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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
Absent from thee (A Song)
An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow
Acquainted with the Night
Ae Fond Kiss
An African Thunderstorm
After Apple-Picking
After great pain, a formal feeling comes –
Afternoon with Irish Cows
Among School Children
Anecdote of the Jar
Annabel Lee
Anthem for Doomed Youth
anyone lived in a pretty how town
The Applicant
The Arrival of the Bee Box
An Arundel Tomb
As imperceptibly as grief
At an Inn
Aunt Jennifer's Tigers
The Author to Her Book
An awful Tempest mashed the air—
Ballad of Birmingham
The Ballad of the Landlord
Barn Owl
Batter My Heart, Three-Person'd God
Bayonet Charge
Beach Burial
The Bean Eaters
Beat! Beat! Drums!
Because I could not stop for Death —
Before the Birth of One of Her Children
Before You Were Mine
Belfast Confetti
Between the World and Me
A Bird came down the Walk
The Black Man's Burden
The Black Walnut Tree
Blowin’ in the Wind
The Brain—is wider than the Sky—
Break, Break, Break
Bright star
The Brook
The Buck in the Snow
Caged Bird
The Caged Skylark
Channel Firing
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Checking Out Me History
The Chimney Sweeper (Experience)
The Chimney Sweeper (Innocence)
Climbing My Grandfather
The Clod and the Pebble
A Complaint
Composed upon Westminster Bridge
Constantly Risking Absurdity
The Convergence of the Twain
Cousin Kate
Cozy Apologia
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
Crossing the Bar
The Cry of the Children
The Darkling Thrush
Daybreak in Alabama
Death, be not proud
Death of a Naturalist
Death of a Teacher
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
Delight in Disorder
The Destruction of Sennacherib
Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock
The Divine Image
Diving into the Wreck
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Dover Beach
Dream Variations
A Dream Within a Dream
The Duck and the Kangaroo
Dulce et Decorum Est
Dust of Snow
The Eagle
Eagle Poem
Easter, 1916
Easter Wings
Eat Me
Eden Rock
Education For Leisure
Elegy For My Father's Father
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
The Emigrée
The Emperor of Ice-Cream
The Eolian Harp
The Eve of St. Agnes
Extract from The Prelude (Boat Stealing)
Facing It
A Far Cry from Africa
Farewell, ungrateful traitor!
The Farmer's Bride
Felix Randal
Fern Hill
Fever 103°
Fire and Ice
The Fish
The Flea
For Heidi With Blue Hair
For the Fallen
From the Dark Tower
Frost at Midnight
Funeral Blues (Stop all the clocks)
The Garden of Love
God's Grandeur
The Good-Morrow
Gretel in Darkness
The Gun
The Harlem Dancer
Harlem Hopscotch
Harlem Shadows
Hawk Roosting
Her Kind
The Hill We Climb
The History Teacher
The Hollow Men
homage to my hips
Home Burial
Hope is the thing with feathers
How do I love thee (Sonnet 43)
I Am Offering this Poem
I, Being born a Woman and Distressed
i carry your heart with me
I dwell in Possibility –
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
I Find No Peace
I Have a Rendezvous with Death
I Hear America Singing
I heard a Fly buzz - when I died -
I like to see it lap the Miles
I Lost My Talk
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
I Sing the Body Electric
I started Early — Took my Dog —
I taste a liquor never brewed
I think of thee (Sonnet 29)
I, Too
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
If thou must love me, let it be for nought
If We Must Die
In a Station of the Metro
In an Artist's Studio
In Flanders Fields
In Mrs Tilscher’s Class
In Praise of Creation
In The Park
Introduction to Poetry
An Irish Airman Foresees his Death
It was not Death, for I stood up
The Journey
Journey of the Magi
Kitchenette Building
The Kraken
Kubla Khan
La Belle Dame sans Merci
Lady Lazarus
The Lady of Shalott
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
The Lamb
The Lammas Hireling
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
Leda and the Swan
Let America Be America Again
Letters from Yorkshire
Tintern Abbey
Lines Written in Early Spring
The Listeners
The Little Black Boy
Little Boy Crying
Little Red Cap
Living Space
London, 1802
London Snow
Look We Have Coming to Dover!
Love After Love
Love’s Philosophy
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Mad Girl's Love Song
Mametz Wood
The Man He Killed
The Man with the Hoe
The Manhunt
Maude Clare
Meeting at Night
Mending Wall
Mental Cases
Mid-Term Break
Miniver Cheevy
The Moon and the Yew Tree
Mother, any distance
Mother to Son
Mrs Midas
Much Madness is divinest Sense -
Musée des Beaux Arts
My Heart Leaps Up
My Last Duchess
My Life had stood - a Loaded Gun
My Papa’s Waltz
Naming of Parts
A narrow Fellow in the Grass
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Neutral Tones
The New Colossus
next to of course god america i
The Next War
Nick and the Candlestick
No, Thank You, John
A Noiseless Patient Spider
Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae
Not Waving but Drowning
Nothing Gold Can Stay
O Captain! My Captain!
O Me! O Life!
Ode: Intimations of Immortality
Ode on a Grecian Urn
Ode on Melancholy
Ode to a Nightingale
Ode to Psyche
Ode to the West Wind
Ode (We are the music makers)
On Being Brought from Africa to America
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
On My First Daughter
On My First Son
On the Pulse of Morning
On the Sea
On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year
On Turning Ten
One Art
One Perfect Rose
Out, Out—
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Personal Helicon
Phenomenal Woman
A Picture of Otto
Pied Beauty
Pity me not (Sonnet 29)
Poem at Thirty-Nine
A Poison Tree
The Poplar Field
Poppies in October
Porphyria's Lover
Portrait of a Lady
Prayer Before Birth
A Prayer for my Daughter
Psalm 23
A Psalm of Life
A Red, Red Rose
The Red Wheelbarrow
Refugee Blues
Remembrance (Cold in the earth)
Rhapsody on a Windy Night
Richard Cory
Rising Five
The Road Not Taken
The Ruined Maid
Sadie and Maud
Sailing to Byzantium
The Scrutiny
The Sea Eats the Land at Home
Search For My Tongue
The Second Coming
September 1, 1939
She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways
She Walks in Beauty
The Shield of Achilles
The Sick Rose
since feeling is first
Singh Song!
A Slumber did my Spirit Seal
So We'll Go No More a Roving
The Soldier
The Solitary Reaper
somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
Song: Go and catch a falling star
When I am dead, my dearest
Sonnet 116
Sonnet 12
Sonnet 129
Sonnet 130
Sonnet 138
Sonnet 147
Sonnet 18
Sonnet 19
Sonnet 19: When I consider how my light is spent
Sonnet 20
Sonnet 29
Sonnet 30
Sonnet 33
Sonnet 55
Sonnet 60
Sonnet 65
Sonnet 7
Sonnet 71: No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Sonnet 73
Sonnet 75: One day I wrote her name
The Soul selects her own Society
The Sound of the Trees
Still I Rise
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Storm on the Island
Stormcock in Elder
Strange Fruit
Strange Meeting
Suburban Sonnet
Success is counted sweetest
Suicide in the Trenches
The Sun Rising
A Supermarket in California
The Tables Turned
Tears, Idle Tears
Telephone Conversation
Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Theme for English B
There is no Frigate like a Book
There's a certain Slant of light
There Will Come Soft Rains
They Flee From Me
They shut me up in Prose –
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
This Be The Verse
This Is a Photograph of Me
This Is Just To Say
This is my letter to the world
Those Winter Sundays
The Thought Fox
The Three Fates
The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls
To a Daughter Leaving Home
To a Mouse
To a Skylark
To Althea, from Prison
To an Athlete Dying Young
To Autumn
To Helen
To His Coy Mistress
To His Mistress Going to Bed
To My Dear and Loving Husband
To My Nine-Year-Old Self
To the University of Cambridge, in New England
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
Tonight I can write the saddest lines
Traveling through the Dark
The Trees
The Trees are Down
The Triple Fool
The Tuft of Flowers
The Tyger
The Universe as Primal Scream
The Unknown Citizen
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
Verses upon the Burning of our House
The Voice of the Rain
Walking Away
War is Kind
War Photographer
Warming Her Pearls
The Waste Land
Watching for Dolphins
We Are Going
We Are Seven
We grow accustomed to the Dark
We Real Cool
We Remember Your Childhood Well
We Wear the Mask
The Weary Blues
What lips my lips have kissed
What Were They Like?
When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
When I Was One-and-Twenty
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
When We Two Parted
When You Are Old
The White Man's Burden
The Whitsun Weddings
Who's for the Game?
Whoso List to Hunt
A Wife In London
Wild Geese
The Wild Iris
Wild nights - Wild nights!
The Wild Swans at Coole
The Windhover
Winter Swans
The Wood-Pile
The World Is Too Much With Us
Written Near a Port on a Dark Evening
Yet Do I Marvel
[you fit into me]
You Will Know When You Get There