Poetry Guides

LitCharts Poetry Guides will help you actually understand poetry, with line-by-line analysis, a modern translation, and explanations of speaker, setting, meter, rhyme scheme, poetic devices, and more.

Abou Ben Adhem
Leigh Hunt
Acquainted with the Night
Robert Frost
Ae Fond Kiss
Robert Burns
After Apple-Picking
Robert Frost
Afternoon with Irish Cows
Billy Collins
Annabel Lee
Edgar Allan Poe
Anthem for Doomed Youth
Wilfred Owen
The Applicant
Sylvia Plath
The Arrival of the Bee Box
Sylvia Plath
An Arundel Tomb
Philip Larkin
As imperceptibly as grief
Emily Dickinson
Attack
Siegfried Sassoon
Aunt Jennifer's Tigers
Adrienne Rich
The Ballad of the Landlord
Langston Hughes
Bayonet Charge
Ted Hughes
Beach Burial
Kenneth Slessor
Because I could not stop for Death —
Emily Dickinson
Belfast Confetti
Ciaran Carson
Blackberry-Picking
Seamus Heaney
Bright star
John Keats
The Brook
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Caged Bird
Maya Angelou
The Caged Skylark
Gerard Manley Hopkins
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Checking Out Me History
John Agard
The Chimney Sweeper (Songs of Experience)
William Blake
The Chimney Sweeper (Songs of Innocence)
William Blake
Climbing My Grandfather
Andrew Waterhouse
Composed upon Westminster Bridge
William Wordsworth
Cousin Kate
Christina Rossetti
Cozy Apologia
Rita Dove
Crossing the Bar
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Daddy
Sylvia Plath
The Darkling Thrush
Thomas Hardy
Death of a Naturalist
Seamus Heaney
Death, be not proud
John Donne
The Destruction of Sennacherib
Lord Byron
Digging
Seamus Heaney
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Dylan Thomas
Dover Beach
Matthew Arnold
A Dream Within a Dream
Edgar Allan Poe
The Duck and the Kangaroo
Edward Lear
Dulce et Decorum Est
Wilfred Owen
Easter, 1916
William Butler Yeats
Eden Rock
Charles Causley
Education For Leisure
Carol Ann Duffy
The Emigrée
Carol Rumens
The Emperor of Ice-Cream
Wallace Stevens
The Eolian Harp
Samuel Coleridge
Exposure
Wilfred Owen
Fever 103°
Sylvia Plath
Fire and Ice
Robert Frost
The Flea
John Donne
Follower
Seamus Heaney
For Heidi With Blue Hair
Fleur Adcock
Funeral Blues (Stop all the clocks)
W. H. Auden
Futility
Wilfred Owen
The Garden of Love
William Blake
God's Grandeur
Gerard Manley Hopkins
The Good-Morrow
John Donne
Half-Caste
John Agard
Hawk Roosting
Ted Hughes
The Hollow Men
T. S. Eliot
Hope is the thing with feathers
Emily Dickinson
How do I love thee (Sonnet 43)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Huswifery
Edward Taylor
I Hear America Singing
Walt Whitman
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
William Wordsworth
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
Emily Dickinson
I heard a Fly buzz - when I died -
Emily Dickinson
I, Too
Langston Hughes
If We Must Die
Claude McKay
In Flanders Fields
John McCrae
In Mrs Tilscher’s Class
Carol Ann Duffy
In a Station of the Metro
Ezra Pound
Invictus
William Ernest Henley
An Irish Airman Foresees his Death
William Butler Yeats
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Emily Dickinson
Jabberwocky
Lewis Carroll
Journey of the Magi
T. S. Eliot
Kamikaze
Beatrice Garland
Kubla Khan
Samuel Coleridge
La Belle Dame sans Merci
John Keats
Lady Lazarus
Sylvia Plath
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
William Butler Yeats
The Lamb
William Blake
The Lammas Hireling
Ian Duhig
Leda and the Swan
William Butler Yeats
Let America Be America Again
Langston Hughes
Letters from Yorkshire
Maura Dooley
The Listeners
Walter De La Mare
Little Red Cap
Carol Ann Duffy
Living Space
Imtiaz Dharker
London
William Blake
London Snow
Robert Bridges
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
T. S. Eliot
Love’s Philosophy
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Mad Girl's Love Song
Sylvia Plath
Mametz Wood
Owen Sheers
The Man He Killed
Thomas Hardy
The Manhunt
Simon Armitage
Meeting at Night
Robert Browning
Mending Wall
Robert Frost
Mid-Term Break
Seamus Heaney
Mother to Son
Langston Hughes
Mother, any distance
Simon Armitage
Much Madness is divinest Sense -
Emily Dickinson
Musée des Beaux Arts
W. H. Auden
My Last Duchess
Robert Browning
My Life had stood - a Loaded Gun
Emily Dickinson
My Papa’s Waltz
Theodore Roethke
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Langston Hughes
Neutral Tones
Thomas Hardy
The New Colossus
Emma Lazarus
No, Thank You, John
Christina Rossetti
A Noiseless Patient Spider
Walt Whitman
Not Waving but Drowning
Stevie Smith
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Robert Frost
O Captain! My Captain!
Walt Whitman
Ode on Melancholy
John Keats
Ode on a Grecian Urn
John Keats
Ode to a Nightingale
John Keats
Ode to the West Wind
Percy Bysshe Shelley
On Being Brought from Africa to America
Phillis Wheatley
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
John Keats
On My First Daughter
Ben Jonson
On My First Son
Ben Jonson
Out, Out—
Robert Frost
Ozymandias
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Christopher Marlowe
Pied Beauty
Gerard Manley Hopkins
A Poison Tree
William Blake
Poppies
Jane Weir
Porphyria's Lover
Robert Browning
Preludes
T. S. Eliot
Prometheus
Lord Byron
Prothalamion
Edmund Spenser
A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Red Wheelbarrow
William Carlos Williams
A Red, Red Rose
Robert Burns
Refugee Blues
W. H. Auden
Remains
Simon Armitage
Rhapsody on a Windy Night
T. S. Eliot
Richard Cory
Edwin Arlington Robinson
The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost
Sailing to Byzantium
William Butler Yeats
The Scrutiny
Richard Lovelace
The Second Coming
William Butler Yeats
She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways
William Wordsworth
She Walks in Beauty
Lord Byron
The Soldier
Rupert Brooke
The Solitary Reaper
William Wordsworth
Sonnet 116
William Shakespeare
Sonnet 130
William Shakespeare
Sonnet 138
William Shakespeare
Sonnet 18
William Shakespeare
Sonnet 19: When I consider how my light is spent
John Milton
Sonnet 29
William Shakespeare
Sonnet 30
William Shakespeare
Sonnet 73
William Shakespeare
Sonnet 7
John Milton
Still I Rise
Maya Angelou
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Robert Frost
Storm on the Island
Seamus Heaney
Strange Fruit
Abel Meeropol
Strange Meeting
Wilfred Owen
Success is counted sweetest
Emily Dickinson
The Sun Rising
John Donne
Tears, Idle Tears
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Telephone Conversation
Wole Soyinka
Theme for English B
Langston Hughes
There's a certain Slant of light
Emily Dickinson
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Wallace Stevens
This Is a Photograph of Me
Margaret Atwood
This is my letter to the world
Emily Dickinson
Those Winter Sundays
Robert Hayden
Tissue
Imtiaz Dharker
To Autumn
John Keats
To His Coy Mistress
Andrew Marvell
To His Mistress Going to Bed
John Donne
To My Dear and Loving Husband
Anne Bradstreet
To My Nine-Year-Old Self
Helen Dunmore
To a Mouse
Robert Burns
To an Athlete Dying Young
A. E. Housman
The Trees are Down
Charlotte Mew
The Tyger
William Blake
Ulysses
Alfred Lord Tennyson
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
John Donne
Valentine
Carol Ann Duffy
The Voice of the Rain
Walt Whitman
Walking Away
Cecil Day-Lewis
War Photographer
Carol Ann Duffy
Warming Her Pearls
Carol Ann Duffy
Watching for Dolphins
David Constantine
We Real Cool
Gwendolyn Brooks
We Wear the Mask
Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Weary Blues
Langston Hughes
What lips my lips have kissed
Edna St. Vincent Millay
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
Walt Whitman
When I Was One-and-Twenty
A. E. Housman
When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be
John Keats
When We Two Parted
Lord Byron
When You Are Old
William Butler Yeats
The White Man's Burden
Rudyard Kipling
The Whitsun Weddings
Philip Larkin
Whoso List to Hunt
Sir Thomas Wyatt
A Wife In London
Thomas Hardy
The Wild Swans at Coole
William Butler Yeats
Wild nights - Wild nights!
Emily Dickinson
Winter Swans
Owen Sheers
The World Is Too Much With Us
William Wordsworth