19th Century Poems

The influential verse of the 19th century included the work of poets like William Wordsworth, John Keats, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, and many more. 19th-century poets are among the most influential and well-read of all time. Their incredible work has inspired generations of writers, reaching to the present day.

To Fight Aloud, is Very Brave

by Emily Dickinson

‘To fight aloud, is very brave’ by Emily Dickinson compares inner and outer struggles. She emphasizes the former, suggesting it is far more complex and difficult than it seems.

To fight aloud, is very brave -

But gallanter, I know

Who charge within the bosom

The Calvalry of Wo - 

To Hope

by John Keats

‘To Hope’ by John Keats depicts the power and influence that Hope, as a personified force sent by God, can have on a struggling world.

When by my solitary hearth I sit,

When no fair dreams before my “mind’s eye” flit,

And the bare heath of life presents no bloom;

Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,

And wave thy silver pinions o’er my head.

To Know Just How He Suffered Would Be Dear

by Emily Dickinson

‘To Know Just How He Suffered Would Be Dear’ by Emily Dickinson is about suffering. The speaker explores what others experience, particularly one person she loved dearly.

To know just how He suffered — would be dear —

To know if any Human eyes were near

To whom He could entrust His wavering gaze —

Until it settle broad — on Paradise —

To My Mother

by Edgar Allan Poe

‘To My Mother’ by Edgar Allan Poe is a thoughtful poem that addresses the poet’s personal losses, such as the death of his biological mother, and what high esteem he now holds mothers in.

To My Sister

by William Wordsworth

‘To My Sister’ by William Wordsworth is a ten-stanza poem that is separated into sets of four lines, or quatrains.

It is the first mild day of March:

Each minute sweeter than before

The redbreast sings from the tall larch

That stands beside our door.

To Night

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

This is a remarkable lyric by Percy Bysshe Shelley. It is full of the passion and the yearning so typical

To One Dead

by Francis Ledwidge

Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917) was an Irish poet, killed during the First World War (1914-1918). From a poor family, he worked

To Sappho I

by Sara Teasdale

‘To Sappho I’ by Sara Teasdale speaks on the beauty of the past as seen from a tainted future that has lost it’s joy and magic. 

To Sleep

by John Keats

In ‘To Sleep’, John Keats presents a lyrical voice that desires to go to sleep. The action of sleeping will

To The Nile

by John Keats

The sonnet, To The Nile, by John Keats, has been written in the Petrarchan style. This contains an ocatave (the

To William Wordsworth

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

‘To William Wordsworth’ is Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s response to William Wordsworth’s autobiographical poem. Coleridge first encountered Wordsworth’s autobiographical poem, The


by Louisa May Alcott

‘Transfiguration’ by Louisa May Alcott is a personal poem written from the poet’s own perspective. It details her emotions surrounding her mother.

Tree At My Window

by Robert Frost

‘Tree At My Window’ by Robert Frost celebrates the speaker’s love for nature. He focuses in on one specific tree outside his window that’s meant a lot to him.

Tree at my window, window tree,

My sash is lowered when night comes on;

But let there never be curtain drawn

Between you and me.


by Christina Rossetti

The poem, Twice, by Christina Rossetti, can be compared with “Maude Clare”. Where the latter poem centers around the love

Two Butterflies went out at Noon—

by Emily Dickinson

‘Two Butterflies went out at Noon—,’ by one of the greatest American poets, Emily Dickinson is a thought-provoking piece of art. It boundlessly captures the journey of two butterflies to eternity.

Two Butterflies went out at Noon—

And waltzed above a Farm—

Then stepped straight through the

Firmament And rested on a Beam—


by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The dramatic monologue ‘Ulysses’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson presents the indomitable courage and adventurous zeal of old Ulysses: a man of adventure.

Unending Love

by Rabindranath Tagore

‘Unending Love’ is a beautiful love poem written by the maestro and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, popularly known as the “Gurudev” of Bengali poetry. This poem taps on the themes of spiritual love and immortality.

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by George Henry Boker

George Henry Boker, having lived through the American Civil War, wrote a book full of poetry that depicts the effects


by Christina Rossetti

Poems that depict struggle are, generally speaking, poems that are universal. Everyone struggles in some capacity or the other, and

Venus of the Louvre

by Emma Lazarus

‘Venus of the Louvre’ by Emma Lazarus describes the sights seen and emotions experienced by a narrator who is visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. 

Victory comes late

by Emily Dickinson

‘Victory comes late’ by Emily Dickinson is a thoughtful and complex poem. It explores the ways people interact with God and religion.

Victory comes late – And is held low to freezing lips – Too rapt with frost

Void in Law

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

‘Void in Law’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning depicts the scuffle many Victorian women endured after getting married. The woman has been left alone with no real resources by a husband who prefers to spend time with his mistress.

We Are Seven

by William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth was certainly not without his share of tragedy, and this poem, “We Are Seven”, is one which evokes this tragic feeling.

———A simple Child,

That lightly draws its breath,

And feels its life in every limb,

What should it know of death?

What Is Pink?

by Christina Rossetti

‘What Is Pink?’ shows similarity and beauty that can be achieved when granting things deeper considerations than just surface appearances.

What mystery pervades a well!

by Emily Dickinson

‘What mystery pervades a well!’ by Emily Dickinson describe limits to ones knowledge no matter how much time they spend of the natural world.

What mystery pervades a well!

That water lives so far –

A neighbor from another world

Residing in a jar

What Would I Give?

by Christina Rossetti

‘What Would I Give?’ by Christina Rossetti is a first person narrative that describes a speaker’s emotionally damaged and depressed state of mind. 

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