Committed to Memory

Committed to Memory

100 Best Poems to Memorize

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Presented by The Academy of American Poets, Committed to Memory is the essential poetry collection for every home library -- a gathering of the world's best-loved poems, chosen specifically for memorization. These poems carry on a timeless tradition kept alive not in libraries but through a cycle of reciting, listening, memorizing, and reciting anew.From beloved classics like Rudyard Kipling's If' and Robert Frost's The Road Less Traveled to family favorites like Ernest Lawrence Thayer's Casey at the Bat and Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky, the poems in this collection will engage and delight both young and old. The poets include some of the greatest names in literature -- Shakespeare, Poe, Whitman, Bronte, Hardy, Browning, cummings, Joyce, and Dickinson. A truly timeless collection, Committed to Memory is a gift of love and language that will enrich readers' lives for years to come.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 1997
Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9781573226462
Branch Call Number: 821.008/COM 4565 1
Additional Contributors: Stickney, Trumbull 1874-1904
Smith, Stevie 1902-1971
Muir, Edwin 1887-1959
Melville, Herman 1819-1891
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth 1807-1882
Landor, Walter Savage 1775-1864
Holmes, Oliver Wendell 1809-1894
Bryant, William Cullen 1794-1878
Brontë, Emily 1818-1848
Arnold, Matthew 1822-1888
Thomas, Edward 1878-1917
Whittier, John Greenleaf 1807-1892
Thayer, Ernest Lawrence 1863-1940
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel 1828-1882
Robinson, Edwin Arlington 1869-1935
Lear, Edward 1812-1888
Hardy, Thomas 1840-1928
Gray, Thomas 1716-1771
Frost, Robert 1874-1963
cummings, e. e (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor 1772-1834
Carroll, Lewis 1832-1898
Browning, Robert 1812-1889
Wylie, Elinor 1885-1928
Waller, Edmund 1606-1687
Thomas, Dylan 1914-1953
Rossetti, Christina Georgina 1830-1894
Kipling, Rudyard 1865-1936
Herrick, Robert 1591-1674
FitzGerald, Edward 1809-1883
Adams, Léonie 1899-1988
Yeats, William Butler 1865-1939
Wyatt, Sir Thomas 1503-1542
Whitman, Walt 1819-1892
Williams, William Carlos 1883-1963
Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson Baron,1809-1892
Scott, Walter Sir,1771-1832
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849
Nashe, Thomas 1567-1601
Marvell, Andrew 1621-1678
Lovelace, Richard 1618-1657
Joyce, James 1882-1941
Jonson, Ben 1573?-1637
Hughes, Langston 1902-1967
Hopkins, Gerard Manley 1844-1889
Herbert, George 1593-1633
Henley, William Ernest 1849-1903
Hayden, Robert E. 1913-1980
Finch, Francis Miles 1827-1907
Emerson, Ralph Waldo 1803-1882
Dunbar, Paul Laurence 1872-1906
Dickinson, Emily 1830-1886
De la Mare, Walter 1873-1956
Byron, George Gordon Byron Baron,1788-1824
Carew, Thomas 1595?-1639?
Burns, Robert 1759-1796
Blake, William 1757-1827
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973
Addison, Joseph 1672-1719
Wordsworth, William 1770-1850
Shelley, Percy Bysshe 1792-1822
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616
Ransom, John Crowe 1888-1974
Milton, John 1608-1674
Meredith, George 1828-1909
Lazarus, Emma 1849-1887
Boland, Eavan 1944-
Hollander, John 1929-
Donne, John 1572-1631
Bishop, Elizabeth 1911-1979
Alternative Title: A noiseless patient spider / Walt Whitman
The Kraken / Lord Tennyson
Ulysses / Lord Alfred Tennyson
Mnemosyne / Trumbull Stickney
Not waving but drowning / Stevie Smith
The house on the hill / Edwin Arlington Robinson
The animals / Edwin Muir
Shiloh / Herman Melville
Snow-flakes / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To autumn / John Keats
Spring and fall / Gerard Manley Hopkins
The chambered nautilus / Oliver Wendell Holmes
The darkling thrush / Thomas Hardy
Spring pools / Robert Frost
Hyla Brook / Robert Frost
Mending wall / Robert Frost
Because I could not stop for death / Emily Dickinson
A narrow fellow in the grass / Emily Dickinson
To a waterfowl / William Cullen Bryant
Stanzas / Emily Brontë
Dover Beach / Matthew Arnold
All the world's a stage / William Shakespeare
The woodspurge / Dante Gabriel Rossetti
An apple gathering / Christina Rossetti
Richard Cory / Edwin Arlington Robinson
The owl and the pussycat / Edward Lear
La belle dame sans merci / John Keats
The oxen / Thomas Hardy
Ode on the death of a favorite cat / Thomas Gray
The road not taken / Robert Frost
Anyone lived in a pretty how town / E. E. Cummings
Kubla Khan / Samuel Taylor Coleriddge
Jabberwocky / Lewis Carroll
My last duchess / Robert Browning
The second coming / William Butler Yeats
The eagle and the mole / Elinor Wylie
Go, lovely rose! / Edmund Waller
Do not go gentle into that good night / Dylan Thomas
Up-hill / Christina Rossetti
If / Rudyard Kipling
To an athlete dying young / A. E. Housman
To the virgins, to make much of time / Robert Herrick
The world / George Herbert
The rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam [excerpt] / Edward Fitzgerald
Brahma / Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ecclesiastes 3 : 1-8 / Old Testament, King James Version
April mortality / Léonie Adams
The song of wandering Aengus / William Butler Yeats
The cat and the moon / William Butler Yeats
They flee from me / Thomas Wyatt
A slumber did my spirit seal / William Wordsworth
The widow's lament in springtime / William Carlos Williams
Song of myself, # 11 / Walt Whitman
Tears, idle tears / Lord Tennyson
In memoriam [excerpt] / Lord Alfred Tennyson
The splendor falls / Lord Alfred Tennyson
When that I was and a little tiny boy / William Shakespeare
Blow, blow, thou winter wind / William Shakespeare
Coronach / Sir Walter Scott
To Helen / Edgar Allan Poe
A litany in time of plague / Thomas Nashe
The mower's song / Andrew Marvell
To Althea, from prison / Richard Lovelace
I hear an army charging upon the land / James Joyce
To Celia / Ben Jonson
The negro speaks of rivers / Langston Hughes
Pied beauty / Gerard Manley Hopkins
Love III / George Herbert
Invictus / William Ernest Henley
Those winter sundays / Robert Hayden
The blue and the gray / Francis Miles Finch
Concord hymn / Ralph Waldo Emerson
When Malindy sings / Paul Laurence Dunbar
Break of day / John Donne
Dear March, come in / Emily Dickinson
The song of the mad prince / Walter de la Mare
Ask me no more / Thomas Carew
So we'll go no more a roving / Lord Byron
Afton water / Robert Burns
A red, red rose / Robert Burns
The tyger / William Blake
Milton : and did those feet / William Blake
Lay your sleeping head, my love / W. H. Auden
The spacious firmament on high / Joseph Addison
Composed upon Westminster Bridge / William Wordsworth
Snow-bound [excerpt] / John Greenleaf Whittier
Adlestrop / Edward Thomas
Casey at the bat / Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Ozymandias / Percy Bysshe Shelley
Sonnet # 55 / William Shakespeare
Sonnet # 18 / William Shakespeare
Piazza piece / John Crowe Ransom
On his blindness / John Milton
Lucifer in starlight / George Meredith
The new colossus / Emma lazarus
On first looking into Chapman's Homer / John Keats
At round earth's imagin'd corners / John Donne
Sonnet / Elizabeth Bishop


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