A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

Poems I Love

I want to share and celebrate some of my favorite poems. These are all famous poems as well as ones I’ve come to especially enjoy and identify with. They are also all (at least as far as I know) in the public domain—I can’t post any contemporary poems that are not my own, of course! On many of the pages I’ve also linked to blog posts I’ve written about the poem.

W. H. Auden:

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Emily Dickinson:

“Hope is a thing with feathers”

“I taste a liquor never brewed”

“I’ll tell you how the Sun rose”

“A Man may make a Remark”

“No Rack can torture me”

“There is no Frigate like a Book”

“We never know how high we are”

John Donne:

“A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”

Robert Frost:

“Acquainted with the Night”


“The Road Not Taken”

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Thomas Hardy:


A.E. Housman:

“Terence, this is stupid stuff”

John Keats:

“Ode on a Grecian Urn”

Rudyard Kipling:


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:


“A Psalm of Life”

“The Rainy Day”

James Russell Lowell:

excerpt from “The First Snowfall”

Edwin Arlington Robinson:

“The Clerks”

William Shakespeare:

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds” (Sonnet 116)

“My mistress’s eyes are nothing like the sun” (Sonnet 130)

“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” (From Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5)

“When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes” (Sonnet 29)

Alfred, Lord Tennyson:


Frederick Goddard Tuckerman:

“Sometimes I walk where the deep water dips”

Walt Whitman:

“A Noiseless Patient spider”

William Wordsworth:

“The Daffodils”

“The World Is Too Much with Us”


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