Poetry: Shakespeare – Sonnet 138

When my love swears that she is made of truth,I do believe her, though I know she lies,That she might think me some untutored youth,Unlearnèd in the world’s false subtleties.Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,Although she knows my days are past the best,Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue:On both sides thus is simple …

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Poetry: Pound – In a Station of the Metro

The apparition of these faces in the crowd:Petals on a wet, black bough.Pound One of my favorite poems, "In a Station of the Metro" is a piece of Imagist poetry depicting the briefest moment of time in crisp language and quick emotion. While I seldom like modernist poetry, this one has always fascinated me. Unlike …

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Poetry: Frost – A Patch of Old Snow

"The news of a day I've forgotten -- If I ever read it." -Robert Frost "A Patch of Old Snow

Poetry: Wheatley – On Being Brought from Africa to America

’Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,Taught my benighted soul to understandThat there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.Some view our sable race with scornful eye,‘Their colour is a diabolic die.’Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.Phillis Wheatley, On Being Brought from Africa to America I first heard …

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Poetry: Longfellow – Snow-flakes

Out of the bosom of the Air,      Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,Over the woodlands brown and bare,      Over the harvest-fields forsaken,            Silent, and soft, and slow            Descends the snow.Even as our cloudy fancies take      Suddenly shape in some divine expression,Even as the troubled heart doth make      In the white countenance confession,            The troubled sky reveals            The grief it feels.This is …

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