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Subject - Inspiration

Poetry can be used quite effectively to challenge and inspire, perhaps better than prose if it is done well. These are some particularly inspiring poems.

Poetry is the arithmetic of the easiest way and the primrose path, matched up with foam-flanked horses, bloody knuckles, and bones, on the hard ways to the stars. - Carl Sandburg


  1. The Sower by Mathilde Blind
  2. To A Waterfowl by William Cullen Bryant

    God guides the paths of bird and man

  3. Little Things by Julia Carney
  4. Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth by Arthur Hugh Clough
  5. Where There's a Will There's a Way by Eliza Cook
  6. Success is counted sweetest by Emily Dickinson
  7. My Mind To Me A Kingdom Is by Sir Edmund Dyer
  8. What Is to Come by William Ernest Henley
  9. Invictus by William Ernest Henley

    I am the captain of my soul

  10. God, give us men! by Josiah Gilbert Holland
  11. Lowlands by William Reed Huntington
  12. The Victory of Patience by Helen Hunt Jackson
  13. If by Rudyard Kipling

    what you can accomplish in life

  14. Loss and Gain by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    assessing your life

  15. Brotherhood by Edwin Markham
  16. The Seekers by John Masefield
  17. Transcience by Sorajini Naidu
  18. Mont Brevent by George Santayana
  19. Morning Sorrows by Charles Turner
  20. The Undiscovered Country by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  21. Which are You? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    There are two kinds of people in the world, but perhaps not the kinds you were thinking of.

  22. The Character of a Happy Life by Sir Henry Wotton

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The quotes from Carl Sandburg on the heading of some of the subject pages are from his book of poems, Good Morning America.

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