddenly I Realize That if I Stepped out of My Body I Would Break Into Blossom.
A Blessing by James Wright
Laugh and the World Laughs With You, Weep and You Weep Alone.
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But One by One We Must All File on Through the Narrow Aisles of Pain.
Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Let Me Tell You, the Captain Knew Exactly What He Would Do
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That is Where We Leave Him to Go on Hurtling Through the Geat Warp & at Our Own Ineffable Goals
Old Space Cadet Speaking by Anselm Hollo
Let Those Who Are in Favour With Their Stars of Public Honour…
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Where I May Not Remove nor Be Removed.
Sonnett XXV by William Shakespeare
Let Us Go Then, You and I, when the Evening is Spread out Against the Sky
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Till Human Voices Wake Us, and We Drown.
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot
Little Poppies, Little Hell Flames, Do You Do No Harm?
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But Colorless. Colorless.
Poppies in July by Sylvia Plath
Madame, for You're Newefangelnesse...
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In Stede of Blew, Thus May Ye Were Al Greene.
Against Women Unconstant by Geoffrey Chaucer
My Head and Shoulders, and My Book In the Cool Shade…
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Of Pale Cold Light That Was Alive.
The Signature of All Things by Kenneth Rexroth
My Heart Aches, and a Drowsy Numbness Pains My Sense, As Though of Hemlock I Had Drunk,
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Was It a Vision, or a Waking Dream? Fled is That Music: - Do I Wake or Sleep?
Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats
My Long Two-pointed Ladder's Sticking Through a Tree...
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Or Just Some Human Sleep.
After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost
My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun;
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And Yet, by Heaven, I Think My Love As Rare As Any She Belied With False Compare.
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130) by William Shakespeare
O Captain! My Captain! Our Fearful Trip is Done;
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But I, With Mournful Tread, Walk the Deck My Captain Lies, Fallen Cold and Dead.
O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
Often I Think of the Beautiful Town That is Seated by the Sea;
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A Boy's Will is the Wind's Will, and the Thoughts of Youth Are Long, Long Thoughts
My Lost Youth by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose…
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And I Will Come Again, My Luve, Tho' It Ware Ten Thousand Mile
A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
Once Upon a Midnight Dreary...
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And My Soul from out That Shadow That Lies Floating on the Floor Shall Be Lifted - Nevermore!
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
One Christmas Was So Muchlike Another
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I Got Into Bed. I Said Some Words to the Close and Holy Darkness, then I Slept.
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
Our Canoe Idles in the Idling Current of the Tree...
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And the Thieving Moments Fuse and Disappear in Our Mortal, Timeless Flesh
Floating by Kenneth Rexroth
The Preacher's Coagulated Rhetoric Evaporates in His Teeth, Unretainable
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Where the Vulva and the Cod, Clutched in the Blood's Devouring Paroxysm, Beat Back Death
Missa Defunctorum by William Everson
Pretty Women Wonder Where My Secret Lies.
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Phenomenal Woman, That's Me.
Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
Romance, Who Loves to Nod and Sing With Drowsy Head and Folded Wing
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My Heart Would Feel to Be a Crime Unless It Trembled With the Strings.
Romance by Edgar Allan Poe
The Sea is Calm To-night.The Tide is Full...
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Where Ignorant Armies Clash by Night
Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
The Sensuality of Women at Mass: That Deceptive Complaisance
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A Kind of Awesome Virginal Guile, Brought the Heart of Man and the Hunger of God to Heel
Missa Sanctorum by William Everson
The Skies They Were Ashen and Sober...
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This Ghoul-haunted Woodland of Weir.
Ulalume by Edgar Allan Poe
Something There is That Doesn't Love a Wall,
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He Says Again, 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.'
Mending Wall by Robert Frost
Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond
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Nobody, Not Even the Rain, Has Such Small Hands
Somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond by E. E. Cummings
Take This Kiss Upon the Brow!
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Is All That We See or Seem but a Dream Within a Dream?
A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
There Has to Be a Jail Where Ladies Go...
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And Pluck Each Year Like a White Rose.
There Has To Be a Jail for Ladies by Thomas Merton
Thou Still Unravish'd Bride of Quietness…
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Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty-that is All Ye Know on Earth, and All Ye Need to Know
Ode to a Grecian Urn by John Keats
To Fold the Clothes.
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And Somewhere a Small Girl Standing Next to Her Mother Watching to See How It's Done
I Stop Writing the Poem by Tess Gallagher
To Keep Your Marriage Brimming With Love in the Loving Cup,
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Whenever You’re Wrong, Admit It; Whenever You’re Right, Shut Up.
A Word to Husbands by Ogden Nash
The Tree Has Entered My Hands
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A Child - So High - You Are, and All This is Folly to the World.
A Girl by Ezra Pound
Wake: the Silver Dusk Returning Up the Beach of Darkness Brims,
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Up, Lad: when the Journey's over There'll Be Time Enough to Sleep.
Reveille by A. E. Housman
Wee, Sleekit, Cowrin, Tim'rous Beastie...
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An' Forward, Tho' I Canna See, I Guess An' Fear!
To A Mouse by Robert Burns
We Have Lost Even This Twilight.
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Always, Always You Recede Through the Evenings Toward Where the Twilight Goes Erasing Statues.
We Have Lost Even by Pablo Neruda
We Real Cool.
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We Die Soon.
We Real Cool by Gwendoline Brooks
What Happens to a Dream Deferred?
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Or Does It Explode?
Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes
What Thoughts I Have of You Tonight, Walt Whitman...
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And Stood Watching the Boat Disappear on the Black Waters of Lethe?
A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg
When April Bends Above Me and Finds Me Fast Asleep,
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Then Tell My Love the Secret That I Have Died to Keep.
I Love You by Sara Teasdale
When Love With Unconfinèd Wings Hovers Within My Gates,
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If I Have Freedom in My Love And in My Soul Am Free Angels Alone, That Soar Above, Enjoy Such Liberty.
To Althea, from Prison by Richard Lovelace
When the Trumpet Sounded, It Was All Prepared on the Earth…
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A Body Rolls, a Thing That Has No Name, a Fallen Cipher, a Cluster of Dead Fruit Thrown Down on the Dump.
The United Fruit Company by Pablo Neruda
Whither, 'midst Falling Dew, While Glow the Heavens With the Last Steps of Day,
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In the Long Way That I Must Tread Alone, Will Lead My Steps Aright.
To a Waterfowl by William Cullen Bryant

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