Famous Poems from Bygone Days
Over 80 poems from the 19th and early 20th centuries, from Hugh Antoine d'Arcy's "The Face on the Barroom Floor" to Phila Henrietta Chase's "Nobody’s Child," rich in rhythm and rhyme, filled with feelings and stories about love and war, ships and the sea, farms and family, life and death, heaven and hell. Introduction. Brief biographies of each poet. Alphabetical indexes of titles and first lines.
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Yet they all have what so much of modern free verse lacks—that magic coincidence of easily comprehended significance with a pleasing sound structure.
What first I want is daily bread— And canvas-backs—and wine— And all the realms of nature spread Before me, when I dine. Four courses scarcely can provide ...
... beggars in rags; Handsome young ladies and withered old hags; Yellow and black men, red, brown and white— All chained together! What a terrible sight.
What a terrible sight. While the train rushed on at an awful pace— The sulphurous fumes scorched hands and face; Wider and wider the country grew, ...
... get no more employment; The weather was bitter cold; The young ones cried and shivered— Little Johnny's but four years old; So, what was I to do, sir?
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