Suggested Recitation Poems

List Of Great Poetry (according to Mr. Lally)

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These are all fantastic poems, and most of them use rhyme and meter, which makes them easier to memorize. They can be found at http://wonderingminstrels.blogspot.com

Do not feel bound to this list – browse this website or the contest webpage at www.poetryoutloud.org

The English Department has hand-picked their favorite Poetry Out Loud poems, if you want to make the selection process easier.

Finally, Poetry Magazine is a great resource, and their “browse poems” section of their webpage allows for a lot of great connections between poets and poems. If you have a favorite poem, search for it on their page, and the “Browse Poems” column becomes better suited to match the poem you’ve sought.

POEM
POET
# of lines
It is “about”…
All You Who Sleep Tonight
Seth, Vikram
8
Ode to Life
Anthem For Doomed Youth
Owen, Wilfred
14
War and Youth
Annabel Lee
Poe, Edgar Allan
41
Creepy love
Another Feeling
Stone, Ruth
18
Regret
Archaic Torso of Apollo
Rilke, Rainer Maria
14
What we know
Argument in a Restaurant
Rathburn, Chelsea
32
Trials of love
Bagpipe Music
Macneice, Louis
34
Really odd
Cross of Snow, The
Longfellow, H. W.
14
Death, mourning
Death, Be Not Proud
Donne, John
14
Mortality
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Thomas, Dylan
19
Father’s death
Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
Frye, Mary
14
Death/Immortality
Domestic Violence
Boland, Eavan
48
Silence & Guilt
Dover Beach
Arnold, Matthew
37
Eternity
Dulce Et Decorum Est
Owen, Wilfred
28
War is Hell
Emperor of Ice-Cream, The
Stevens, Wallace
16
Weird
Equator
Stone, D.C.
14
Broken relationship
Fire and Ice
Frost, Robert
9
Armageddon
Funeral Blues
Auden, W. H.
16
Mourning / Loss
God’s Grandeur
Hopkins, Gerard Manley
14
Piety
Hand That Signed The Paper, The
Thomas, Dylan
16
Fate & Power
Ice
Mazur, Gail
24
Love and Youth
If
Kipling, Rudyard
32
Life Advice
Invictus
Henley, W. E.
16
Self-pride
Irish Airman Forsees his Death, An
Yeats, W. B.
16
War / Mortality
Jabberwocky
Carroll, Lewis
28
Nonsense / Heroes
Jenny Kissed Me
Hunt, Leigh
8
Cute
Kubla Khan
Coleridge, Samuel T.
36
Trippy / Paradise
Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds
Shakespeare, William
14
Eternal love
Locked House, A
Snodgrass, W. D.
40
Broken Love
London
Blake, William
16
Life is horrible
Man He Killed, The
Hardy, Thomas
20
War/Circumstance
Mid-Term Break
Heaney, Seamus
22
Youth & Death
Miniver Cheevy
Robinson, E. A.
32
Chivalry / Sadness
mother, the
Brooks, Gwendolyn
32
Motherhood /Loss
More Loving One, The
Auden, W. H.
16
Stars / Passion
Musee Des Beaux Arts
Auden, W. H.
22
Suffering
My Last Duchess
Browning, Robert
56
Revenge & Hatred
My Papa’s Waltz
Roethke, Theodore
16
Fatherhood (?)
My Mistress’s Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun
Shakespeare, William
14
Individual Love
Not Marble, Nor the Gilded Monuments
Shakespeare, William
14
Immortality
Not Waving But Drowning
Smith, Stevie
12
Misunderstanding
On the Eve of His Execution
Tichborne, Chidiock
18
Facing death
On My First Son
Jonson, Ben
16
Mourning & Loss
One Art
Bishop, Elizabeth
19
Memory / Age
Orange, The
Cope, Wendy
12
Being in love
Oxen, The
Hardy, Thomas
16
Faith
Ozymandias
Shelley, P.B.
14
Mortality / Fame
Panther, The
Rilke, Rainer Maria
12
Caged nature
Passionate Shepherd to his Love, The
Marlowe, Christopher
24
Love / Persuasion
Pied Beauty
Hopkins, Gerard
11
Religion
Poison Tree, A
Blake, William
16
Vengeance
Psalm of Life, A
Longfellow, H. W.
28
Inspirational
Red, Red Rose, A
Burns, Robert
16
Scottish
Richard Cory
Robinson, E. A.
16
Public image
Road Not Taken, The
Frost, Robert
20
Choices
Second Coming, The
Yeats, WB
22
Things fall apart
She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
Wordsworth, William
12
Death / love
She Walks in Beauty
Lord Byron
18
Love / Worship
Soldier, The
Brooke, Rupert
14
War / Patriotism
Sorrows of Werther
Thackeray, William
16
Dry Humor/Death
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Frost, Robert
16
Nature / Death?
Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever, A
Keats, John
13
Beauty
Traveling Through the Dark
Stafford, William
18
Hard decisions
To An Athlete Dying Young
Housman, A. E.
28
Fame and Death
To Celia
Jonson, Ben
16
Love
Unknown Citizen, The
Auden, W. H.
30
Bureaucracy
We Wear the Mask
Dunbar, Paul
15
Image & Honesty
What We Might Be, What We Are
Kennedy, X. J.
16
Foolish / Love
When I Was One-and-Twenty
Housman, A.E.
16
Love / Youth / Irony
When You Are Old
Yeats, W.B.
12
Beauty / age

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