Poetry Selections for Memory work, Appreciation, Inspiration & Fun

A well-worn list of poems we’ve enjoyed over many years.

Some have been memorized, some can be recalled with a bit of prompting and some have been the opening of a door for a holy moment. Some of the links are to the the words of the poems others are to versions set to music which we find helpful for memorizing. I’ve marked these with an *
Mary’s Lamb – Sarah Josepha Hale
Time to Rise – Robert Louis Stevenson
Singing Time – Rose Fyleman
Once I Saw a Little Bird
The Little Turtle – Vachel Lindsay
There Once was a Puffin – Florence Page Jaques
Windy Nights – Robert Louis Stevenson
The Land of Counterpane – Robert Louis Stevenson
My Shadow – Robert Louis Stevenson
The Land of Story-Books – Robert Louis Stevenson
Some One – Walter de La Mare
Furry Bear – A.A. Milne
The Owl and the Pussy-cat – Edward Lear
The Song of Mr. Toad – Kenneth Grahame
Sea Fever – John Masefield
Be Strong! – Maltie Davenport Babcock
The Wooing of Sir Keith -Howard Pyle
Horatius – Thomas Babington Macaulay
The Arrow and the Song – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I Never Saw a Moor – Emily Dickinson
The Day is Done – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ozymandias – Percy Bysshe Shelley
If No One Ever Marries Me – Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Jabberwocky – Lewis Carroll *


Little Things – Julia Fletcher Carney
The Four Friends – A.A. Milne
Forgiven – A.A. Milne*
The Lamb – William Blake
The Tiger  – William Blake
Cock Robin
Tartary -Walter de La Mare
The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes
Lady Clare – Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Inchcape Rock – Robert Southey
If – Rudyard Kipling
No Enemies – Charles Mackay
Waltzing Matilda – A.B. Paterson *


Andy’s Gone with Cattle – Henry Lawson *
How McDougal Topped the Score – Thomas E. Spencer
My Country – Dorothea Mackellar *


Pied Beauty – Gerard Manley Hopkins
The Fool’s Prayer – Edward Rowland Sill


Paul Revere’s Ride – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow *
Opportunity – Edward Rowland Sill
The Hound of Heaven – Francis Thompson
The Charge of the Light Brigade – Alfred Lord Tennyson
Father William – Robert Southey
An Old Woman of the Roads – Padraic Colum
Christmas Bells – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow *
The Destruction of Sennacherib – George Gordon Byron
My Gift – Christina Rossetti 
Daddy Fell into the Pond – Alfred Noyes
The Cupboard – Walter de La Mare
Mr. Nobody
The Night Wind – Eugene Field
Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore – William Brighty Rands
“One, Two, Three!” Henry Cuyler Bunner
The Wreck of the Hesperus – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Excelsior – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Clancy of the Overflow – A.B.Paterson *

The Song of Wandering Aengus – W.B. Yeats *




4 thoughts on “Poetry Selections for Memory work, Appreciation, Inspiration & Fun

  1. It's Jackie stopping by from the February Let's Homeschool High School Blog Hop. I wanted to thank you for linking up with us. I look forward to you linking up with us in March. I see several poems I love and lots of poets I admire. Joyfully,Jackiehttp://letshomeschoolhighschool.com/2014/02/04/homeschool-high-school-february-2014-blog-hop/


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