(This Be The Verse (BY PHILIP LARKIN

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.        They may not mean to, but they do.    They fill you with the faults they had     And add some extra, just for you.   But they were fucked up in their turn     By fools i

The Tyger by WillIam Black

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,  In the forests of the night;  What immortal hand or eye,  Could frame thy fearful symmetry?   In what distant deeps or skies.  Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand, dare seize the fire?   And


On Turning her up in her Nest, with the Plough, November 1785.   Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what a panic’s in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty,           Wi’ bickerin brattle! I wad


I too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond      all this fiddle.   Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one      discovers that there is in   it after all, a place for the genuine.  


BY LOUISE GLÜCK   It is not the moon, I tell you. It is these flowers lighting the yard.   I hate them. I hate them as I hate sex, the man’s mouth sealing my mouth, the man’s paralyzing body—   and the cry that always escapes, the low

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Still I Rise

BY MAYA ANGELOU   You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise.   Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in


 SYLVIA PLATH You do not do, you do not do    Any more, black shoe In which I have lived like a foot    For thirty years, poor and white,    Barely daring to breathe or Achoo.   Daddy, I have had to kill you.    You died

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Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMother of Exiles. From her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes com

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wa

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Your eyes A thorn in my heart Painful yet adorable I shield it from the wind And stab it deep through the night Through pain Its wound illuminates the darkness Transforms my present into future Dearer than my soul And I shall forget as our eyes meet That once we were together behind the g

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