Poetry Collection

Outstanding poems from various parts of the world. Alphabetically sorted, by title, while ignoring articles (a/the).

Many of these poems are translations. Poetry, above all writings, has a particular advantage in its original tongue.
Be that as it may, even if the verses don't hold exactly the same power as they do in their native language, they are remarkable and, therefore, included.

Certain favorites are marked, in one way or another.

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Christopher Brennan

Because She Would Ask Me...

If questioning would make us wise
No eyes would ever gaze in eyes;

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give All to Love

Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;

William Butler Yeats

He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Robert Browning

Life in a Love

Escape me?

Pablo Neruda

Love Sonnet XLV

Don't go far off, not even for a day

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Music, When Soft Voices Die

Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory

Christopher Marlowe

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove

William Butler Yeats

The Rose in the Deeps of His Heart

All things uncomely and broken,
all things worn-out and old

William Wordsworth

She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways

She dwelt among the untrodden ways
Beside the springs of Dove

Christopher Marlowe

Who Ever Loved That Loved Not at First Sight?

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.

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