“Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare


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Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And Summer’s lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And oft’ is his gold complexion dimm’d;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d:

But thy eternal Summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;

Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

“Answer to a Child’s Question” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


SamuelTaylorColeridgeDo you ask what the birds say? The sparrow, the dove,

The linner and thrush say, “I love and I love!”

In the winter they’re silent — the wind is so strong;

What it says, I don’t know, but it sings a loud song.

But green leaves, and blossoms, and sunny warm weather,

And singing, and loving — all come back together.

But the lark is so brimful of gladness and love,

The green fields below him, the blue sky above,

That he sings, and he sings; and for ever sings he-

“I love my Love, and my Love loves me!”

“Crossing The Bar” by Alfred Lord Tennyson


Alfred_Lord_Tennyson_1869Sunset and evening star,

And one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning of the bar,

When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,

Too full for sound and foam,

When that which drew from out the boundless deep

Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,

And after that the dark!

And may there be no sadness of farewell,

When I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place

The flood may bear me far,

I hope to see my Pilot face to face

When I have crost the bar.

Sneak Peak of GoodPoetry’s New Facelift— Just in time for National Poetry Month beginning April 1


Sneak Peak of What’s Coming to GoodPoetry.org: Just in time for National Poetry Month


GoodPoetry Gets A Facelift— Just in time for National Poetry Month


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The GoodPoetry Journal is getting a much-needed facelift! Check us out in April for new content, including new photos and videos. Also, in honor of National Poetry Month, GoodPoetry will publish poetry each day from poets of the past, and of today! National Poetry Month lasts from April 1st to 30th. Enjoy!