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Famous Short Poems

  1. Fog
    by Carl Sandburg
    “The fog comes
    on little cat feet.”
    Word Count: 21, Lines: 6, Reading Level: 3.68
  2. The Eagle
    by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    “He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
    Close to the sun in lonely lands,”
    Word Count: 39, Lines: 6, Reading Level: 6.24
  3. Nothing Gold Can Stay
    by Robert Frost
    “Nature's first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.”
    Word Count: 40, Lines: 8, Reading Level: 2.47
  4. There is no frigate like a book
    by Emily Dickinson
    “There is no frigate like a book
    To take us lands away,”
    Word Count: 41, Lines: 8, Reading Level: 8.23
  5. If I can stop one heart from breaking
    by Emily Dickinson
    “If I can stop one heart from breaking
    I shall not live in vain;”
    Word Count: 41, Lines: 7, Reading Level: 13.93
  6. Wild nights — Wild nights!
    by Emily Dickinson
    “Wild nights! Wild nights!
    Were I with thee,”
    Word Count: 43, Lines: 12, Reading Level: .23
  7. I'm nobody! Who are you?
    by Emily Dickinson
    “I'm nobody! Who are you?
    Are you nobody, too?”
    Word Count: 45, Lines: 8, Reading Level: 2.13
  8. Simplicity (How happy is the little stone)
    by Emily Dickinson
    “How happy is the little stone
    That rambles in the road alone,”
    Word Count: 46, Lines: 10, Reading Level: 22.87
  9. Fire and Ice
    by Robert Frost
    “Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.”
    Word Count: 51, Lines: 9, Reading Level: 4.92
  10. There is another sky
    by Emily Dickinson
    “There is another sky,
    Ever serene and fair,”
    Word Count: 65, Lines: 14, Reading Level: 25.92
  11. Hope is the thing with feathers
    by Emily Dickinson
    “Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul,”
    Word Count: 70, Lines: 12, Reading Level: 12.22
  12. Trees
    by Joyce Kilmer
    “I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.”
    Word Count: 80, Lines: 12, Reading Level: 8.68
  13. I like to see it lap the miles
    by Emily Dickinson
    “I like to see it lap the miles,
    And lick the valleys up,”
    Word Count: 82, Lines: 16, Reading Level: 32.51
  14. I taste a liquor never brewed
    by Emily Dickinson
    “I taste a liquor never brewed,
    From tankards scooped in pearl;”
    Word Count: 83, Lines: 20, Reading Level: 8.43
  15. A Noiseless Patient Spider
    by Walt Whitman
    “A noiseless patient spider,
    I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,”
    Word Count: 87, Lines: 10, Reading Level: 19.82
  16. The Arrow and the Song
    by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “I shot an arrow into the air,
    It fell to earth, I knew not where;”
    Word Count: 88, Lines: 12, Reading Level: 9.39
  17. I felt a funeral in my brain
    by Emily Dickinson
    “I felt a funeral in my brain
    And mourners, to and fro,”
    Word Count: 92, Lines: 16, Reading Level: 7.75
  18. I heard a Fly buzz when I died
    by Emily Dickinson
    “I heard a Fly buzz when I died;
    The stillness round my form”
    Word Count: 92, Lines: 16, Reading Level: 10.99
  19. A Late Walk
    by Robert Frost
    “When I go up through the mowing field,
    The headless aftermath,”
    Word Count: 96, Lines: 16, Reading Level: 12.01
  20. In Flanders Fields
    by John McCrae
    “In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,”
    Word Count: 97, Lines: 16, Reading Level: 5.48
  21. We Wear the Mask
    by Paul Laurence Dunbar
    “We wear the mask that grins and lies,
    It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—”
    Word Count: 98, Lines: 15, Reading Level: 5.66
  22. Bright Star
    by John Keats
    “Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art—
    Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night,”
    Word Count: 101, Lines: 14, Reading Level: 20.70
  23. Crossing the Bar
    by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    “Sunset and evening star,
    And one clear call for me!”
    Word Count: 102, Lines: 16, Reading Level: 8.12
  24. To My Dear and Loving Husband
    by Anne Bradstreet
    “If ever two were one, then surely we.
    If ever man were loved by wife, than thee;”
    Word Count: 103, Lines: 12, Reading Level: 5.20
  25. Concord Hymn
    by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
    Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,”
    Word Count: 109, Lines: 16, Reading Level: 9.33
  26. Break, Break, Break
    by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    “Break, break, break,
    On thy cold gray stones, O sea!”
    Word Count: 110, Lines: 16, Reading Level: 3.73
  27. When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be
    by John Keats
    “When I have fears that I may cease to be
    Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,”
    Word Count: 110, Lines: 14, Reading Level: 42.54
  28. Ozymandias
    by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “I met a traveler from an antique land
    Who said: 'Two vast and trunkless legs of stone”
    Word Count: 111, Lines: 14, Reading Level: 10.54
  29. Remember
    by Christina Rossetti
    “Remember me when I am gone away,
    Gone far away into the silent land;”
    Word Count: 111, Lines: 14, Reading Level: 13.72
  30. When I consider how my light is spent
    by John Milton
    “When I consider how my light is spent,
    Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,”
    Word Count: 113, Lines: 14, Reading Level: 8.05
  31. Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day
    by William Shakespeare
    “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate:”
    Word Count: 114, Lines: 14, Reading Level: 21.23
  32. Holy Sonnet 10: Death, be not proud
    by John Donne
    “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
    Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;”
    Word Count: 123, Lines: 14, Reading Level: 10.12
  33. Sonnet 43: How Do I Love Thee?
    by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
    I love thee to the depth and breadth and height ”
    Word Count: 127, Lines: 14, Reading Level: 3.01

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