Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

Nothing Gold Can Stay1923 Nature’s first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf’s a flower;But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stay Robert FrostBorn: 20 March 1874, California, USANationality: AmericanDied: 29 January 1963, Massachusetts, USA Robert Lee Frost was a … Continue reading Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

Going Blind by Rainer Maria Rilke

Going Blind She sat just like the others at the table.But on second glance, she seemed to hold her cupa little differently as she picked it up.She smiled once. It was almost painful. And when they finished and it was time to standand slowly, as chance selected them, they leftand moved through many rooms (they … Continue reading Going Blind by Rainer Maria Rilke

Song of Myself LII by Walt Whitman

The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains of my gab and my loitering. I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. The last scud of day holds back for me, It flings my likeness after the rest and true as any on the shadow’d wilds, It coaxes me to the vapor and the dusk....

Mandalay by Rudyard Kipling

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' lazy at the sea, There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me; For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say: "Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay! " Come you back to Mandalay...

A Poet’s Death Is His Life IV by Kahlil Gibran

The dark wings of night enfolded the city upon which Nature had spread a pure white garment of snow; and men deserted the streets for their houses in search of warmth, while the north wind probed in contemplation of laying waste the gardens. There in the suburb stood an old hut heavily laden with snow and on the verge of falling. In a dark recess of that hovel was a poor bed in which a dying youth was lying, staring at the dim light of his oil lamp, made to flicker by the entering winds....

Danny Deever by Rudyard Kipling

‘What are the bugles blowin’ for?' said Files-on-Parade. ‘To turn you out, to turn you out,’ the Colour-Sergeant said. ‘What makes you look so white, so white?’ said Files-on-Parade. ‘I’m dreadin’ what I’ve got to watch,’ the Colour-Sergeant said. For they’re hangin’ Danny Deever, you can hear the Dead March play, The Regiment’s in ’ollow square—they’re hangin’ him to-day; They’ve taken of his buttons off an’ cut his stripes away, An’ they're hangin’ Danny Deever in the mornin'...

Carpenter, Carpenter by Jack Prelutsky

Prelutsky is a writer of children’s poetry. He served as the first US Children’s Poet Laureate from 2006-08. Born in New York, USA he was still a baby when a fire killed his family, he was saved by his Uncle Charlie. He claims to have hated poetry when he was younger and after his teacher discovered his musical talents and suggest he attended The High School of Music and Art...

Baby’s World by Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore was a polymath, poet, musician, and artist. He is credited with reshaping Bengali literature and Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1913 he was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. A Brahmo Hindu with ancestry in Burdwan and Jessore, he began writing poet at eight years old. At sixteen, Tagore released his first substantial poems under the pen-name of Bhānusiṃha. He had graduated to short stories and dramas using his real name by 1877. Tagore was a humanist, universalist, internationalist, and an anti-nationalist, denouncing the British raj and advocating Indian independence from Britain...

Q by Roger McGough

McGough is a poet, performance poet, children’s author, playwright, and broadcaster. He presents BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please, as well as performing his own poetry. He was one of the leading members of the Liverpool poets influenced by the 1960s Beat poetry and popular music and culture known as the Liverpool poets...

Daddy by Sylvia Plath

Plath was a poet, short-story writer, and novelist. Best-known for advancing the genre of confessional poetry through her published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1982. Plath married the poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they lived firstly in America then moved to England. The couple had two children before separating in 1962...

Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe

Poe was a writer, editor, and critic, best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre through poetry and short stories. He was a central figure of Romanticism in the USA and one of the earliest practitioners of the short story. He was the first well-known American writer to earn a living from writing alone, leading to a financially difficult life and career....