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A New Book of Verse

Some poems from A New Book of Verse

A New Book contains over a thousand poems, all but a handful of them in more or less formal verse. Here is a foretaste of some of the kinds of pleasures to be had while browsing among them.

Anonymous (17th c)
The Maid Would Give Ten Shillings for a Kiss

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880–1918)
The Synagogue / La Synagogue

Mary Barber (c. 1690–1757)
To Mrs. Frances-Arabella Kelly

Aubrey Beardsley (1872–1898)
The Three Musicians

John Clare (1793–1864)
Decay: a Ballad

Charles Dibdin (1745–1814)
The Lady’s Diary

Thomas d’Urfey (1653–1723)
The Green-Gowne

Robert Francis (1901–1987)

John Gray (1866–1934)

R.S. Gwynn (1948–
Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins

Victor Hugo (1802–1885)
Anticipation / Attente

Maxine Kumin (1925)
Morning Swim

Joan LaBombard (1920–
The Return

Ewan MacColl (1925–1089)
Hard Case

Phyllis McGinley (1905–1978)
The 5:32

Thomas McGrath (1916–1990)
Jig Tune: Not for Love

Louise Michel (1830–1905)
The Crows / Les Corbeaux

Winthrop Praed (1802–1839)
The Last Quadrille

Raymond Queneau (1903–1976)
I’m not so scared of that / Je crains pas ça tellement

A.E. Stallings (1968–
Bad News Blues

Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)
Lady Acheson Weary of the Dean


February 2011


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