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    Léonie Adams

    (1899 - 1958)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Song from a Country Fair
    • This Measure
    • The River in the Meadows
    • Night-Piece
    • The Mount
    • Home-coming
    • Early Waking
    • Death and the Lady
    • Country Summer
    • Caryatid

    Joseph Addison

    (1672 - 1719)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Cato
    • The Campaign
    • The Playhouse

    George Ade

    (1866 - 1944)

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Microbe's Serenade

    Peter Abelard

    (1079 - 1142)

    Suggested Poems:

    • David's Lament for Jonathan
    • Hymn for the Close of the Week

    Abutsu

    (ca 1280)

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Diary of the Waning Moon

    J.R. Ackerley

    (1896 - 1967)

    Suggested Poems:

    • After the Blitz [1941]

    Adais of Macedon

    (? - ?)

    Suggested Poems:

    • If you see someone beautiful

    Franklin Pierce Adams (F.P.A.)

    (1881 - 1960)

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Double Standard
    • Composed in the Composing Room
    • Lines where Beauty Lingers
    • Such Stuff as Dreams
    • To a Thesaurus
    • The Rich Man

    Jean Adams

    (1710 - 1765)

    Suggested Poems:

    • A Dream
    • On the Phoenix
    • To the Muse

    John Coleman Adams

    (1849 - 1922)

    Suggested Poems:

    • We praise thee, God, for harvests earned

    John Quincy Adams

    (1767 - 1848)

    Suggested Poems:

    • To Sally
    • The Wants of Man

    Friedrich Adler

    (? - ?)

    Suggested Poems:

    • By the Waterfall

    Lucille Adler

    (? - ?)

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Fox and the Flood
    • Shipwreck

    Mortimer J. Adler

    (1902 - ?)

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Fearless

    A.E. (George William Russel)

    (1867 - 1935) Irish Poet, Editor, and Playwright

    Suggested Poems:

    • The City
    • Exiles
    • Desire
    • Germinal
    • Dust * "...We are but embers wrapped in clay, A little nobler than the sod..."
    • The Gift *
    • By the Margin of the Great Deep
    • Epilogue
    • The Lonely
    • A Mountain Wind
    • The Place of Rest
    • Truth
    • The Secret

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Homeward: Songs by the Way [1894]
    • The Earth Breath [1897]
    • The Nuts of Knowledge [1903]
    • The Divine Vision [1904]
    • Vale and Other Poems [1931]
    • House of the Titans and Other Poems [1934]

    Aeschylus

    (525 - 456 BC)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Alone of gods death has no love of gifts
    • The Wail of Prometheus Bound

    Vittorio Aganoor [Pompilj]

    (1855 - 1910)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Rain

    Agathias

    (536 - 582)

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Astrologer
    • A House in Byzantium
    • Manifesto
    • On Lots wife turned to salt
    • Rhodanthe
    • Troy

    James Agee

    (1909 - 1955)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Red Sea
    • Rapid Transit
    • In Heavy Mind
    • Song with Words
    • Those former loves wherein our lives have run

    Delmira Agustini

    (1886 - 1914)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Blindness
    • From Far Away

    Conrad Aiken

    (1889 - 1973) American Poet

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Carver * "See, as the carver carves a rose, A wing, a toad, a serpent's eye, In cruel granite, to disclose The soft things that in hardness lie..."
    • Hatteras Calling * "...every weathervane shivers and moans upon its dripping pin..."
    • Beloved, Let Us Once More Praise the Rain *
    • Second Prelude * [1936](NM)
    • Prelude VI * [1931] (NM)
    • Blind Date * (NM)

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Earth Triumphant and Other Tales in Verse [1914]
    • Turns and Movies and Other Tales in Verse [1916]
    • The Jig of Forslin [1916,1921]
    • Nocturne of Remembered Spring and Other Poems [1916]
    • The Charnel Rose; Senlin: A Biography; and Other Poems * [1918]
    • The House of Dust: A Symphony [1920]
    • Punch: The Immortal Liar, Documents in His History [1921]
    • The Pilgrimage of Festus [1924]
    • Priapus and the Pool and Other Poems [1925]
    • Prelude * [1929]
    • Selected Poems [1929]
    • Gehenna [1930]
    • John Deth: A Metaphysical Legend and Other Poems [1930]
    • The Coming Forth by Day of Osiris Jones [1931]
    • Preludes for Memnon * [1931]
    • And in the Hanging Gardens [1933]
    • Landscape West of Eden [1934,1935]
    • Time in the Rock; Preludes to Definition * [1936]
    • And in the Human Heart [1940]
    • Brownstone Rcologues and Other Poems [1942]
    • The Soldier: A Poem [1944]
    • The Kid [1947]
    • Skylight One: Fifteen Poems [1949]
    • The Divine Pilgrim [1949]
    • Collected Poems * [1953]
    • A Letter from Li Po and Other Poems [1955]
    • Sheepfold Hill: Fifteen Poems [1958]
    • Selected Poems [1961]
    • The Morning Song of Lord Zero and Other Stories [1963]

    John Aikin

    (1747 - 1822)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Picturesque: A Fragment

    Lucy Aikin

    (1781 - 1864)

    Suggested Poems:

    • A Swallow

    Mark Akenside

    (1721 - 1770)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Amoret
    • The Complaint
    • The Creative Process
    • Inscripition for a Grotto
    • Ode to the Evening Star
    • The Pleasures of Imagination

    Elizabeth Chase Akers

    (1832 - 1911)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Endurance
    • Rock me to sleep, Mother
    • Sea-Birds

    Zoë Akins

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Interpretations [1912,1914]

    Nannia Alba

    (1917 - 1968)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Be Daedalus
    • For Malcom X

    Alcaeus

    (ca. 620 BC)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Philip of Macedon
    • The Storm
    • You who were once my friend
    • And if the wine leaves him witless

    Alcuin

    (735 - 804)

    Suggested Poems:

    • For His Friends
    • A Night Prayer
    • Written in Absence

    Mary Alcock

    (1742 - 1798)

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Chimney-Sweeper's Complaint
    • Written in Ireland

    Louisa May Alcott

    (1832 - 1888)

    Suggested Poems:

    • A Little Kingdom I Possess
    • Our Little Ghost

    Richard Aldington

    (1892 - 1962)

    Suggested Poems:

    • At the British Museum
    • Evening
    • Field Manoevers
    • Possession
    • Images

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Images, Old and New [1915, 1916]
    • Reverie [1917]
    • War and Love [1919]
    • Images of War [1919]

    Dorothy Aldis

    (1896 - 1966)

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Clown
    • Kick a Little Stone
    • On an Snowy Day
    • Seting the Table
    • Supper for a Lion

    Mary Aldis

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Flashlights [1916]

    Sholom Alechem

    (1859 - 1916)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Sleep, My Child

    Thomas Bailey Aldrich

    (1836 - 1907)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Apparitions
    • At a Reading
    • Before the Rain
    • The Bells at Midnight
    • Maple Leaves
    • By the Potomac
    • Tiger Lillies

    Cecil Frances Alexander

    (1818 - 1895)

    Suggested Poems:

    • All things bright and beautiful
    • Evening Song
    • The Fieldmouse

    Lewis Alexander

    (1900 - 1945)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Day and Night
    • Dream Song
    • Enchantment

    Henry Alford

    (1810 - 1871)

    Suggested Poems:

    • Harvest Home
    • You and I

    Kenneth Slade Alling

    (1889 - ?) American

    Suggested Poems:

    • Beauty * "...Is she the universe or only An entity austere and lonely..."

    William Allingham

    (1824 - 1899)

    Suggested Poems:

    • A Dream
    • An Evening
    • The Eviction
    • Express
    • Homeward Bound
    • The Lion and the Wave
    • A Mill
    • Riding
    • Tennants at Will
    • Wild Rose
    • Windlass Song
    • Wishing
    • Writing
    • The Witch-Bride

    Anakreon

    (570-? B.C.) Greek Lyric Poet

    Suggested Poems:

    • On Death * "...my teeth are the loose teeth of an old man..."

    Laurie Anderson

    Musician, Poet, performance artist

    Suggested Poems:

    • From the Air from Big Science [1982]

    Archilochos

    (8th Century B.C.) Greek Lyric Poet

    Suggested Poems:

    • Thasos *
    • A Girl *"...And her hair fell as darkness on her back and her shoulders..."
    • Love *

    Walter Conrad Arensberg

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Poems [1914]
    • Idols [1916]

    John Ashbery

    Musician, Poet, performance artist

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Grapevine
    • Some Trees

    W.H.(Wystan Hugh) Auden

    (1907 - 1973) American

    Suggested Poems:

    • Funeral Blues * (used in Four Weddings and a Funeral)
    • The Unknown Citizen, JS/07/M/378, This Marble Monument Is Erected by the State *"He was found by the bureau of statistics to be One against whom there was no official complaint..."
    • This Lunar Beauty *
    • Their Lonely Betters * "...Words are for those with promises to keep."
    • Villanelle * "Time can say nothing but I told you so..."
    • "Look, Stranger" *
    • Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love *
    • Song: As I Walked Out One Evening * "...I'll love you till the ocean Is folded and hung up to dry And the seven stars go squaking Like geese about the sky..."
    • Musée des Beaux Arts *
    • Base Words are Uttered
    • Behold the Manly Mesomorph *
    • At the Party
    • Herman Melville * (LAG)
    • Epitaph on a Tyrant "...When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter, And when he cried the little children died in the streets." (LAG)

    Bakchylides

    (6th century B.C.) Greek Lyric poet

    Suggested Poems:

    • Peace * "...In the iron-covered shield the brown spider hangs his web..."

    Karle Wilson Baker

    (1878-?) American

    Suggested Poems:

    • Let Me Grow Lovely *
    • I Shall be loved as Quiet Things * "...Curled yellow leaves that whisper down One after one..."
    • Morning Song *

    Charles Ballard

    Suggested Poems:

    • Sand Creek "...Nothing lives long But the earth and the mountain..."

    Hoseph Warren Beach

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Sonnets of the Head and Heart [1903]

    [Joseph] Hilaire [Pierre René] Belloc

    (1870 - 1953) English

    Suggested Poems:

    • The South Country (BB)
    • Ha'nacker Mill (BB)
    • Tarantela (BB)

    Stephen Vincent Benét

    (1898- 1943) American Poet and Novelist

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Five Men and Pompey [1915]
    • Young Adventure * [1918]
    • Ballad of William Sycamore 1790-1880 [1923]
    • Tiger Joy [1925]
    • John Brown's Body [1928] - won the Pulitzer Prize
    • A Book of Americans [1933]
    • Western Star [1943] - won the Pulitzer Prize

    William Rose Benét

    (1886 - 1950) American Poet and Editor, Brother of Stephen Vincent Benét

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Woodcutter's Wife * "...in her hands my will is twisted wax..." -- thought to be written about his wife, the poet Elinor Wylie(NM)

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Merchants from Cathay [1913]
    • The Falconer of God [1914]
    • The Great White Wall [1916]
    • The Burgaler of the Zodiac [1918]
    • Perpetual Light [1919]
    • Starry Harness [1933]
    • Golden Fleece [1935]
    • The Dust Which Is God [1941] - won the Pulitzer Prize

    Arthur Christopher Benson

    English Poet

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Phoenix * (BB)

    [Robert] Laurence Binyon

    (1863 - 1943) English Poet and Art Historian

    Suggested Poems:

    • The Little Dancers *
    • The House That Was *
    • In Misty Blue * (BB)
    • A Song * (BB)
    • Magnets * (BB)

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • The Secret [1920]
    • The Sirens [1924]
    • The Idols [1928]
    • Collected Poems * [1931]
    • The North Star [1941]

    John Peale Bishop

    (1892 - 1944) American Writer and Editor

    Suggested Poems:

    • A Recollection * (BB)

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Green Fruit [1917]
    • Now with His Love [1933]
    • Minute Particulars [1935]

    Maxwell Bodenheim

    (1892 - 1954) American Poet

    Suggested Poems:

    • To An Enemy * (MS)
    • Advice to a Street Pavement * (MS)
    • Definitions (MS)
    • The Miner

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Minna and Myself [1918]
    • Against This Age [1925]
    • Bringing Jazz [1930]

    Louise Bogan

    (1897 - 1970) American Poet

    Suggested Poems:

    • Night *
    • Song for the Last Act *
    • Knowledge *
    • the Dragonfly * (NM)

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Body of this Death [1923]
    • Dark Summer [1929]
         Cassandra
         Old Countryside
    • The Sleeping Fury [1937]
    • Collected Poems [1954]
    • Blue Estuaries [1968]
    • A Poet's Alphabet [1970]

    Gordon Bottomley

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • Chambers of Imagery [1912]
    • Laodice and Danaë [1916]

    Gamaliel Bradford

    (1863-1932) American Biographer and Poet

    Suggested Poems:

    • Ardor

    J. Keirn Brennan

    (1873 - 1948) American Lyricist

    Suggested Songs:

    • Let the Rest of the World Go By *

    Rupert Brooke

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • The Colelcted Poems of Rupert Brooke [1915]
    • Selected Poems [1917]

    William Bynner

    Selected Books of Poetry:

    • An Ode to Harvard and Other Poems [1907]
    • Tiger [1913]
    • The Little King [1914]
    • The New World [1914]
    • Iphigenia in Tauris [1916]
    • Grenstone Poems [1917]
    • A Canticle of Praise [1919]
    • The Beloved Stranger [1919]

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