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• The Blessed Damozel: It is a symbolic love poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. It belongs to the Pre-Raphaelite School of Poetry. It describes the damozel observing her lover from heaven.
• Absalom and Achitophel: It is a satirical poem by John Dryden. It is directed against the whigs. It is written in heroic couplets.
• Alastor: It is subtitled The Spirit of Solitude. It is a long poem by P B Shelley. This was his first important work in which Shelley put most of himself. It is a kind of his spiritual autobiography.
• Adonais: It is an elegy on the death of John Keats. It is written by P B Shelley. It was published in 1821.
• L’Allegro: It is written by John Milton. L’Allegro means “The Joyful Man.”
The speaker in L’Allegro argues for living a life full of pleasure.
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• Amoretti: It is a collection of sonnets by Spenser. It shows the history of Spenser’s courtship with Elizabeth Boyle. Spenser married Elizabeth Boyle later on.
• The Ancient Mariner: It is a very captivating poem by S T Coleridge. It is remarkable for the artistic blending of natural and supernatural. It was published in 1798.
• Andrea Del Sarto: It is a dramatic monologue by Robert Browning. It literally means “The Faultless Painter.” It was published in 1855.
• Ash Wednesday: It is written by T S Eliot. It is a complex, six-part poem concerned with a speaker’s hope for human salvation in a faithless world.
• Astrophel: It is a pastoral elegy on the death of Sir Philip Sidney. It is written by Spenser.
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• Astrophel and Stella: It is a collection of sonnets by Sir Philip Sidney. It tells the story of Sidney’s love for Penelope
• Beowulf: It is an old English epic poem by an unknown author. It was written probably about 650 AD.
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• The Canterbury Tales: It is the greatest work of chaucer. Its prologue
(Prologue To The Canterbury Tales) is described as the portrait-gallery of the 14th century England.
• Chevy Chase: It is one of the oldest of English ballads. It deals with the struggle between Percy of Northumberland and the Douglas of Scotland at the beginning of 15th century.
• Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: It is a long narrative poem in four parts by Lord Byron. It describes the travels and reflections of a pilgrim who is disillusioned with a life of pleasure and seeks distraction in foreign lands.
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• Christabel: It is an incomplete poem by Coleridge. It was originally published in 1816. It is one of the most beautiful and charming poems in the English language.
• The Coming of Arthur: It is written by Tennyson. In this poem, Tennyson draws parallels between the marital union of Arthur and Guinevere and the political unification of England
• The Deserted Village: It is a poem by Goldsmith. In this poem Goldsmith shows the superiority of agriculture to trade. It was published in 1770
• Don Juan: It is a satirical poem by Lord Byron. It is an epic. It consists of sixteen Cantos. It portrays Don Juan not as a womaniser, but as a man easily seduced by women.
• Drake: It is a twelve-book epic by Altaf Noyes
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• Dunciad: It is a satirical poem by Alexander Pope. In it Alexander Pope ridicules his contemporary writers. It was published in 1728.
• The Dynasts: It is Thomas Hardy’s greatest achievement in poetry. It is a great epic drama of the war with Napoleon. It is in three parts. It has 19 acts and 130 scenes.
• Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard: It is an elegy written by Thomas Gray. It is an elegy on the miserable lot of poor people.
• Endymion: It is a romantic poem by John Keats. This poem begins with the line “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.” It was published in 1818
• Epipsychidion: It is a famous poem by Shelley. It preaches Shelley’s doctrine of free love.
• Epithalamion: It is a marriage song by Spenser written in celebration of his marriage with Elizabeth Boyle. It is a Greek word. It means “upon the bride chamber”.
• Eve of St. Agnes: It is written by Keats. It is a romantic narrative poem of 42 Spenserian stanzas set in the Middle Ages. It is remarkable for its wealth of imagery.
• The Excursion: It is a narrative and reflective poem by Wordsworth. It is written in blank verse. It was published in 1814
• The Everlasting Mercy: It is the most famous long narrative poem by John Masefield. In it there is a confession of a man who has turned from sin to Christianity. It first made John Masefield famous.
• The Faerie Queene: It is an allegorical epic poem by Spenser. Faerie Queene stands for Queen Elizabeth. It was first published in 1590. Spenser’s main object behind writing this poem was, “To fashion a gentleman by virtues and noble discipline”
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• Four Quartets: It is a volume of poems by T S Eliot. The names of the four quartets are: Burnt Norton, East Coker, Dry Salvages and Little Gidding. It was published in 1943
• Fra Lippo Lippi: It is a dramatic monologue by Robert Browning. It is about the experiences of a painter named Fra Lippo Lippi
• Greater Love: It is written by Wilfred Owen. It declares that no love or beauty of the beloved woman could be compared with the love and beauty of the English soldiers.
• The Hind and the Panther: It is a religious poem by John Dryden. It is written in heroic couplets. The hind represents the Catholic Church while the panther represents the Anglican Church.
• The Hollow Men: It is a poem by T S Eliot. It depicts the citizens of modern western culture who are stuffed with opinions, ideas and faiths but they cannot feel them.
• The Hound of Heaven: It is a mystical poem by Francis Thompson. It describes the poet’s flight from God.
• Hudibras: It is a mock-heroic poem by Samuel Butler. It ridicules the hypocrites of Puritanism.
• Hymn to Intellectual Beauty: It is a lyrical poem by P B Shelley. It was published in 1816. It was conceived and written during a boating excursion with Byron on Lake Geneva.
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• Hyperion: It is an unfinished poem by Keats. It shows Milton’s influence on Keats. It tells of the despair of the Titans after their fall to the Olympians.
• Idylls of the King: It is a series of twelve narrative poems by Alfred Tennyson. It is related to the life of King Arthur. These poems are picturesque and romantic. They are also didactic and allegorical.
• Ill Penseroso: It is an idyllic poem by Milton. It describes the pleasure of meditative and studious life.
• In Memoriam: It is an elegiac poem by Alfred Tennyson. In it he records the death of his friend Arthur Hallam. It was published in 1850
• Isabella: It is a romantic and narrative poem by Keats. It has been subtitled as
The Pot of Basil. It is adapted from a story in Boccaccio’s Decameron.
• The Jolly Beggars: It is a famous poem by Robert Burns. It is a masterly picture of the outcasts of society.
• Kubla Khan: It is a fragmentary dream-poem by Coleridge. It describes Xanadu, the palace of Kubla Khan, a Mongol emperor and the grandson of Genghis Khan. It was published in 1816.
• La Belle Dame Sans Merci: It is a short ballad by John Keats. It means
“The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy.” It tells about the sad condition of the knight and the deception of the lady.
• The Lady of the Lake: It is a semi-historical romantic poem in six cantos. It is written by Walter Scott. It was tremendously influential in the 19th century.
• The Lady of Shallot: It is a famous poem by P B Shelley. It relates the passionate love of the Lady of Shallot for her knight Lancelot. It was published in 1822.
• The Lake Isle of Innisfree: It is a very famous and beautiful lyric by W B Yeats. This poem expresses a longing to escape from civilization to the idyllic peace of countryside.
• Lamia: It is a long narrative poem by Keats. This poem is about the seduction of a Greek youth Lycius by Lamia, a serpent-woman.
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• The Last Ride Together: It is a famous dramatic lyric by Robert Browning. It was published in 1855. It focuses on the wishes of a man for a last ride together with his lover.
• The Lady of the Last Minstrel: It is a long narrative poem by Walter Scott. It is in six cantos. It deals with a sixteenth-century Border feud.
• Leda and the Swan: It is a poem by W B Yeats. The swan becomes a symbol of inspiration, spirit and divine spark present in human nature. Symbolically, the union of Zeus and Leda signifies the union of spirit and flesh.
• Light of Asia: It is written by Mr. Edwin Arnold. It is written on the life and teaching of Buddha.
• Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey: It is written by Wordsworth..It shows clearly the various stages in the development of Wordsworth’s attitude towards nature.
• The Lotus Eaters: It is a well-known poem by Tennyson. It is based on the wandering of the Greek sailors. The whole poem has dreamy atmosphere. It was published in 1833
• The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock: It is written by T S Eliot. It describes the human conflict between sensual desires and the restrictions of civilization.
• Lucy Poems: It is a collection of poems by Wordsworth. The heroine of these poems still remains a mystery.
• Lycidas: It is a pastoral elegy by John Milton on the death of his friend Edward King. It was published in 1637.
• Lyrical Ballads: It is a great landmark in English Romantic poetry. It is composed by Wordsworth and Coleridge. It was published in 1798
• Maud: It is a lyrical mono-drama by Alfred Tennyson. It was published in 1855
• Miners: It is written by Wilfred Owen. He wrote the poem in direct response to the Minnie Pit Disaster in which 156 miners died.
• Morning Sun: It is a poem by Louis MacNeice. It gives an impressionistic picture of London in the sunlight.
• Morte D’ Arthur: It is a poem by Alfred Tennyson. It deals with the passing away of King Arthur. It has a moral tone. It was published in 1842
• The Nut Brown Maid: It is a 15th century poem. It is written in praise of woman’s fidelity. It is a love ballad.
•Ode to Autumn: It is a poem of three stanzas. It is one of the simplest of Keats’s odes. In this poem Keats describes the season of Autumn.
•Ode on the Intimations of Immortality: It is written by Wordsworth. It depicts Wordsworth’s philosophy of the divine nature of child.
•What is that Sound: It is a poem by W H Auden. It is in a ballad-form between a young man and his beloved. Its theme is the ominous menace of war.
•Paradise Lost: It is the greatest English epic poem by Milton in 12 books. It deals with the failure of man. It was published in 1667.
•Paradise Regained: It is a sequel to
Paradise Lost by John Milton. It is written in four books. It was published in 1671.
•Pippa Passes: It is a dramatic poem by Robert Browning. It is remembered for two lines, “God’s in his heaven,” and “All’s right with the world”
•The Prelude: It is a long narrative poem in fourteen books by William Wordsworth. It was first published in 1805. It may be regarded as Wordsworth’s spiritual autobiography.
•The Prisoner of Chillon: It is a poem by Lord Byron. It deals with the imprisonment of Bonnivard in the castle of Chillon, on the lake of Geneva
•Portrait of a Lady: It is written by T S Eliot. It is a poem about the degenerating relationship between the narrator and an older lady of upper middle-class background
•Prothalamion: It is an elaborate bridal song by Spenser. It was written to celebrate the marriage of another person.
•Rabbi Ben Ezra: It is a philosophical lyric by Robert Browning. It is an exposition of his religious philosophy through the mouth of a jew. It was published in 1864
•The Rape of the Lock: It is a mock-heroic poem by Alexander Pope. It is based on a trifle incident of the cutting of a lock of Miss Arabella Fermor’s hair by Lord Peter. It is a satire on the fashionable society of the 18th century England. It was published in 1712
•Reynard the Fox: It is written by John Masefield. It is a long narrative poem about a fox hunt.
•The Ring and the Book: It is a series of dramatic monologues by Robert Browning. It is based on an Italian crime. It is written in blank verse. It is in 12 books. It was published in 1872.
•The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam: It is translated by Edward Fitzgerald. Omar Khayyam was a celebrated Persian poet and astronomer. A “rubai” means “a quatrain”
•Rugby Chapel: It is written by Matthew Arnold. In it he commemorates the death of his father. His father was the famous headmaster of Rugby School
•Sailing to Byzantium: It is written by W B Yeats. Byzantium signifies inward thought. This poem is a justification of Yeats’ mature excursion into a complex world.
• The Sleeping Beauty: It is a long poem by Edith Sitwell. It is a rare continuity of beauty. It is glowing with colour and dazzling with imagery.
• The Scholar Gipsy: It is an elegiac poem by Matthew Arnold. It is a criticism of contemporary Victorrian life. It is the tale of a poor Oxford scholar who wandered far and wide in pursuit of knowledge.
• The Seasons: It is written by James Thomson. It is notable for his original treatment of nature in the sociable 18th century. It was published in 1726.
• September 1,1939: It is a poem by W H Auden. It was written on the eve of World War ll. This poem consists of a deep personal soliloquy on war and on human degradation in general.
• The Shepheardes Calender: It is written by Spenser. It consists of 12 eclogues, one for each month of the year. It is pastoral in form, but much of its satire is on abuse in the church. It was published in 1579
• Sohrab and Rustum: It is an epical poem by Matthew Arnold. It is based on the popular Persian story of Sohrab and Rustum. It was published in 1853
• Sunday Morning: It is written by
Louis Macneice. It suggests that the relaxed pleasure of Sunday is too expensively bought with the six days of hard toil.
• Sweeney Among the Nightingales: It is a short poem in quatrains. It refers to the cry of the dying king who is betrayed and struck a mortal blow by his own queen.
• The Testament of Beauty: It is a long, philosophical poem by Robert Bridges. It is a poem of remarkable vitality and energy. It has beautiful passages of natural description and human wisdom. It was published in 1929
• Thyrsis: It is a pastoral elegy by Matthew Arnold. In it Matthew Arnold laments over the death of Arthur Hugh Clough. It also describes Oxford countryside. It was published in 1867
• The Traveller: It is a long didactic poem by Goldsmith. In it Goldsmith expresses his quest for ideal happiness.
• The Trial of a Judge: It is a long poem by Stephen Spender. It is a didactic poem. It portrays the persecution of intellectuals at the hands of fascist government.
• The Vanity of Human Wishes: It is written by Dr. Johnson. It was published in 1749. It shows Dr. Johnson’s powerful mind and his grave outlook.
• The Wasteland: It is written by T S Eliot. It was published in 1922. It deals with post-war disillusionment. The theme of this poem is the barrenness of the contemporary world.
• When I was One-and-Twenty: It is written by A E Housman. It cautions against the dangers of youthful, emotional involvement.
• The Wild Swans at Coole: It is a symbolic poem by W B Yeats. It was inspired by swans. Here swans stand for permanence of love. It was published in 1916.
• The Wreck of the Deutschland: It is the first poem of G M Hopkins. Its theme is the expression of awe and respect towards the grandeur of God.
• Still I Rise: It is written by Maya Angelou. It directly addresses the white oppressors of black people and responds to centuries of oppression and mistreatment they have suffered
• Jabberwocky: It is written by Lewis Carroll. In it the hero overcomes a monster named “the Jabberwock”.
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