The experience of each new age requires a new confession, and the world seems always waiting for its poet.

The Rhodora

On Being Asked, Whence is the Flower? In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes, I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods, Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
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04 August

Delight Alone!

In the surging swell Where joys abound, In perfumed wavelets' Trembling sound, In the world's soft breathing Whisp'ring round - To drown thus - sink down thus - all thought gone - delight...

By Richard Wagner
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02 August

The Wanderer

I come down from the mountains The valley dims, the sea roars. I wander silently and am somewhat unhappy. And my sighs always ask "where?" The sun seems so cold...

By George Philip Schmidt
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01 August

The Learn’d Astronomer

When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and...

By Walt Whitman
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31 July

Prayer of Columbus

My terminus near, The clouds already closing in upon me, The voyage balk’d—the course disputed, lost, I yield my ships to Thee. Steersman unseen! henceforth the helms are Thine; Take Thou...

By Walt Whitman
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29 July

Prometheus Unbound

To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite;
To forgive wrongs darker than death or night;
To defy Power, which seems omnipotent;
To love, and bear; to...

By Percy Shelley
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28 July


Unknown, she was my favorite shape, She who relieved me of the worry of being a man, And I see her and I lose her and I suffer My...

By Paul Eluard
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27 July

O My Beloved!

MY body and my mind are grieved for the want of Thee; O my Beloved! come to my house. When people say I am Thy bride, I am...

By Kabir
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26 July


He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in Eternity’s sunrise. William Blake...

By William Blake
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25 July