FEBRUARY POEMS

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Another Of Those Curious Coincidences

On February 15, the House of Representatives passed a bill making it
unlawful to ship in interstate commerce the products of a mill, cannery
or factory which have been produced by the labor of children under
fourteen years.
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Alice Duer Miller
Months

January cold desolate;
February all dripping wet;
March wind ranges;
April changes;
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Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti
Rhapsody

Lo! here a cloud comes sailing, richly clad
In royal purple, which the parting beams
Of bounteous Phoebus edge with tints of gold
And lucid crimson. One might fancy it
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Matilda Betham

Matilda Betham
My Lady Of Whims

(A medieval Spanish legend slanderously setting forth the utter unreason of woman.)
ROMAQUIA sat and wept her
Lace mantilla full of tears.
King Abit laid by his scepter,
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Katharine Lee Bates
To D--

In thee I fondly hoped to clasp
A friend whom death alone could sever;
Till envy, with malignant grasp,
Detach'd thee from my breast for ever.
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George Gordon Byron
Tamar

I
A night the half-moon was like a dancing-girl,
No, like a drunkard's last half-dollar
Shoved on the polished bar of the eastern hill-range,
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Robinson Jeffers
February

THE trees stand brown against the gray,
The shivering gray of field and sky;
The mists wrapt round the dying day
The shroud poor days wear as they die:
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Edith Nesbit

Edith Nesbit
February Twilight

I stood beside a hill
Smooth with new-laid snow,
A single star looked out
From the cold evening glow.
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Sara Teasdale
No Brigadier Throughout The Year

1561

No Brigadier throughout the Year
So civic as the Jay-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Love's Treacherous Pool

("Jeune fille, l'amour c'est un miroir.")

[XXVI., February, 1835.]

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Victor-marie Hugo
Celandine

Thinking of her had saddened me at first,
Until I saw the sun on the celandines lie
Redoubled, and she stood up like a flame,
A living thing, not what before I nursed,
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Edward Thomas
A Walk

February on the narrow beach, 3o
A.M. I set out south. Cape Cod Light
on its crumbling cliff above me turns
its wand of light so steadily
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William Matthews
February

A few tossed thrushes save
That carolled less than cried
Against the dying rave
And moan that never died,
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Ralph Hodgson
Waxwings

Four Tao philosophers as cedar waxwings
chat on a February berry bush
in sun, and I am one.

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Robert Francis
The Unknown Eros. Book I.

I
Saint Valentineâ??s Day

Well dost thou, Love, thy solemn Feast to hold
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Coventry Patmore

Coventry Patmore
In February

Rich meanings of the prophet-Spring adorn,
Unseen, this colourless sky of folded showers,
And folded winds; no blossom in the bowers;
A poet's face asleep in this grey morn.
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Alice Meynell

Alice Meynell
Dear Keats

Already six years past your age!
The steps in Rome,
the house near Hampstead Heath,
& all your fears
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Erica Jong
Bermuda

O charming blossom of the sea
Atlantic waters bosomed in!
Abiding-place of gayety,
Elysian bower of “Cora Linn,”
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Hattie Howard
Faith

I's a-gittin' weary of de way dat people do,
De folks dat's got dey ‘ligion in dey fiah-place an' flue;
Dey's allus somep'n comin' so de spit'll have to turn,
An' hit tain't no p'oposition fu' to mek de hickory bu'n.
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Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar
Maurine: Part 07

With much hard labour and some pleasure fraught,
The months rolled by me noiselessly, that taught
My hand to grow more skilful in its art,
Strengthened my daring dream of fame, and brought
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
For The Anniversary Of John Keats' Death

(February 23, 1821)

At midnight when the moonlit cypress trees
Have woven round his grave a magic shade,
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Sara Teasdale
February

They spoke of him I love
With cruel words and gay;
My lips kept silent guard
On all I could not say.
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Sara Teasdale
The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar

1

The children of the Czar
Played with a bouncing ball
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Delmore Schwartz

Delmore Schwartz
White As An Indian Pipe

1250

White as an Indian Pipe
Red as a Cardinal Flower
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
George W. Childs.

FEBRUARY 4TH, 1894.


"Gone to his exceeding great reward,"
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George W. Doneghy
The Thrush In February

I know him, February's thrush,
And loud at eve he valentines
On sprays that paw the naked bush
Where soon will sprout the thorns and bines.
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George Meredith

George Meredith
Verses On Games

Here is a horse to tame
Here is a gun to handle
God knows you can enter the game
If you'll only pay for the same,
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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
The Manor Farm

THE rock-like mud unfroze a little, and rills
Ran and sparkled down each side of the road
Under the catkins wagging in the hedge.
But earth would have her sleep out, spite of the sun;
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Edward Thomas
Warble Of Lilac-time

WARBLE me now, for joy of Lilac-time,
Sort me, O tongue and lips, for Nature's sake, and sweet life's
sake--and death's the same as life's,
Souvenirs of earliest summer--birds' eggs, and the first berries;
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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
Birthday Ode For The Anniversary Festival Of Victor Hugo

Strophe 1.
Spring, born in heaven ere many a springtime flown,
Dead spring that sawest on earth
A babe of deathless birth,
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Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne
The Many

Greene, garlanded with February's few flowers
Ere March came in with Marlowe's rapturous rage;
Peele, from whose hand the sweet white locks of age
Took the mild chaplet woven of honored hours;
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Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne
The End Of The Library

When the coal
Gave out, we began
Burning the books, one by one;
First the set
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Weldon Kees
In Memory Of A Happy Day In February

Blessed be Thou for all the joy
My soul has felt to-day!
Oh, let its memory stay with me,
And never pass away!
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Anne Brontë
The River

It is a venerable place,
An old ancestral ground,
So broad, the rainbow wholly stands
Within its lordly bound;
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Coventry Patmore

Coventry Patmore
The Battle Of Gujrat

'Twas in the year of 1849, and on the 20th of February,
Lord Gough met and attacked Shere Sing right manfully.
The Sikh Army numbered 40,000 in strength,
And showing a front about two miles length.
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William Topaz Mcgonagall
A Valentine

Sent to a friend who had complained that I was glad enough to see
him when he came, but didn't seem to miss him if he stayed away.

And cannot pleasures, while they last,
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Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll
The Inventory

SIR, as your mandate did request,
I send you here a faithfu' list,
O' gudes an' gear, an' a' my graith,
To which I'm clear to gi'e my aith.
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Robert Burns

Robert Burns
Buried To-day

February 23, 1858.

BURIED to-day.
When the soft green buds are bursting out,
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Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
The Shepherds Calendar - February - A Thaw

The snow is gone from cottage tops
The thatch moss glows in brighter green
And eves in quick succession drops
Where grinning ides once hath been
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John Clare

John Clare
The Burning Of The Ship Kent

Good people of high and low degree,
I pray ye all to list to me,
And I'll relate a harrowing tale of the sea
Concerning the burning of the ship "Kent" in the Bay of Biscay,
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William Topaz Mcgonagall
A Calendar Of Sonnets: February

Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
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Helen Hunt Jackson

Helen Hunt Jackson
Self-criticism In February

The bay is not blue but sombre yellow
With wrack from the battered valley, it is speckled with violent
foam-heads
And tiger-striped with long lovely storm-shadows.
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Robinson Jeffers
The Months: A Pageant

PERSONIFICATIONS.

Boys. Girls.
January. February.
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Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti
A Prophecy. February 1807

HIGH deeds, O Germans, are to come from you!
Thus in your books the record shall be found,
'A watchword was pronounced, a potent sound--
ARMINIUS!--all the people quaked like dew
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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
To Sincerity

O sweet sincerity! -
Where modern methods be
What scope for thine and thee?

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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy
Wild Peaches

1

When the world turns completely upside down
You say we'll emigrate to the Eastern Shore
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Elinor Morton Wylie
The Years Had Worn Their Season's Belt

The years had worn their seasons' belt,
From bud to rosy prime,
Since Nellie by the larch-pole knelt
And helped the hop to climb.
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George Meredith

George Meredith
Among The Trees

Oh ye who love to overhang the springs,
And stand by running waters, ye whose boughs
Make beautiful the rocks o'er which they play,
Who pile with foliage the great hills, and rear
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William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant
Winter Night

It snowed and snowed ,the whole world over,
Snow swept the world from end to end.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.
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Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak
A Winter Piece.

The time has been that these wild solitudes,
Yet beautiful as wild, were trod by me
Oftener than now; and when the ills of life
Had chafed my spirit, when the unsteady pulse
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William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant