Category Archives: Poetry

Recessional by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling is quite correctly perceived as a poet who celebrated and actively supported the British Empire. This is undoubtedly the case, however as can be seen in his “Recessional” the picture of a jingoist is not a wholly accurate … Continue reading

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If People Could Read Minds by Kevin Morris

If people could read minds half the men would be in prison and the other half would have black eyes. If people could read minds divorce lawyers would live like kings. If people could read minds friendships would vanish like … Continue reading

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Marriage by Dan Gerber

American Life in Poetry: Column 376 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE Though most of us are not formally known as diplomats, many of us learn to be experts at domestic diplomacy, and the sorts of complex negotiations we find … Continue reading

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Disarmed

“American Life in Poetry: Column 372 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE We’ve published a number of engaging poems about parenthood in this column, and we keep finding more. Here’s Wendy Videlock, who lives in Colorado, taking a look into … Continue reading

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The Owl by Edward Thomas

On 17 March 2012 I wrote about the owl which haunts my garden and the nearby park. His voice is mournful but also provides company for those who, like me hear his song. In the below poem the English poet, … Continue reading

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Enigmatic Girl

Full of sunshine you smile or laugh. You sing and all seems right with the world. Your happiness is infectious, I smile at the unexpected pleasure “she remembers my name”. Always busy, flitting from table to table and thence back … Continue reading

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Jenny by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

“Vengeance of Jenny’s case! Fie on her! Never name her, child!”—Mrs. Quickly Lazy laughing languid Jenny, Fond of a kiss and fond of a guinea, Whose head upon my knee to-night Rests for a while, as if grown light With … Continue reading

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