The Ballad Of Reading By Oscar Wilde

The Ballad Of Reading By Oscar Wilde I He did not wear his scarlet coat,  For blood and wine are red,And blood and wine were on his hands  When they found him with the dead,The poor dead woman whom he loved,  And murdered in her bed. He walked amongst the Trial Men  In a suit of shabby grey;A cricket […]

The New Colossus By Emma Lazarus

The New Colossus By Emma Lazarus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMother of Exiles. From her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes commandThe air-bridged harbor that […]

Daddy By Sylvia Plath

Daddy By Sylvia Plath You do not do, you do not doAny more, black shoeIn which I have lived like a footFor thirty years, poor and white,Barely daring to breathe or Achoo. Daddy, I have had to kill you.You died before I had time—Marble-heavy, a bag full of God,Ghastly statue with one gray toeBig as […]

Lady Lazarus By Sylvia Plath

Lady Lazarus By Sylvia Plath I have done it again.One year in every tenI manage it— A sort of walking miracle, my skinBright as a Nazi lampshade,My right foot A paperweight,My face a featureless, fineJew linen. Peel off the napkinO my enemy.Do I terrify?— The nose, the eye pits, the full set of teeth?The sour […]

A Certain Slant Of Light (258) By Emily Dickinson

A Certain Slant Of Light (258) By Emily Dickinson here’s a certain Slant of light,Winter Afternoons – That oppresses, like the HeftOf Cathedral Tunes –  Heavenly Hurt, it gives us – We can find no scar,But internal difference,Where the Meanings, are –  None may teach it – Any – ‘Tis the Seal Despair – An imperial afflictionSent us of the Air –  When it comes, the Landscape listens – Shadows – hold […]

Because I Could Not Stop For Death (479) By Emily Dickinson

Because I Could Not Stop For Death (479) By Emily Dickinson Because I could not stop for Death – He kindly stopped for me – The Carriage held but just Ourselves – And Immortality. We slowly drove – He knew no hasteAnd I had put awayMy labor and my leisure too,For His Civility –  We passed the School, where Children stroveAt Recess – in the Ring – We […]

When I Heard The Learn’d Astronomer By Walt Whitman

When I Heard The Learn’d Astronomer By Walt Whitman When I heard the learn’d astronomer,When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,How soon unaccountable I […]

Song Of Myself By Walt Whitman

Song Of Myself (I Celebrate Myself) By Walt Whitman 1I celebrate myself, and sing myself,And what I assume you shall assume,For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul,I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d […]

A Supermarket In California By Allen Ginsberg

A Supermarket In California By Allen Ginsberg    What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for Iwalked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.   In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into theneon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!   What peaches and […]