Archives For *Poetry*




Today is the Feast of St. Augustine.  

In honor of the occasion, here are three poems by the saint from Hippo.

*** You might also enjoy Longfellow’s poem
The Ladder of St. Augustine.

In Praise of Dancing
St. Augustine

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El_Greco_-_St._BartholomewToday is the Feast of
St. Bartholomew…

Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He has been identified with Nathanael (alternatively spelled Nathaniel), who appears in the Gospel according to John as being introduced to Christ by Philip (who would also become an apostle),[Jn 1:43-51] although most modern commentators reject the identification of Nathanael with Bartholomew. (via Wikipedia)


Saint Bartholomew the Apostle
by Edward Henry,
Bishop of Exeter Bickersteth

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Tomorrow (Aug. 15) is the birthday of E. Nesbit, writer of delightful children’s stories, born 1858.

Nesbit is one of the lesser-known influences on C.S. Lewis’s Narnia:
“Lewis was deeply indebted to E. Nesbit, not only in matters of plot, character and image, but even in small details of phrasing. When he set out to write his Chronicles of Narnia, he though of them as being Nesbit books: as belonging to a type or genre practised by E. Nesbit. In many respects the Narnia books begin where the Nesbit books leave off: The Magician’s Nephew, the first of the series, begins with an allusion to Nesbit.”     – Mervyn Nicholson, “What C.S. Lewis took from E. Nesbit


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E. Nesbit

I FOUND a starving cat in the street:
   It cried for food and a place by the fire.
I carried it home, and I strove to meet
   The claims of its desire.
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How to Know the Wild Animals
Carolyn Wells

If ever you should go by chance
To jungles in the East,
And if there should to you advance
A large and tawny beast–
If he roar at you as you’re dyin’,
You’ll know it is the Asian Lion.
If, when in India loafing round,
A noble wild beast meets you,
With dark stripes on a yellow ground,
Just notice if he eats you.
This simple rule may help you learn
The Bengal Tiger to discern.

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Earlier this week was the birthday of poet Mari Evans…

“Mari Evans is the greatest living poet” – Maya Angelou

In addition to greats like Kurt Vonnegut and John Green, Mari Evans is one of Indianapolis’s greatest literary treasures… and we are delighted to share her work with you here!

NOTE: Ignore the YouTube titles on these recordings, these are recordings of Evans reading her work.

If you want to read more of her poems, we recommend


I am a Black Woman

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of Jane Austen.

In honor of the occasion, we offer this poem by her…

Oh! Mr Best You’re Very Bad
Jane Austen


Oh! Mr. Best, you’re very bad
And all the world shall know it;
Your base behaviour shall be sung
By me, a tunefull Poet.–
You used to go to Harrowgate
Each summer as it came,
And why I pray should you refuse
To go this year the same?–
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Yesterday marked the anniversary of the death of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Here is one of our favorite poems by him…


[ Books by Shelley ]

An Exhortation
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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I read four poems during our “special music” time at Englewood yesterday. The first three were “Poet” by Liberty Hyde Bailey, followed by two short Sabbath poems by Wendell Berry. The fourth poem was one that I wrote for the occasion, that is my response to all the violence of recent months (especially after Ferguson), and the ways so many people today — on the Right and on the Left — dig their heels in and are averse to dialogue.


Our Only Hope
C. Christopher Smith

As you move through your everyday life
Look at the people surrounding you
The people God made and that God loves.
Who are those who most differ from you?

Vote differently.
Think differently.
Act differently.
Talk differently.
Love differently.
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For those of you who already enjoy poetry, we hope you’ll appreciate this selection of classic pieces being read aloud.

For those of you who don’t love poetry, we’ve compiled a list of 10 singers and actors reading in hopes that they’ll help convince you to.


Compiled by Sarah Lyons


Meryl Streep

Actress, known for a variety of movies including The Devil Wears Prada and most recently Into the Woods


Reading Emily Dickinson’s “In Vain”


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Sarojini_Naidu_in_Bombay_1946Sarojini Naidu (born as Sarojini Chattopadhyay), also known as The Nightingale of India, was an Indian independence activist and poet. Naidu served as the first governor of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh from 1947 to 1949; the first woman to become the governor of an Indian state. She was the second woman to become the president of the Indian National Congress in 1925 and the first Indian woman to do so.
(via Wikipedia)


Download Naidu’s collection of poems
The Golden Threshold

as a FREE ebook from Project Gutenberg.


The Coromandel Fishers
Sarojini Naidu

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