Poems

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils) – William Wordsworth

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I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils; Continue reading I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils) – William Wordsworth

Hope is the thing with Feathers – Emily Dickinson

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“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all – Continue reading Hope is the thing with Feathers – Emily Dickinson

All the world’s a stage – William Shakespeare

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All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,

Continue reading All the world’s a stage – William Shakespeare

My Last Duchess – Robert Browning

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That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall,
Looking as if she were alive. I call
That piece a wonder, now; Fra Pandolf’s hands
Worked busily a day, and there she stands. Continue reading My Last Duchess – Robert Browning

Ozymandias – Percy Shelley

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I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, Continue reading Ozymandias – Percy Shelley

Invictus – William Ernest Henley

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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. Continue reading Invictus – William Ernest Henley

If – Rudyard Kipling

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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too; Continue reading If – Rudyard Kipling

Annabel Lee – Edgar Allen Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee; Continue reading Annabel Lee – Edgar Allen Poe