by John Keats Oh what can ail thee Knight at arms Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has withered from the Lake And no birds sing. Oh what can ail thee Knight at arms So haggard, and so woe begone? The Squirrel's granary is full And the harvest's done. I see a lily on thy brow With anguish moist and fever dew, And on thy cheeks a fading rose Fast withereth too.
by Lewis Carroll ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. ‘Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!’ He took his vorpal sword in hand: Long time the manxome foe he sought-- So rested he by the Tumtum tree, And stood awhile in thought.
We will be adding to the list of poems as time goes on. This will not be an exhaustive list but it may serve to give you something to consider doing. If you have a poem that is in the public domain that you’d like to do or simply suggest we record please let me know. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carrol Dance Figure by Ezra Pound Mementos by Charlotte Bronte Mending Wall by Robert Frost
THE SONNETS by William Shakespeare I From fairest creatures we desire increase, That thereby beauty’s rose might never die, But as the riper should by time decease, His tender heir might bear his memory: But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes, Feed’st thy light’s flame with self-substantial fuel, Making a famine where abundance lies, Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel: Thou that art now the world’s fresh ornament,