The Seashell Press
The Seashell Anthology of Great Poetry

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Introduction

Table of Contents

Poets

Poets and Poems

Anna Akhmatova(1889 - 1966)
Ah, You Thought

Kingsley Amis (1922 - 1995)
The Last War

Maya Angelou (1928 - )
Momma Welfare Roll

Anonymous
Madrigal
Western Wind
The Three Ravens

Matthew Arnold (1822 -1888)
Dover Beach

John Ashbery (1927 - )
My Erotic Double
Paradoxes and Oxymorons

W. H. Auden (1907 -1973)
Lullaby
Separation
Stop all the clocks
The Unknown Citizen

Imamu Amiri Baraka (1934 - )
A Poem Some People Will Have to Understand
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note

George Barker (1913 - 1991)
To My Mother

Stephen Vincent Benét (1898 - 1943)
The Ballad of William Sycamore

Michael Benedikt (1935 - 2007)
Thoughts

Gwendolyn B. Bennett (1902 - 1981)
To a Dark Girl

Wendell Berry (1934 - )
The Peace of Wild Things

John Berryman (1914 -1972)
He stared at ruin
Sonnet 115
This world is gradually becoming a place

Elizabeth Bishop (1911 -1979)
One Art

William Blake (1757 -1827)
And did those feet in ancient time
How sweet I roamed
London
The Lamb
The Tiger

Arna Bontemps (1902 -1972)
Idolatry

Book of Psalms
The Lord is my shepherd

Anne Bradstreet (1612 -1672)
To My Dear and Loving Husband

Joseph Brodsky (1940 -1996)
Six Years Later

Rupert Brooke (1887 -1915)
Oh Death Will Find Me
The Hill

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861)
How Do I Love Thee?
If thou must love me, let it be for naught

Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)
Meeting at Night
My Last Duchess
Parting at Morning
Prospice
The Lost Mistress

Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
A Red, Red Rose
Highland Mary

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)
So, we'll go no more a-roving

Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620)
Advice to a Girl

Thomas Carew (1598 - 1639)
To My Inconstant Mistress

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)
Jabberwocky
The Walrus and the Carpenter

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 - 1400)
The Canterbury Tales

Mary Coleridge (1861 - 1907)
Unpunished
We never said farewell

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834)
Kubla Khan

Frances Cornford (1886 - 1960)
The Watch

Countee Cullen (1903 - 1946)
Yet Do I Marvel

e. e. cummings (1894 - 1962)
if i have made, my lady
may i feel said he
next to of course god america i
the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls
What if a much of a which of a wind
when god lets my body be

Waring Cuney (1906 - 1975)
No Images

J. V. Cunningham (1911 - 1985)
To My Wife

John, Lord Cutts (1661 - 1707)
Only Tell Her that I Love

William Henry Davies (1871 - 1940)
The Villain

Walter de la Mare (1873 - 1956)
Goodbye
Silver

James Dickey (1923 - 1997)
The Performance

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
After great pain, a formal feeling comes
Because I could not stop for Death
God is indeed a jealous God
I dwell in possibility
I taste a liquor never brewed
Much madness is divinest sense
Parting
The heart asks pleasure first
The soul selects her own society

John Donne (1573 - 1631)
Death be not proud
Woman's Constancy

Ernest Dowson (1867 - 1900)
Dregs
Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae

Michael Drayton (1563 - 1631)
Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part
To His Coy Love

William Drummond (1585 - 1648)
Madrigal

George du Maurier (1834 - 1896)
Music

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)
Preludes
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Terminus

Sir George Etherege (1653 -1691)
To a Lady asking him how long he would love her

Mari Evans (1923 - )
If There Be Sorrow
The Rebel
Where Have You Gone

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919 - )
Constantly Risking Absurdity

Jane Flanders(1940 - 2001)
Nightingales in America

Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)
A Line-Storm Song
Acquainted with the Night
After Apple Picking
Bereft
Death of a Hired Man
Departmental
Directive
Reluctance
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Storm Fear
The Pasture
The Road Not Taken

Allen Ginsberg (1926 - 1997)
A Supermarket in California
from "Howl"

Louise Glück (1943 - )
Mock Orange

Mitchell Goodman (1924 - 1997)
Man and Wife

Donald Hall (1928 - )
Gold

Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928)
A Wife Waits

Robert Hayden (1913 - 1980)
Those Winter Sundays

Seamus Heaney (1939 - )
Digging
The Punishment
The Wife's Tale

Anthony Hecht (1923 - 2004)
Third Avenue in Sunlight

William Ernest Henley (1849 - 1903)
Invictus

Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674)
Delight in Disorder
Night Piece, to Julia
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Ralph Hodgson (1871 - 1962)
The Gypsy Girl

Lawrence Hope (1865 - 1904)
Request

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 - 1889)
Felix Randal
Inversnaid
Pied Beauty
Spring and Fall

A. E. Housman (1859 - 1936)
Because I Liked You Better
Here dead lie we because we did not choose
Is My Team Plowing?
Oh, when I was in love with you
The Carpenter's Son
To an Athlete Dying Young
When green buds hang in the elm
With rue my heart is laden

Julia Ward Howe (1819 - 1910)
The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)
50-50
Dream Variations
I, too, sing America
Night Funeral in Harlem
Preference
Same in Blues

Randall Jarrell (1914 - 1965)
Losses
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

Robinson Jeffers (1887 - 1962)
Antrim
Hurt Hawks
New Mexican Mountain
Vulture

Georgia Douglas Johnson (1886 - 1966)
I want to die while you love me

Helene Johnson (1907 - 1995)
Invocation

James Weldon Johnson (1871 - 1938)
The Creation

Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637)
To Celia

James Joyce (1572 - 1637)
I Hear an Army

Donald Justice (1925 - 2004)
In Bertram's Garden
Men at Forty

John Keats (1795 - 1821)
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
When I Have Fears

X. J. Kennedy (1929 - )
Nude Descending a Staircase

Galway Kinnell (1927 - )
After Making Love We Hear Footsteps

Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)
If—
Recessional
The Way Through the Woods
When Earth's Last Picture Is Painted

Etheridge Knight (1931 - 1991)
For Black Poets Who Think of Suicide
Hard Rock Returns to Prison

Kenneth Koch (1925 - 2002)
Permanently

Stanley Kunitz (1905 - 2006)
End of Summer

Walter Savage Landor (1775 - 1864)
I strove with none

D. H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930)
Lightning
Love on the Farm
Piano

Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887)
The New Colossus

Denise Levertov (1923 - 1997)
The Ache of Marriage
The Runes
To the Reader
What Were They Like?
What Wild Dawns There Were

Philip Levine (1928 - )
Belle Isle, 1949

Vachel Lindsay (1879 - 1931)
The Leaden-Eyed

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 -1882)
Paul Revere's Ride
Snowflakes

Amy Lowell (1874 - 1925)
Chinoiseries
Seeing you stand once more before my eyes

Robert Lowell (1917 - 1977)
Epilogue
Man and Wife
Memories of West Street and Lepke
Skunk Hour

Archibald MacLeish (1892 - 1982)
Ars Poetica
Epistle to Be Left in the Earth
The End of the World
You, Andrew Marvell

John Gillespie Magee (1922 - 1941)
High Flight

Christopher Marlowe (1564 - 1593)
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Andrew Marvell (1621 - 1678)
To His Coy Mistress

John Masefield (1878 - 1967)
Her Heart
On Growing Old
Sea Fever

John McCrae (1872 - 1918)
In Flanders Fields

Phyllis McGinley (1905 - 1978)
Portrait of Girl with Comic Book

Claude McKay (1889 - 1948)
If We Must Die
The Harlem Dancer

James Merrill (1926 - 1994)
A Renewal

W. S. Merwin (1927 - )
Grandfather in the Old Men's Home
Separation

Charlotte Mew (1869 -1928)
I Have Been Through the Gates
The Farmer's Bride

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)
Above These Cares
At least my dear
God's World
I Shall Go Back
Love is not all
Modern Declaration
Night is my sister
Oh, Oh, you will be sorry for that word
Spring
Time does not bring relief
What lips my lips have kissed

John Milton (1608 - 1674)
On His Blindness
On His Deceased Wife

John Frederick Nims (1913 - 1999)
Love Poem

Alfred Noyes (1880 - 1959)
The Highwayman

Sharon Olds (1942 - )
35/10
The One Girl at the Boys Party

Wilfred Owen (1893 - 1918)
Anthem for Doomed Youth
Arms and the Boy
Dulce et Decorum Est
The Send-Off

P. K. Page (1916 - 2010)
Young Girls

Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963)
Lady Lazarus
Morning Song

Edgar Allen Poe (1809 - 1849)
To Helen

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
On a Certain Lady at Court

Ezra Pound (1885 -1972)
Coda
The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter

Sir Walter Raleigh (1552 - 1618)
The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Dudley Randall (1914 - 2000)
Blackberry Sweet

John Crowe Ransom (1888 - 1974)
Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter

Henry Reed (1914 - 1986)
Naming of Parts

Charles Reznikoff (1894 - 1976)
Let other people come as streams
I will write songs against you

Adrienne Rich (1929 - 2012)
The Roofwalker
Two Songs

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869 - 1935)
Reuben Bright
Richard Cory

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)
Dolor
Elegy for Jane
I Knew a Woman
In a Dark Time
My Papa's Waltz
Night Journey
Root Cellar

Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
Remember
When I Am Dead

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)
Buttons
Chicago
Fog
from "The People Yes"
Grass
Jack
Jazz Fantasia
Joy
Limited
Mag
Mill Doors
Poetry
Prayers of Steel
Soiled Dove
They Ask: Is God, Too, Lonely?

Siegfried Sassoon (1886 - 1967)
Base Details
Counterattack
The Rear Guard

Delmore Schwartz (1913 - 1966)
Baudelaire

Winfield Townley Scott (1910 - 1968)
Mrs. Severin
To L. B. S.

Robert Service (1874 - 1958)
The Cremation of Sam McGee
The Shooting of Dan McGrew

Anne Sexton (1928 - 1974)
[I'm Dreaming the My Lai Soldier Again]
Cinderella
For My Lover, Returning to His Wife
Her Kind
Ringing the Bells
That Day
The Earth
The Firebombers
The Moss of His Skin

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
All the world's a stage
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!
If we are marked to die
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Once more unto the breach
Our revels now are ended
Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?
Some glory in their birth, some in their skill
That time of year thou mayst in me behold
To be, or not to be
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
When, in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 -1822)
A Dirge
England in 1819
The Waning Moon

Sir Philip Sidney (1554 - 1586)
Sleep

May Riley Smith (1842 - 1927)
The Last Dance

W. D. Snodgrass (1926 - 2009)
Mementos, 1
The Examination

Gary Snyder (1930 - )
How Poetry Comes To Me
Milton by Firelight
Siwashing it out once in Siuslaw Forest

Stephen Spender (1909 - 1995)
Ultima Ratio Regum

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)
The Emperor of Ice-Cream

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 -1894)
Requiem

Mark Strand (1850 - 1894)
Coming to This

Sir John Suckling (1609 - 1641)
The Constant Lover

May Swenson (1919 - 1989)
Question
Staying at Ed's Place

Arthur Symons (1865 - 1945)
Wanderer's Song

J. M. Synge (1871 - 1900)
A Question
In May

Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)
The Bird

Takelma Indian Song
Medicine Formula

Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933)
I am Not Yours
Sleepless
Song Making
Weariness

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892)
Break, Break, Break
Crossing the Bar
O that 'twere possible
The Eagle
Ulysses

Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953)
And Death Shall Have No Dominion
Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night
Fern Hill
The Hunchback in the Park
When I was a boy

Edward Thomas (1878 - 1917)
The Dark Forest

Darwin T. Turner (1931 - 1991)
Love

Vidyakara's "Treasury" (11th century)
Four Poems

Alice Walker (1944 - )
Love is Not Concerned

Margaret Walker (1915 - 1998)
For My People

Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893 - 1978)
The House Grown Silent

John Hall Wheelock (1886 - 1978)
Earth

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)
A Woman Waits for Me
An Army Corps on the March
I hear America Singing
Long I thought that knowledge alone would suffice
O Captain! My Captain!
One's-Self I Sing
Reconciliation
from "Song of Myself"
The Dalliance of Eagles
The Last Invocation

Anna Wickham (1884 - 1947)
Divorce
Meditation at Kew

Richard Wilbur (1921 - )
A Simile for Her Smile
Love Calls us to Things of This World
Piazza di Spagna, Early Morning
Playboy

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
Requiescat

C. K. Williams (1936 - )
Alzheimer's: The Wife
It Is This Way with Men

William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)
Danse Russe
The Artist
The Dance
The Widow's Lament in Springtime

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
The World is Too Much with Us

Charles Wright (1935 - )
Clear Night

James Wright (1927 - 1980)
Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio
Beginning
Complaint
Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota

Elinor Wylie (1885 - 1928)
Prophecy
Puritan Sonnet

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Down by the salley gardens
Leda and the Swan
Politics
Sailing to Byzantium
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
The Second Coming
The Song of the Wandering Aengus
blankWhen You Are Old