Category: 19th century poets

  • The Official Top 20 Countdown of the All Time Greatest Love Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

    _____         Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) with a friend I have been reading all the poems I can find by Paul Laurence Dunbar, in order to create another top 30 countdown. Yesterday, when I got down from the hundreds to 55 poems in order, I knew I did not want to lose […]

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  • The Ella Wheeler Wilcox Top 30 Countdown

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850-1919, was an American poet and mystic, one of the two poets I can find who was labelled as Poet Laureate of Humanity, the other being Rumi. As Rumi is today, she was known to be the most read poet in America in her time. There is much to find about her […]

  • Christmastime at Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s

            Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882)         Aftermath     When the summer fields are mown, When the birds are fledged and flown,         And the dry leaves strew the path; With the falling of the snow, With the cawing of […]

  • Some Embers & Sonnets of Gilbert Parker

        Sir Horatio Gilbert George Parker (1862-1932)     Gilbert Parker of Ontario, Canada, is known primarily as a novelist and politician. He was also a poet. The below selection of his poetry is from his collections, Embers and A Lover’s Diary.     _____     Athenian     Your voice I knew, […]

  • Over Emily Dickinson’s for Thanksgiving: 16 Poems

        Emily Dickinson 1830-1886     _____     A Bird came down the Walk                 A Bird came down the Walk–             He did not know I saw–             He bit an Angleworm in halves   […]

  • From Pining Poem to Haunting Anthem: "Dark Eyes" by Yevhen Hrebinka

        Duration 2:12 Chet Atkins (1924-2001)     _____     originally a poem in Ukrainian     by Yevhen Hrebinka (1812-48)     composer unknown     Dark Eyes (The Gypsy Anthem)     Eyes of ecstacy, always haunting me, Always taunting me, with your mystery, Tell me tenderly, you belong to me […]

  • Verse for Veterans: First Foe to Flanders Fields

            by Richard Lovelace (1618-1658)     To Lucasta, Going to the Wars     Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind,       That from the nunnery Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind       To war and arms I fly. True, a new mistress now I chase, […]