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To Winter by William Blake

To Winter by William Blake (1757 – 1827) O Winter! bar thine adamantine doors: The north is thine; there hast thou built thy dark Deep-founded habitation. Shake not thy roofs Nor bend thy pillars with thine iron car. He hears … Continue reading

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The Wind and the Moon by George MacDonald

There are poems especially suitable for memorization and recitation, and George MacDonald’s “The Wind and the Moon” is an excellent example. The rhythm and cadence of the language is delightful to young readers young and old. The Wind and the … Continue reading

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The Fly by William Blake

“The Fly” as it originally appeared. The Fly by William Blake Little fly, Thy summer’s play My thoughtless hand Has brushed away. Am not I A fly like thee? Or art not thou A man like me? For I dance And drink … Continue reading

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In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti

In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Georgina Rossetti In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago. … Continue reading

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Advent Poems by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti’s classic Christmas carol, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” offers a vivid poetic look at the Incarnation. In a similar way, her less-known Advent poems describe the season of waiting and watching. Advent (1851) ‘Come,’ Thou dost say to Angels, To blessed Spirits, ‘Come’: … Continue reading

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Richard Austin Recites Hopkins’ Poetry

Richard Austin Recites Hopkins’ Poetry Richard Austin grew up in the same corner of England as Gerard Manley Hopkins. Thus blessed with the correct native accent, he now recites Hopkins’ poetry all over the world. Austin discovered this poetry as … Continue reading

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Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins You may find it helpful to listen to Richard Austin’s excellent recitation of this poem.                 GLORY be to God for dappled things— For skies of couple-colour … Continue reading

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The Raven Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe You may wish to listen to this poem as read aloud by Christopher Walken. Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten … Continue reading

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Sonnet VII by John Milton

Sonnet VII: How soon hath Time, the Subtle Thief of Youth ON HIS BEING ARRIVED AT THE AGE OF 23. by John Milton How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, Stol’n on his wing my three-and-twentieth year! My … Continue reading

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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear

One of the first poems I recite when trying to soothe a fussy infant is “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat,” a poem I memorized through endless readings when I was a child. Its rollicking rhythm has bounced many a child … Continue reading

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