The nights are short and sometimes the holidays are hard. Find comfort in this month’s By Heart column, in which we wrap up our memorization of Jane Kenyon’s “Let Evening Come.”
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Looking for peace? Find it in this month’s By Heart column, in which we wrap up our memorization of Sara Teasdale’s “Peace” and learn some surprising memory techniques.
“Come, my friends.” Join us for this month’s By Heart column, in which we wrap up our memorization of the last lines of Tennyson’s ‘Ulysses.’
By Hand is a monthly prompt focused on freeing our words by using our hands. This month, Megan Willome shares the connection between our hands and our hearts as we prepare to launch By Heart in October.
I set myself the daily task of writing a poem each morning to my body.
When poet Marie Ponsot suffered a stroke at the age of 89, she lost all of her language.
Children’s poetry speaks to the child within us. Join us as we read Joyce Sidman’s “What the Heart Knows” for National Poetry Month.
< Return to Emily Dickinson Poems IX. Have you got a brook in your little heart, Where bashful flowers blow, And blushing birds go down to drink, And shadows tremble so? And nobody knows, so still it flows, That any brook is there; And yet your little draught of life Is daily drunken there. Then […]
< Return to Emily Dickinson Poems IX. The heart asks pleasure first, And then, excuse from pain; And then, those little anodynes That deaden suffering; And then, to go to sleep; And then, if it should be The will of its Inquisitor, The liberty to die. —Emily Dickinson From Poems by Emily Dickinson. Edited by […]
< Return to Emily Dickinson Poems VI. If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. —Emily Dickinson From Poems by Emily Dickinson. […]
Our Poet Laura Karen Paul Holmes shares the first poem to break her heart. What was the first poem that broke yours?
“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Julian Symons, first published 42 years ago, remains the best biography of Edgar Allan Poe.
< Return to all 154 William Shakespeare Sonnets Sonnet CXXXIII (133) Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan For that deep wound it gives my friend and me! Is’t not enough to torture me alone, But slave to slavery my sweet’st friend must be? Me from myself thy cruel eye hath taken, And […]
< Return to all 154 William Shakespeare Sonnets Sonnet CIX (109) O, never say that I was false of heart, Though absence seem’d my flame to qualify. As easy might I from myself depart As from my soul, which in thy breast doth lie: That is my home of love: if I have ranged, Like […]
< Return to all 154 William Shakespeare Sonnets Sonnet XLVII (47) Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took, And each doth good turns now unto the other: When that mine eye is famish’d for a look, Or heart in love with sighs himself doth smother, With my love’s picture then my eye doth […]
< Return to all 154 William Shakespeare Sonnets Sonnet XLVI (46) Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war How to divide the conquest of thy sight; Mine eye my heart thy picture’s sight would bar, My heart mine eye the freedom of that right. My heart doth plead that thou in him dost […]
< Return to all 154 William Shakespeare Sonnets Sonnet XXXI (31) Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts, Which I by lacking have supposed dead, And there reigns love and all love’s loving parts, And all those friends which I thought buried. How many a holy and obsequious tear Hath dear religious love stol’n from […]
In this week’s To Bless the Space Between Us, we consider John O’Donohue’s blessings for thresholds, homecomings and states of heart.
Author Megan Willome shares her Top 10 list of holiday books for children. Adults with childlike hearts will love them too.
Poetry, poetry. Oh, great poetry. This is the mantra of many who love the form, but it’s sometimes good to remind ourselves that, in and of itself, there is no purity to poetry. The bad actor can use it, as well as the good.