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    "The Washer-Woman" by Otto Leland Bohanan

    "The Washer-Woman" by Otto Leland Bohanan

    #GoodPoetry​ presents an excerpt from Phillis Wheatley's poem, entitled "To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth". This poem was published in Phillis Wheatley's poetry book, entitled, "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral" in 1773. This poem is in the public domain.
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    Here is the text for the excerpt of Phillis Wheatley's poem, entitled, "To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth":

    Should you, my lord, while you peruse my song,
    Wonder from whence my love of Freedom sprung,
    Whence flow these wishes for the common good,
    By feeling hearts alone best understood,
    I, young in life, by seeming cruel fate
    Was snatch'd from Afric's fancy'd happy seat:
    What pangs excruciating must molest,
    What sorrows labour in my parent's breast?
    Steel'd was that soul and by no misery mov'd
    That from a father seiz'd his babe belov'd:
    Such, such my case. And can I then but pray
    Others may never feel tyrannic sway?
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    "Ars Poetica" by Archibald Macleish

    "Ars Poetica" by Archibald Macleish

    Ars Poetica
    BY ARCHIBALD MACLEISH
    A poem should be palpable and mute
    As a globed fruit,

    Dumb
    As old medallions to the thumb,

    Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
    Of casement ledges where the moss has grown—

    A poem should be wordless
    As the flight of birds.

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    A poem should be motionless in time
    As the moon climbs,

    Leaving, as the moon releases
    Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

    Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
    Memory by memory the mind—

    A poem should be motionless in time
    As the moon climbs.

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    A poem should be equal to:
    Not true.

    For all the history of grief
    An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

    For love
    The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea—

    A poem should not mean
    But be.

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    "One's-Self I Sing" by Walt Whitman, read by Teyuna Trynea Darris

    "One's-Self I Sing" by Walt Whitman, read by Teyuna Trynea Darris

    One’s-Self I sing, a simple separate person,
    Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.

    Of physiology from top to toe I sing,
    Not physiognomy alone nor brain alone is worthy for the Muse, I say the Form complete is worthier far,
    The Female equally with the Male I sing.

    Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power,
    Cheerful, for freest action form’d under the laws divine,
    The Modern Man I sing.

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    "There is no Frigate like a book" by Emily Dickinson

    "There is no Frigate like a book" by Emily Dickinson

    There is no Frigate like a Book
    To take us Lands away
    Nor any Coursers like a Page
    Of prancing Poetry –
    This Traverse may the poorest take
    Without oppress of Toll –
    How frugal is the Chariot
    That bears the Human Soul –

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    "When I Was One-and-Twenty" by A.E. Housman

    "When I Was One-and-Twenty" by A.E. Housman

    "When I Was One-and-Twenty"
    BY A. E. HOUSMAN

    When I was one-and-twenty
    I heard a wise man say,
    “Give crowns and pounds and guineas
    But not your heart away;
    Give pearls away and rubies
    But keep your fancy free.”
    But I was one-and-twenty,
    No use to talk to me.

    When I was one-and-twenty
    I heard him say again,
    “The heart out of the bosom
    Was never given in vain;
    ’Tis paid with sighs a plenty
    And sold for endless rue.”
    And I am two-and-twenty,
    And oh, ’tis true, ’tis true.

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    "IF" by Rudyard Kipling

    "IF" by Rudyard Kipling

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CeeMeeCU ,

Lovely voice...

A lovely voice brings light to poetry... But please... (Just one caveat) Adjust the audio levels to greater ascending volumes... (Oops! Make that 2 caveats)... Clothes are made from cloth, its "He wishes for the cloths of heaven", not clothEs. Thanks

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