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Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

This is my favorite poem. I can’t relate to it personally (thank God!) and yet the visual images the poem conjures are unforgettable. Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on … Continue reading

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The Bells by Edgar Allen Poe

I read this in high school. I still remember this poem all these years later. I don’t know why. I. Hear the sledges with the bells– Silver bells! What a world of merriment their melody foretells! How they tinkle, tinkle, … Continue reading

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To Hope by John Keats

WHEN by my solitary hearth I sit, And hateful thoughts enwrap my soul in gloom; When no fair dreams before my “mind’s eye” flit, And the bare heath of life presents no bloom; Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed, … Continue reading

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Whoso List to Hunt by Thomas Wyatt

For whatever reason, I am posting poems that I remember from high school. Funny what sticks with you. Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind, But as for me, hélas, I may no more. The vain travail … Continue reading

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Digging by Seamus Heaney (a very belated St. Patrick’s Day poem)

My eighth grade teacher hailed from Ireland. I don’t mean his ancestors came over during the Potato Famine, I mean he was born in Blarney. Naturally, in addition to Walt Whitman, we were also introduced to the poetry of Seamus … Continue reading

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A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, And the Road Unknown

I was fortunate enough to have a teacher in the 8th grade who revered Walt Whitman’s poetry. We did a unit on him, which was probably also a crossover unit as well. In the 8th grade, we studied American History … Continue reading

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Charge of the Light Brigade By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

With everything going on in the Ukraine (which I have not been following) this seems strangely appropriate. The Charge of the Light Brigade Half a league, half a league,   Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death, … Continue reading

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A Love Letter To Her Husband By Anne Bradstreet

I love the fact that the first published poet in the US was a woman, just like the first poet of Mexico was also a woman. Here is A Love Letter To Her Husband by Anne Bradstreet. She wrote this … Continue reading

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Invictus

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the foul clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the … Continue reading

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