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A Soul's Soliloquy by Wenonah Stevens Abbott
Ode by Joseph Addison
If I Only Was The Fellow by Will S. Adkin
Burial Of Moses by Cecil Frances Alexander
The Doomed Man by Joseph Addison Alexander
You And I by Henry Alford
John Maynard by Horatio, Jr. Alger
My Mother's Garden by Alice E. Allen
Rock Me To Sleep by Elizabeth Akers Allen
The Woman I Am by Glen Allen
The Coming Of His Feet by Lyman Whitney Allen
Beautiful Things by Ellen P. Allerton
Derelict; A Reminiscence Of R.l.s.'s Treasure Island by Young Ewing Allison
Another Reply To In Flanders Fields by J. A. Armstrong
The Secret Of Death by Edwin Arnold
Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
Be Strong by Maltbie Davenport Babcock
Then Laugh by Bertha Adams Backus
My Trundle Bed by J. G. Baker
Mizpah by Julia A. Baker
Growing Old by Karle Wilson Baker
Tadoussac by Charles Bancroft
My Dog by John Kendrick Bangs
What I Live For by George Linnaeus Banks
Life [and Death] by Anna Letitia (aikin) Barbauld
The Birds' Ball by C. W. Bardeen
The Town Of Don't-you-worry by I. J. Bartlett
America The Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates
The Mistletoe Bough by Thomas Haynes Bayly
Not One To Spare by Ethel Lynn Beers
Mary, Queen Of Scots by Henry Glassford Bell
Her Answer by John (1865-1956) Bennett
In A Rose Garden by John (1865-1956) Bennett
O God, The Rock Of Ages by Edward Henry Bickersteth
A Woman's Answer To The Vampire by Felicia Blake
The Sidewalks Of New York by James W. Blake
Vagabond House by Don Blanding
A Prayer For A Little Home by Florence Bone
A Boston Toast by John Collins Bossidy
Light [and Love] by Francis William Bourdillon
Not Understood by Thomas Bracken
Do It Now by Berton Braley
Loyalty by Berton Braley
A Prayer by Berton Braley
The Thinker by Berton Braley
Poor Lil' Brack Sheep by Ethel M. C. Brazelton
Shanahan's Ould Queen by Gerald Brennan
I Think I Know No Finer Things Than Dogs by Hally Carrington Brent
Somebody's Mother by Mary Dow Brine
No Coward Soul Is Mine by Emily Jane Bronte
Reward Of Service by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sonnets From The Portuguese: 38 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
A Woman's Shortcomings by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sometime, Somewhere by Ophelia G. Browning
Pippa's Song [or, Morning] by Robert Browning
A Woman's Last Word by Robert Browning
The African Chief by William Cullen Bryant
The Last Review by Emily J. Bugbee
There Is No Death by Edward Robert Bulwer-lytton
The Wanderer: 2. In France: Aux Italiens by Edward Robert Bulwer-lytton
Petra by John William Burgon
The Weaver by William Henry Burleigh
Man's Inhumanity To Man by Robert Burns
To A Louse, On Seeing One On A Lady's Bonnet At Church by Robert Burns
Waiting by John Burroughs
The Destruction Of Sennacherib by George Gordon Byron
Epitaph To A Dog by George Gordon Byron
Farewell To His Wife by George Gordon Byron
She Walks In Beauty by George Gordon Byron
Lady Byron's Reply To Lord Byron's Fare Thee Well by Lady Byron
Ossian's Serenade by Calder Campbell
Hallowed Ground by Thomas Campbell
Ye Mariners Of England by Thomas Campbell
The Country Doctor by William Mckendree Carleton
The Doctor's Story by William Mckendree Carleton
Over The Hill To The Poor-house by William Mckendree Carleton
Little Things by Julia A. Fletcher Carney
Each In His Own Tongue by William Herbert Carruth
The Sycophantic Fox And The Gullible Raven by Guy Wetmore Carryl
My Patch Of Blue by Mary Newland Carson
Young Charlottie by William Lorenzo Carter
Among The Beautiful Pictures by Alice Cary
An Order For A Picture by Alice Cary
Our Heroes by Phoebe Cary
Suppose by Phoebe Cary
The Abiding Love by John White Chadwick
Out Where The West Begins by Arthur Chapman
The Child On The Judgment Seat by Elizabeth Rundell Charles
The Tapestry Weavers by Anson G. Chester
Red Geraniums by Martha Haskell Clark
The Fighting Race by Joseph Ignatius Constantine Clarke
No Sect [or Sects] In Heaven by Elizabeth H. Jocelyn Cleaveland
Cleopatra Dying by Thomas Stephens Collier
The Indian Hunter by Eliza Cook
The Sailor's Grave by Eliza Cook
Where There's A Will There's A Way by Eliza Cook
Born Without A Chance by Edmund Vance Cooke
Fin De Siecle by Edmund Vance Cooke
How Did You Die by Edmund Vance Cooke
Rags by Edmund Vance Cooke
The Three Wise Couples by Elizabeth T. Corbett
Three Wise Old Women by Elizabeth T. Corbett
To A Fat Lady Seen From The Train by Frances Crofts Darwin Cornford
Miss You by David Cory
I Praise The Frenchman, His Remark Was Shrewd by William Cowper
Watchwords by Arthur Cleveland Coxe
Douglas, Douglas, Tender And True by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Friendship by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Love by Roy Croft
Through The Year by Julian S. Cutler
The Face On The [bar-room] Floor by Hugh Antoine D'arcy
If I Had Known by Mary Carolyn Davies
A Prayer For Every Day by Mary Carolyn Davies
To A Friend by Grace Stricker Dawson
The Captain; After Reading Henley's Invictus by Dorothea Day
Three Gates [of Gold] by Elizabeth Dayton
Sorrow by Aubrey Thomas De Vere
Life's Mirror by Mary Ainge De Vere
Lasca by Frank Desprez
Lullaby Town by John Irving Diller
Bishop Doane On His Dog by George Washington Doane
Evening by George Washington Doane
Life Sculpture by George Washington Doane
The Modern Baby by William Croswell Doane
The Preacher's Mistake by William Croswell Doane
The Chemistry Of Character by Elizabeth Dorney
The Legend Of The Organ-builder by Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr
In A Hundred Years by Elizabeth Doten
The Christian's Good-night by Sarah Doudney
The Water Mill by Sarah Doudney
The Revel by Bartholomew Dowling
Revelry Of The Dying by Bartholomew Dowling
Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae by Ernest Dowson
Hold Fast Your Dreams! by Louise Driscoll
My Garden Is A Pleasant Place by Louise Driscoll
The Bridge Builder by Will Allen Dromgoole
The Julie Plante by William Henry Drummond
Where Are You Going, Great-heart? by William Arthur Dunkerley
Three Grains Of Corn; The Irish Famine by Amelia Blandford Edwards
The Church Walking With The World by Matilda Caroline Edwards
A Prayer by Max Ehrmann
Now The Labourer's Task Is O'er by John Ellerton
Corn Law Rhymes, Sels. by Ebenezer Elliott
Concord Hymn; Sung At Completion Of Concord Monument, 1836 by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Boy Reciter by David Everett
The Bank Thief by J. R. Farrell
Bachelor Hall by Eugene Field
Wynken, Blynken And Nod by Eugene Field
The Owl Critic by James Thomas Fields
The Blue And The Gray by Francis Miles Finch
The Land Of Beginning Again by Louisa Fletcher
At The Place Of The Sea by Annie Johnson Flint
Drop A Pebble In The Water by James William Foley
A Hundred Years From Now by Mary A. Ford
To My Nose by Alfred Henry Forrester
The Weaver by Fanny Forrester
The Coming American by Sam Walter Foss
The House By The Side Of The Road by Sam Walter Foss
The Rose Beyond The Wall by A. L. Frank
The Human Touch by Spencer Michael Free
My Church by E. O. G.
My Evening Prayer by Charles H. Gabriel
The Closed Door by Theodosia (pickering) Garrison
The Torch by Theodosia (pickering) Garrison
Sleep Sweet by Ellen M. Huntington Gates
Your Mission by Ellen M. Huntington Gates
The Yarn Of The 'nancy Bell' by William Schwenck Gilbert
Christ And The Little Ones by Julia Gill
Need Of Loving by Strickland Gillilan
The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan
Watch Yourself Go By by Strickland Gillilan
I Want You by Arthur L. Gillom
It Isn't The Town; It's You by R. W. Glover
Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog by Oliver Goldsmith
Jack Frost by Hannah Flagg Gould
Like Mother, Like Son by Margaret Johnstone Graflin
She Is More To Be Pitied Than Censured by William B. Gray
Let Me Walk With The Men In The Road by Walter J. Gresham
I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In by L. R. Gribble
O Brazil, The Isle Of The Blest by Gerald Joseph Griffin
Song by Gerald Joseph Griffin
My Neigbor's Roses by A. L. Gruber
A Friend's Greeting by Edgar Albert Guest
Home (2) by Edgar Albert Guest
It Couldn't Be Done by Edgar Albert Guest
Lord, Make A Regular Man Out Of Me by Edgar Albert Guest
Myself by Edgar Albert Guest
Out In The Fields [with God] by Louise Imogen Guiney
Strictly Germ-proof by Arthur Guiterman
The Lord God Planted A Garden by Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney
The Builder by Hattie Vose Hall
Eat And Walk by James Norman Hall
On The Death Of Joseph Rodman Drake by Fitz-greene Halleck
Along The Road by Robert Browning Hamilton
Through Death To Life by Henry Harbaugh
Trouble In The 'amen Corner' by Thomas Chalmers Harbaugh
My Dad's Dinner Pail by Edward Harrigan
Plain Language From Truthful James by Francis Bret Harte
Down And Out by Clarence Leonard Hay
The Enchanted Shirt by John Milton Hay
The Green Eye Of The Yellow God by J. Milton Hayes
Any Husband Or Wife by Carol Haynes
The Last Hymn by Anne Mary Hearn
Good Fortune by Heinrich Heine
Casabianca by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
The Child's First Grief by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
The Landing Of The Pilgrim Fathers In New England by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Echoes: 37. To W.a. by William Ernest Henley
Echoes: 4. Invictus by William Ernest Henley
To The Virgins, To Make Much Of Time by Robert Herrick
Whenas In Silks My Julia Goes by Robert Herrick
Mother Shipton's Prophecies by Charles Hindley
Give Us Men by Josiah Gilbert Holland
The Need For Men by Josiah Gilbert Holland
Where Shall The Baby's Dimple Be? by Josiah Gilbert Holland
Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A Parody On A Psalm Of Life by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Past And Present by Thomas Hood
Duty by Ellen Sturgis Hooper
Land Of The Free by Arthur Nicholas Hosking
Battle Hymn Of The Republic by Julia Ward Howe
My Son by James D. Hughes
Abou Ben Adhem by James Henry Leigh Hunt
Jenny Kissed Me by James Henry Leigh Hunt
You Kissed Me by Josephine Slocum Hunt
Katie Lee And Willie Grey by Josie R. Hunt
Seven Times One [- Childhood. Exultation] by Jean Ingelow
The Wedding Gift by Minna Irving
The Worried Skipper by Wallace Irwin
October's Bright Blue Weather by Helen Maria Hunt Fiske Jackson
Immortality by Joseph Jefferson
We Have Lived And Loved Together by Charles Jefferys
Jeannette And Jeannot by Charles Jeffries
Jeannot's Answer by Charles Jeffries
Signs Of Rain [or, Foul Weather] by Edward Jenner
The Sermon In A Stocking by Ellen A. Jewett
Day Dreams, Or Ten Years Old by Margaret (19th Century-) Johnson
Did You Ever Hear An English Sparrow Sing? by Bertha Johnston
Lines On The Back Of A Confederate Note by Samuel Alroy Jonas
How Big Was Alexander? by Elijah Jones
Who Loves A Garden by Louise Seymour Jones
What Constitutes A State? by William Jones
La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats
On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer by John Keats
The Star-spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
The House With Nobody In It by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Trees by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
A Farewell [to C.e.g.] by Charles Kingsley
Boots by Rudyard Kipling
The Female Of The Species by Rudyard Kipling
If by Rudyard Kipling
'the Power Of The Dog' by Rudyard Kipling
Recessional by Rudyard Kipling
Supplication Of The Black Aberdeen by Rudyard Kipling
The Vampire by Rudyard Kipling
The Winners by Rudyard Kipling
The Fighter by Samuel Ellsworth Kiser
Out There Somewhere by Henry (harry) Herbert Knibbs
Co-operation by J. Mason Knox
Mortality by William Knox
The Blue Bowl by Blanche Bane Kuder
Somebody's Darling by Marie La Conte
The Old Familiar Faces by Charles Lamb
Drifting Sands And A Caravan by Yolande Langworthy
Song Of Hope by Mary Artemisia Lathbury
A Woman's Question by Lena Lathrop
The Unknown by Elmer O. Laughlin
Motherhood by Agnes Lee
Happiness by Priscilla Leonard
A Cry From The Canadian Hills by Lilian Leveridge
America's Answer by R. W. Lillard
Memory by Abraham Lincoln
The Old Oaken Bucket by Abraham Lincoln
Kings Of France by Mary W. Lincoln
Retribution by Friedrich Von Logau
The Day Is Done by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Tales Of A Wayside Inn: 1. Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There Was A Little Girl by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ultima Thule: From My Arm-chair, To Children Of Cambridge by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Wreck Of The Hesperus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Legend Of The Admen by Everett W. Lord
Your Church And Mine by Phillips H. Lord
Walk Slowly by Adelaide Love
To Althea, From Prison by Richard Lovelace
The First Snowfall by James Russell Lowell
Yussouf by James Russell Lowell
The Curate Thinks You Have No Soul by St. John Lucas
Socrates Snooks by Fitzhugh Ludlow
Antony And [or, To] Cleopatra by William Haines Lytle
The Baby, Fr. At The Back Of The North Wind by George Macdonald
Phantasies by George Macdonald
No Mean City by Patrick Macdonogh
Only Waiting by Frances Laughton Mace
The Ship by Charles Mackay
A Fence Or An Ambulance by Joseph Malins
Be The Best Of Whatever You Are by Douglas Malloch
It's Fine Today by Douglas Malloch
Opportunity by Walter Malone
Who Are My People? by Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni
A Creed by Edwin Markham
How The Great Guest Came by Edwin Markham
The Man With The Hoe by Edwin Markham
The Man With The Hoe Outwitted by Edwin Markham
The Right Kind Of People by Edwin Markham
Not Thou But I by Philip Bourke Marston
When I Am Old by Caroline Atherton Briggs Mason
When I Get Time by Thomas Lansing Masson
In Flanders Fields by John Mccrae
There Is No Death by John Luckey Mccreery
Casey - Twenty Years Later by S. P. Mcdonald
Said The Rose by George Henry Miles
How Far To Bethlehem? by Madeleine Sweeny Miller
Reply To In Flanders Fields by John Mitchell
A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore
Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms by Thomas Moore
The Lake Of The Dismal Swamp; Written At Norfolk, Virginia by Thomas Moore
The Last Rose Of Summer by Thomas Moore
God The Artist by Angela Morgan
Today by Angela Morgan
Kate Kearny by Sady Morgan
Woodman, Spare That Tree! by George Pope Morris
We Meet Upon The Level, And Part Upon The Square by Robert Morris
What The Choir Sang About The New Bonnet by M. T, Morrison
Nobody Knows But Mother by Mary Morrison
Who Walks With Beauty by David Morton
Monday's Child by Mother Goose
Forget Thee? by John Moultrie
Emancipation by Mrs. C. B. F. [pseud.]
Carcassonne by Gustave Nadaud
All To Myself by Wilbur Dick Nesbit
Who Hath A Book by Wilbur Dick Nesbit
Vitai Lampada by Henry Newbolt
Owed To New York - 1906 by Byron Rufus Newton
Kashmiri Song by Adele Florence Cory Nicolson
The Arab To His Favorite Steed by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Sheridan Norton
Bingen On The Rhine by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Sheridan Norton
A Malemute Dog by Pat O'cotter
The Bivouac Of The Dead by Theodore O'hara
My Mother's Prayer by T. C. O'kane
The Cry Of The Dreamer by John Boyle O'reilly
A Wonderful Mother by Pat O'reilly
Riding Down From Bangor by Louis Shreve Osborne
A Modest Wit by Selleck Osborne
The Ballad Of Yukon Jake by Edward E., Jr. Paramore
New Friends And Old Friends by Joseph Parry
Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed by Luther Patrick
Home, Sweet Home, Fr. Clari, The Maid Of Milan by John Howard Payne
To A Dog by Josephine Preston Peabody
The Town Of Nogood by W. E. Penny
The Common Road by Silas H. Perkins
To A Child Who Inquires by Olga Petrova
Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Empties Coming Back by Angelo De Ponciana
Thou Hast Wounded The Spirit That Loved Thee by Mrs. David Porter
Fidelis by Adelaide Anne Procter
Life by Nan Terrell Reed
Vases by Nan Terrell Reed
A Wise Old Owl Sat On An Oak by Edward Hersey Richards
Away by James Whitcomb Riley
Griggsby's Station by James Whitcomb Riley
An Old Sweetheart [of Mine] by James Whitcomb Riley
Out Of The Hitherwhere Into The by James Whitcomb Riley
My Wage by Jessie Bell Rittenhouse
The Path That Leads To Nowhere by Corinne Roosevelt Robinson
Beauty As A Shield by Elsie Robinson
I Fights Mit Sigel! by Grant P. Robinson
Ad Coelum by Harry Romaine
The Men Behind The Guns by John Jerome Rooney
Kaiser & Co. by Alexander Macgregor Rose
The Unknown Soldier by Billy Rose
Up-hill by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Doan't You Be What You Ain't by Edwin Milton Royle
And Then No More by Friedrich Rueckert
The Japanese Lovers by Horace Russell
De Fust Banjo by Irwin Russell
Midsummer by Sydney King Russell
Gulistan, Sels. by Mosharref Od-din Ibn Mosleh Od-din Sadi
Our Own by Margaret Elizabeth Munson Sangster
The Sin Of Omission by Margaret Elizabeth Munson Sangster
Building For Eternity by N. B. Sargent
The Blind Men And The Elephant by John Godfrey Saxe
The Game Of Life; A Homily by John Godfrey Saxe
To The Men Who Lose by George L. Scarborough
Leo To His Mistress by Henry Dwight Sedgwick
Rendezvous by Alan Seeger
To My Setter, Scout by Frank H. Selden
The Men That Don't Fit In by Robert William Service
My Madonna by Robert William Service
The Spell Of The Yukon by Robert William Service
A Bag Of Tools by R. L. Sharpe
The Handwriting On The Wall by Knowles Shaw
Love's Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley
In Memoriam: Leo, A Yellow Cat by Margaret Sherwood
I Know Something Good About You by Louis C. Shimon
Opportunity by Edward Rowland Sill
Christmas Day In The Workhouse by George Robert Sims
Ostler Joe by George Robert Sims
St. Peter At The Gate by Joseph Bert Smiley
If I Should Die Tonight by Arabella Eugenia Smith
Song by Florence Smith
Evolution by Langdon Smith
This, Too, Shall Pass Away by Lanta Wilson Smith
If We Knew; Or, Blessings Of To-day by May Louise Riley Smith
My Life Is A Bowl Which Is Mine by May Louise Riley Smith
Sometime by May Louise Riley Smith
Sometime by May Louise Riley Smith
Annie And Willie's Prayer by Sophia P. Snow
Fate by Susan Marr Spalding
Tragedy by Jill Spargur
Beth Gelert; Or, The Grave Of The Greyhound by William Robert Spencer
The Blackberry Girl by Nancy Sproat
Admonition by Philip Stack
The Little Cat Angel by Leontine Stanfield
How He Saved St. Michael's by Mary Anna Phinney Stansbury
The Moneyless Man by Henry Thompson Stanton
The Organist by George W. Stevens
The Departed Friend by Robert Louis Stevenson
I Saw God Wash The World Last Night by William Leroy Stidger
The History Of The U.s by Winifred Sackville Stoner
Prayer For A Very New Angel by Violet Alleyn Storey
Conscience by Charles William Stubbs
Roses In December by Geoffrey Anketell Studdert-kennedy
Home Is Where There's One To Love Us by Charles Swain
Ballade Of Francois Villon, As He Was About To Die by John D. Swain
The Garden Of Proserpine by Algernon Charles Swinburne
My Mother by Ann Taylor
The Long Ago by Benjamin Franklin Taylor
A Scandal Among The Flowers by Charles S. Taylor
The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred Tennyson
Flower In The Crannied Wall by Alfred Tennyson
No Funeral Gloom by Ellen Terry
The Sorrows Of Werther by William Makepeace Thackeray
Casey At The Bat (1) by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
What Is Charm by Louisa Carroll Thomas
Music In Camp by John Reuben Thompson
The High Tide At Gettysburg by Will Henry Thompson
To My Unborn Son by Cyril Morton Thorne
Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight by Rose Hartwick Thorpe
Even This Shall Pass Away by Theodore Tilton
At Nightfall by Charles Hanson Towne
City Roofs by Charles Hanson Towne
The Creed by Mary Ashley Townsend
The Vagabonds by John Townsend Trowbridge
Death Is A Door by Nancy Byrd Turner
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Understanding by Nixon Waterman
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Against Quarrelling And Fighting by Isaac Watts
An Ancient Prayer by Thomas Harry Basil Webb
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The Touch Of The Master's Hand by Myra Brooks Welch
An Overworked Elocutionist by Carolyn Wells
Growing Old by Rollin J. Wells
Who Has Known Heights by Mary Brent Whiteside
The Kneeling Camel by Anna Temple Whitney
In School-days by John Greenleaf Whittier
Ad Finem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I Love You by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Interlude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Lifting And Leaning by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Progress by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Queen's Last Ride by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Talk Happiness by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Two Glasses by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Whatever Is, Is Best by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Will (1) by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Winds Of Fate by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Worth While by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
You Can Never Tell by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Is It True? by Sarah (sadie) Williams
The Old Astronomer To His Pupil by Sarah (sadie) Williams
Casey's Revenge; A Reply To 'casey At The Bat' by James (19th Century-) Wilson
The Canadian Boat Song by John (1785-1854) Wilson
The Old Oaken Bucket by Samuel Woodworth
Kentucky Belle by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Daffodils by William Wordsworth
Lucy (2) by William Wordsworth
The Rainbow [in The Sky] by William Wordsworth
We Are Seven by William Wordsworth
Grandfather's Clock by Henry Clay Work
The Ship That Never Returned by Henry Clay Work
The Want Of You by Ivan Leonard Wright
I Hear It Said by Barbara Young
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  • Publisher: Doubleday; Reissue edition (October 1, 1936)
  • Language: English
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There's a distinct nineteenth century feel to this wide-ranging collection of mostly American verse, as though perhaps one might encounter the book by the bedside of Huck Finn's benefactor, the Widow Douglas. Ah, but it's really not that old. First published in 1936 and dedicated to the memory of Adolph S. Ochs, long-time publisher of the New York Times, by editor Hazel Felleman, this is a collection for Everyman. The fact that it's still in print is tribute to Felleman's good sense of what people like. No known species of poetry is shunned. Verse, ditty and doggerel stand side by side with Shelley and Keats (but no Shakespeare!). There are rousing Sousa stanzas and homey hymn-like lines respecting home and hearth, flag and country, and tributes to the dog. There are also epigrams and epithets and limericks and songs sung blue. Felleman arranges the contents by subject matter, beginning with "Love and Friendship" followed by "Inspiration" through "Patriotism and War," "Memory and Grief," etc., ending with "Nature," "Animals," and "Various Themes." There's a slew of poems by "Unknown," some of them doing a mighty justice to anonymity, e.g., "Get a Transfer" ("If you are on the Gloomy Line/ Get a transfer/If you're inclined to fret and pine/Get a transfer...") There are "answers" to popular poems, and burlesques and parodies aplenty. Here you'll find, if you've been looking (and even if you haven't), "Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines" and "Animal Fair" ("The birds and the bees were there!"), and Joyce Kilmer's much, much maligned "Trees" ("...only God can make a tree"), but also Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade," and Poe's "The Raven," and Keats's "La Belle Dame sans Merci" and William Wordsworth's "Daffodils."

Did I mention there's no Shakespeare? One wonders why.
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By Anne on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My parents gave this volume to me for Christmas when I was just 10. I was and still am a voracious reader, captivated by the rhythm and meter of language. This book introduced me to poetry in a fun, enjoyable way. The broad categories include: Love and Friendship, Inspiration, Poems that tell a Story, Faith and Reverence, Home and Mother, Childhood and Youth, Patriotism and War, Humor and Whimsey, Memory and Grief, Nature, Animals, and Various Themes. As an adult, the poems selected in this 670 page tome are not all of my favorites, but they yet strike a gentle idealistic chord in my soul. They ring with the thoughts of a bygone era, before mass media distracted people from books. Yes, they are romantic, yes they are old-fashioned, yes many of them are not of the highest literary quality. Yet I love them for their quirkiness and old-fashioned thoughts. And in many ways as I read, I cannot help but think that we are not so very different from our ancestors, after all. I highly recommend this book.
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By A Customer on September 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This collection of poems, copyrighted in 1936, was compiled by Hazel Felleman, who drew on her 15-year experience as editor of the Queries and Answers page of The New York Times Book Review. She received multiple inquiries daily from all over the country about favorite poems, learning much about the poetry preferences of Americans. She used that knowledge to great advantage in this selection of poems. Many of the poems that I remember from school (I'm an American), up to and including college, are here. Although I don't consider myself a lover of poetry, this book is one of my favorites (definitely my favorite poetry book among several that I own), one that I refer to often. My grandchildren also greatly enjoy being read to aloud from it.
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Hazel Felleman was editor of the Queries and Answers page of the New York Times for nearly 15 years. In that time, she had the opportunity to research and discover many a bizarre and odd fact. However, one of the most frequent requests was that of finding a favorite poem or author. It is out of this experience that she collected the works in this volume, The Best Loved Poems of the American People, published in 1936. She said she used this sampling of people's preferences rather than her own in collecting the works in this volume. Of course, today we would know that the readership of the New York Times is a fairly specific subset of the American people, not necessarily fairly representative of the whole, and those who write to the New York Times are yet an even more rarified subset. In any case, this is a good collection drawn from a widely cast net of inquiries.
Felleman put the poems in categories thematically. These are the broad themes of the book:
+ Love and Friendship
+ Inspiration
+ Poems that Tell a Story
+ Faith and Reverence
+ Home and Mother
+ Childhood and Youth
+ Patriotism and War
+ Humor and Whimsey
+ Memory and Grief
+ Nature
+ Animals
+ Various Themes
There are a lot of poems here with Unknown listed for the author, verses rather famous but either not attributed to any particular person, or attributed to too many people, the true origin of which could not be verified.
These are not all American poets. These are poems that Americans love, so naturally there are many poets from the British side, and various poems from other languages that have been translated into English. Wordsworth, Byron, Arnold, Tennyson, Burns and Kipling figure prominently.
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