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Aiken, Conrad:Hatteras Calling
Winter For a Moment Takes the Mind
Allen, Dick:The American Zen Master
Allen, Paula Gunn:Hoop Dance
Allingham, William:Autumnal Sonnet
Irish History
Angelou, Maya:I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
On the Pulse of Morning (The Rock Cries Out to Us)
Still I Rise
Touched By an Angel
Appleman, Philip:Credo
Memo to the Twenty-first Century
O Karma
Arnold, Matthew:Dover Beach
The Future
To Marguerita
Atwood, Margaret:Bored
In the Secular Night
Night Poem
The Rest
Variations on the Word "Sleep"
Auden, W.H.:August 1968
In Memory of W. B. Yeats
Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love
Musée des Beaux Arts
The Novelist
September 1, 1939
The Unknown Citizen
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Barbauld, Anna L.:The Caterpillar
An Inventory of the Furniture in Dr.Priestley's Study
Life! I know not what thou art
Basler, Roy:Exodus
Beddoes, Thomas Lovell:The Last Man
Beers, Henry A.:Biftek aux Champignons
The Dying Pantheist to the Priest
Fly-leaves From Arnold's Latin Prose Composition
Sixpence For a Kiss
What's in a Name?
Belin, Esther:Spirit in Me
Belloc, Hilaire:From: The Bad Child's Book of Beasts
Ballade of the Heresiarchs
Drinking Song: On the Excellence of Burgundy Wine
The Pelagian Drinking Song
Sonnet on Being Rich (Sonnet 34)
Berryman, John:The Ball Poem
The Moon and the Night and the Men
Betjeman, Sir John:Felixstowe, or The Last of Her Order
Inexpensive Progress
In Westminster Abbey
A Subaltern's Love Song
Bierce, Ambrose:Day of Wrath
The Decalogue
The New Decalogue
The Statesmen
Bishop, Elizabeth:At the Fishhouses
The Bight
In the Waiting Room
Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore
Blake, William:Piping Down the Valleys Wild
The Tyger
Boland, Eavan:Mise Éire
The Oral Tradition
Borges, Jorge Luis:Elegy
History of the Night
The Other Tiger
Brooke, Rupert:A Channel Passage
The Life Beyond
The Old Vicarage, Grantchester
The Soldier
The Song of the Pilgrims
Brooks, Gwendolyn :The Ballad of Rudolph Reed
Corners on the Curving Sky
The Sonnet  –  Ballad
A Sunset Of The City
Brown, Sterling:Old Lem
Riverbank Blues
Slim Greer in Hell
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett:The First Time
How Do I Love Thee
If Thou Must Love Me
A Musical Instrument
Browning, Robert:Development
Fears and Scruples
My Last Duchess
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
Bukowski, Charlesdon't come round but if you do...
For Jane
the life of Borodin
Byron, Lord (George Gordon):Darkness
Epitaph for Lord Castlereagh
She Walks in Beauty
So we'll go no more a-roving
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Calverley, Charles Stuart:Changed
Lines on Hearing the Organ
Precious Stones
Campion, Thomas:Amaryllis
The Charm
Now Winter Nights Enlarge
Follow thy fair sun
Carew, Thomas:The Spring
Carroll, Lewis:A Boat, Beneath a Sunny Sky
Father William
How Doth the Little Crocodile
Poeta Fit, Non Nascitur
The Walrus and the Carpenter
The White Knight's Song
Carruth, Hayden:The Afterlife: Letter to Sam Hamill
At 75: Rereading an Old Book
February Morning
On Being Asked to Write a Poem Against the War in
Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey
When I Wrote a Little
Carryl, Guy Wetmore:The Embarrassing Episode of Little Miss Muffet
How a Cat Was Annoyed and a Poet Was Booted
How Jack Made the Giants Uncommonly Sore
The Sycophantic Fox and the Gullible Raven
Cartwright, William: No Platonique Love
Chasin, Helen:Joy Sonnet in a Random Universe
Chaucer, Geoffrey:The Canterbury Tales – General Prologue
Chudleigh, Mary, Lady:To the Ladies
Clampitt, Amy:Beach Glass
Stacking the Straw
The Sun Underfoot Among the Sundews
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne: (See: Mark Twain)
Clifton, Lucille:Admonitions
Good Times
Seeker of Visions
There is a Girl Inside
the thirty eighth year
Clough, Arthur Hugh:The Latest Decalogue
Cohen, Leonard:Gift
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor:Cologne
Collins, Billy:Consolation
Elk River Falls
I Go Back to the House for a Book
Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes
Corrothers, James D:At the Closed Gate of Justice
In the Matter of Two Men
Cowper, William:Clerical Affectation
To The Immortal Memory of the Halibut, On Which
   I Dined This Day, Monday, April 26, 1784
Crane, Stephen:A God in Wrath
I Saw a Man Pursuing the Horizon
I Stood Musing in a Black World
'It Was Wrong to Do This,' Said the Angel
A Man Saw a Ball of Gold
A Newspaper is...
A Slant of sun
The successful man
'Think as I Think,' Said a Man
The trees in the garden
Cullen, Countee:For a Lady I Know
From the Dark Tower
Yet Do I Marvel
E.E. Cummings:If everything happens that can't be done
My sweet old etcetera
Think of it
What if a much of a which of a wind
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David (the King):The Psalms
de la Mare, Walter:"Autumn" & "Winter"
The Fool Rings his Bells
The Listeners
Old Susan
The Song of Shadows
deSouza, Eunice:Marriages are Made
Meeting Poets
Dickinson, Emily:After great pain, a formal feeling comes
As imperceptibly as Grief
Because I could not stop for Death
A Bird came down the Walk
A Cemetery
The First Day's Night Had Come
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
If You Were Coming in the Fall
I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed
It was not Death, for I stood up
Much Madness is Divinest Sense
The Soul has Bandaged moments
The Soul Selects Her Own Society
There Came a Wind like a Bugle
There's a certain slant of Light
Dodd, Wayne:Of His Life
Donne, John:Batter my Heart, three-personed God
The Canonization
Death Be Not Proud
The Flea
I Wonder, By My Troth
The Sun Rising
A Valediction: Forbidden Mourning
Doolittle, Hilda ("H.D."):Helen
Sheltered Garden
Douglas, Norman: From "Some Limericks"
Dove, Rita:The Bistro Styx
Golden Oldie
My Mother Enters the Work Force
Sunday Greens
Uncle Millet
Drayton, Michael:Since There's no Help, Come Let Us Kiss and Part
Dunbar, Paul Laurence:At the Tavern
The Barrier
The Forest Greeting
The Haunted Oak
The Lawyers' Ways
We Wear The Mask
Dunn, Stephen:At the Smithville Methodist Church
Charlotte Brontë in Leeds Point
Choosing to Think of It
The Kiss
The Snowmass Cycle
Durcan, Paul:The Day Kerry Became Dublin
Fernando's Wheelbarrows, Copacabana
Going Home to Mayo, Winter, 1949
Raymond of the Rooftops
Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail
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Eady, Cornelius:Buckwheat's Lament
Fetchin' Bones
Hesitation Blues
I'm a Fool to Love You
Eliot, T.S.:Animula
Gus - The Theatre Cat
La Figlia Che Piange
Journey of the Magi
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Rhapsody on a Windy Night
Emerson, Ralph Waldo:Days
The River
Endrezze, Anita:Song-Maker
This is a Poem About Indians
We Came This Way
Fauset, Jessie Redmon:La Vie C'est la Vie
Noblesse Oblige
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence:Away Above a Harborful
Bird With Two Right Wings
The Changing Light
Constantly Risking Absurdity
Number 20
Sometime During Eternity
Finley, John:The Road to Dieppe
Flecker, James Elroy:The Ballad of Camden Town
I Rose From Dreamless Hours
Oak and Olive
Francis, Matthew: Interior Designers in the Forest
Power Cut
Francisco, Nia:Navajo Inn
Onion and Fried Potatoes
Frost, Robert: Birches
Choose Something Like a Star
A Considerable Speck
Mending Wall
The Road Not Taken
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Gibson, Wilfrid W.:Back
The Messages
Graves, Robert:Down, Wanton, Down!
Love and Black Magic
Warning to Children
Gray, Thomas:On the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Guiterman, Arthur:First Dentistry Was Painless
For All Who Mourn
Ode To The Amoeba
On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness
What One Approves, Another Scorns
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Hardy, Thomas:Afterwards
The Darkling Thrush
Hayden, Robert:Frederick Douglass
Monet's Waterlilies
Night, Death, Mississippi
The Prisoners
Those Winter Sundays
The Whipping
"H.D"(See "Doolittle, Hilda")
Heaney, Seamus:Beowulf (excerpts from his translation)
from "Clearances":
     No.3: When all the others were away at Mass
     No.5: The cool that came off the sheets just off the line
Electric Light
from "Lightenings":
     No.1: Shifting brilliancies. Then winter light
     No.8: The annals say: when the monks of Clonmacnoise
Personal Helicon
Whatever You Say, Say Nothing
Hecht, Anthony:The Dover Bitch: A Criticism of Life
The End of the Weekend
A Hill
Late Afternoon: The Onslaught of Love
A Letter
Lot's Wife
Samuel Sewall
Sarabande on Attaining the Age of Seventy-seven
Third Avenue in Sunlight
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Henley, William Ernest:Barmaid
Where forlorn sunsets flare and fade
Herbert. A.P.:At the Theatre: To the Lady Behind Me
Herrick, Robert:Clothes Do But Cheat and Cozen Us
Delight in Disorder
On Julia's Clothes
To Virgins, To Make Much of Time
Hirshfield, Jane:The Poet
A Story
Hodgson, Ralph:The Mystery
Hogan, Greta:The Indian Problem
Holmes, Oliver Wendell:The Deacon's Masterpiece
The Last Leaf
The Height of the Ridiculous
Old Ironsides
Parody on "A Psalm of Life"
Housman, A.E:The Colour of His Hair
When I Was One-and-Twenty
Yonder see the morning blink
Hughes, Langston:Brass Spittoons
Daybreak in Alabama
Harlem - A Dream Deferred
I, Too, Sing America
Juke Box Love Song
Let America be America again
Hughes, Ted:Chaucer
Crow's Theology
The Harvest Moon
The Thought-Fox
Work and Play
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Iglesias, Holly:Conceptual Art
The Meek in Death Shall Bleed
Swan Boat Gondolier
Thursday Afternoon: Life is Sweet
Isherwood, Christopher:The Common Cormorant
Jeffers, Robinson:Cremation
Johnson, Emily Pauline:Shadow River
When George Was King
Johnson, Georgia Douglas:Autumn
Black Woman
Love Come and Gone
Old Black Men
Johnson, James Weldon:The Black Mammy
The Creation
Father, Father Abraham
Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
Mother Night
O Black and Unknown Bards
To America
The White Witch
Jonson, Ben:Begging Another
Charis: I. His Excuse for Loving
Come, My Celia
Have You Seen But a Bright Lily Grow
Song to Celia
To Shakespeare
Joseph, Jenny:Warning
Joyce, James:The Holy Office
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Keats, John:La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Bright Star
The Human Seasons
Ode on a Grecian Urn
Kinnell, Galway:To Christ Our Lord
Kipling, Rudyard:If
Rebirth, 1914-18
The Smugglers Song
Kunitz, Stanley:End of Summer
The Quarrel
The Round
The Snakes of September
The Testing-Tree
Touch Me
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Lampman, Archibald:A Thunderstorm
Voices of Earth
Larkin, Philip:Aubade
Church Going
I Remember, I Remember
Maiden Name
To Failure
Lawrence, D.H.:The English Are So Nice
Rose of All the World
Lazard, Naomi:Ordinance On Arrival
Lazarus, Emma:The New Colossus
Ledwidge, Francis:June
An Old Pain
The Shadow People
To My Best Friend
Levertov, Denise:Contraband
In Mind
Levy, Newman:Bluebeard
Lindsay, Vachel:Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
An Apology for the Bottle Volcanic
General William Booth Enters Into Heaven
The Knight in Disguise
Springfield Magical
The Wedding of the Rose and the Lotos
Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth:The Jewish Cemetery at Newport
A Psalm of Life
Lowell, Amy:The Allies
A Blockhead
The Dinner Party
La Ronde du Diable
Lowell, Robert:Epilogue
Fall 1961
Waking Early Sunday Morning
Where the Rainbow Ends
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MacKaye, Percy:Christmas: 1915
MacLeish, Archibald:The End of the World
MacNeice, Louis:The Brandy Glass
Prayer Before Birth
Soap Suds
The Sunlight on the Garden
Madgett, Naomi Long:Alabama Centennial
Magee, John Gillespie, Jr.:High Flight
Mare, Walter de la:See de la Mare, Walter
Margetson, George ReginaldEvery Man has got a Hobby
Marlowe, ChristopherThe Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Marquis, Don:aesop revised by archy
archy interviews a pharaoh
pete the parrot and shakespeare
song of mehitabel
Marvell, AndrewTo His Coy Mistress
Masefield, JohnAugust 1914
A Creed
Salt-Water Ballads
The "Wanderer"
Masters, Edgar LeeSpoon River Anthology
Matthews, William:Directions
Lump of Coal
Oh Yes
On the Porch at the Frost Place
Maxwell, Glyn:Deep Sorriness Atonement Song
McCutcheon, John:Christmas in the Trenches
McGinley, Phyllis:A Ballad of Anthologists
The Conquerors
Daniel at Breakfast
Reactionary Essay on Applied Science
McGough, Roger:A Good Poem
The Nearest Forty-two
the most unforgettable character i've ever met gives
     advice to the young poet
McKay, Claude:After the Winter
The Harlem Dancer
Harlem Shadows
If We Must Die
The Lynching
A Prayer
To the White Fiends
The White House
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Merriam, Eve:How To Eat a Poem
Reply to the Question: "How Can You Become a Poet?"
Merrill, James:164 East 72nd Street
Lost in Translation
Poem of Summer's End
Merwin, W.S.:For the Anniversary of My Death
Millay, Edna St.Vincent:Ashes of Life
The Buck in the Snow
Dirge Without Music
God's World
I Shall Forget You
I Will Put Chaos Into Fourteen Lines
Love is not All: It is not Meat nor Drink
On Hearing a Symphony of Beethoven
The Penitent
To Jesus On His Birthday
What Lips My Lips Have Kissed
Milligan, Spike:Feelings
Milosz, Czeslaw:And Yet the Books
Ars Poetica?
Conversation With Jeanne
In Warsaw
The Poor Poet
A Poem for the End of the Century
Song on the End of the World
Study Of Loneliness
Milton, John:On Arriving at the Age of Twenty-Three
On His Blindness
On Shakespeare
Montague, John:A Grafted Tongue
Moore, Marianne:Poetry
Spenser's Ireland
Morgan, Edwin:Cinquevalli
The Loch Ness Monster's Song
The Subway Piranhas
The Unspoken
Morley, Christopher:Caught in the Undertow
The Church of Unbent Knees
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Nash, Ogden:Bankers are Just Like Anybody Else, Except Richer
The Hippopotamus
I Do, I Will, I Have
Peekabo, I Almost See You
Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man
So That's Who I Remind Me Of
To a Small Boy Standing On My Shoes While I am Wearing Them
Nemerov, Howard:Because You Asked about the Line between Prose and Poetry
The Consent
The Dependencies
The Goose Fish
Landscape with Figures
Learning by Doing
Learning the Trees
The Makers
Walking the Dog
The War in the Air
Nichols, Grace:The Body Reclining
Noyes, Alfred:The Barrel-Organ
The Sussex Sailor
The Victory Dance
O'Hara, Frank:The Day Lady Died
Ortiz, Simon:Canyon de Chelly
For Nanao
Grants to Gallup, New Mexico
Starting at the Bottom
Ostriker, Alicia:Everywoman Her Own Theology
Owen, Wilfred:Anthem for Doomed Youth
Dulce et Decorum est
The Parable of the Old Man and the Young
The Send-off
The Sentry
Soldier's Dream
Sonnet – On seeing a Heavy Piece of Artillery brought into Action
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Page, P.K.:After Rain
On Educating the Natives
Parker, Dorothy:A Certain Lady
Epitaph for a Darling Lady
One Perfect Rose
Song of Perfect Propriety
Unfortunate Coincidence
Paterson, A.B."Banjo":Clancy of the Overflow
Patten, Brian:The Armada
A Blade of Grass
Her Song
Inessential Things
The Minister for Exams
The Right Mask
Percy, William Alexander:An Epistle from Corinth
Poppy Fields
Phillips, Stephen:A Dream
The Hush
Plath, Sylvia:Child
The Colossus
I am Vertical
Lady Lazarus
Love Letter
The Moon and the Yew Tree
Soliloquy of the Solipsist
Winter Landscape, With Rocks
Poe, Edgar Allan:Alone
Pope, Alexander:Ode to Solitude
The Riddle of the World
Porter, Peter:Your Attention Please
Pound, Ezra:Ballad of the Goodly Fere
The Garret
Prelutsky, Jack:Bleezer's Ice Cream
Pugh, Sheenagh:The Beautiful Lie
The Movement of Bodies
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Raab, Lawrence:Sudden Appearance of a Monster at a Window
Visiting the Oracle
Raleigh, Walter:The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd
Ramanujan, A.K.:A River
Reed, Henry:Naming of Parts
Roberts, Lynette:Green Madrigal [I]
He alone could get me out of this
Love is an Outlaw
Low Tide
Poem from Llanybri
The Shadow Remains
The Temple Road
Robinson, Edwin Arlington:Dear Friends
Miniver Cheevy
Mr. Flood's Party
Richard Cory
Walt Whitman
Robinson, Mary:The Camp
January 1795
London's Summer Morning
Rooten, Luis d'Antin van:Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames


Sandburg, Carl:Aprons of Silence
At a Window
Between two hills
Fellow Citizens
The Hangman at Home
I sang
Primer Lesson
White shoulders
Santayana, George:On a Volume of Scholastic Philosophy
Sassoon, Siegfried:The Working Party
Saxe, John G.:The Blind Men and the Elephant
Seeger, Alan:Champagne, 1914-15
Up at his Attic Sill
Why Should You Be Astonished
Seth, Vikram:Sit
At Evening
Why, Asks a Friend, Attempt Tetrameter?
Shakespeare, William: When I consider everything that grows
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day
When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced
When in the chronicle of wasted time
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
All the world's a stage(As You Like It)
And thereof came it(Comedy of Errors)
Our revels now are ended(The Tempest)
Now is the winter(Richard III)
To be, or not to be(Hamlet)
Tomorrow, and tomorrow(Macbeth)
What a piece of work(Hamlet)
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Shelley, Percy Bysshe:Love's Philosophy
Sonnet: England in 1819
Shelton, Richard:Desert
Requiem for Sonora
Whatever Became of Me
Sidney, Philip:Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show
Come, Sleep! O Sleep, the certain knot of peace
Thou blind man's mark, thou fool's self chosen snare
Southey, Robert:To A Goose
Spender, Stephen:In Railway Halls, on Pavements Near the Traffic
I think continually of those who were truly great
Stephens, James:The Coolin
The Devil's Bag
The Goat Paths
Righteous Anger
Strict Care, Strict Joy
Stevens, Wallace:Men Made Out Of Words
A Postcard from the Volcano
Sunday Morning
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Still, James:Dance on Pushback
Now Has Day Come
Rain on the Cumberlands
Uncle Ambrose
Wolfpen Creek
Suckling, John:I prithee send me back my heart
Why so Pale and Wan, Fond Lover?
Swift, Jonathan:A Description of the Morning
Synge, John Millington:The Curse
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Tagore, Rabindranath:Fireflies
My Song
On the Nature of Love
Where The Mind is Without Fear
Tapahonso, Luci:Hard to Take
In 1864
Pay Up or Else
These Long Drives
Tate, James:Days of Pie and Coffee
Success Comes to Cow Creek
Teaching the Ape to Write Poems
Teasdale, Sara:Central Park at Dusk
The Old Maid
Spring in War-Time
Tekahionwake: See: E.Pauline Johnson
Tennyson, Alfred Lord:Charge of the Light Brigade
Crossing the Bar
The Eagle
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
Tessimond, A.S.J.:Cats
Thomas, Dylan:Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Especially When the October Wind
Fern Hill
In my craft or sullen art
Thomas, R.S.:Good
The Old Language
Poetry for Supper
Song at the Year's Turning
Thompson, Francis:The Hound of Heaven
In No Strange Land
Trethewey, Natasha:Flounder
Storyville Diary
Truth, Sojourner:Ain't I a Woman?
Tso, Agnes:Male rain, Female rain, Awakening
Twain, Mark:The War Prayer


Updike, John:Back From Vacation
Van Rooten, Luis d'Antin. See at Rooten
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Walker, Alice:Burial
Expect Nothing
I Said to Poetry
The Old Men Used to Sing
We Alone Can Devalue Gold
Wallace, Ronald:The Belly Dancer in the Nursing Home
The Facts of Life
The McPoem
Waller, Edmund:Go, Lovely Rose!
The Self Banished
To a Very Young Lady
Upon the Late Storm
Watson, William:Hate
How Weary is our Heart
In the Night
Lachrymae Musarum
Lines to our New Censor
Wordsworth's Grave
Whitman, Walt:Beat! Beat! Drums!
I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing
A Noiseless Patient Spider
From "Song of Myself":
          No.6:  A child said What is the grass?
          No.14: The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night
          No.21: I am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the Soul
          No.46: I know I have the best of time and space
          No.51: The past and present wilt
Toward the Unknown Region
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
Whittier, John Greenleaf:Forgiveness
Massachusetts to Virginia
The Norsemen
The Proclamation
A Word for the Hour
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler:Advice
Momus, God of Laughter
The Optimist
The Tavern of Last Times
To Marry or not to Marry?
Wilde, Oscar:Ave Imperatrix
The Harlot's House
Libertatis Sacra Fames
Sonnet on Hearing the Dies Irae Sung in the Sistine Chapel
Sonnet On the Sale by Auction of Keats’ Love Letters
Williams, William Carlos:The Dance
Danse Russe
Spring and All
This is Just to Say
Wordsworth, William:Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
It is a Beauteous Evening
London, 1802
Wylie, Elinor:Atavism
The Eagle and the Mole
Velvet Shoes
Wild Peaches
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Yeats, W.B.:Easter 1916
He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
John Kinsella's Lament for Mrs. Mary Moore
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
No Second Troy
The Road at My Door
Sailing to Byzantium
The Second Coming
September 1913
Solomon and the Witch
The Song of Wandering Aengus
When You Are Old
Zepeda, Ofelia:Rain
We Are Papago