poets.org

2

poem-a-day

poem-a-day
Sign up to receive an unpublished poem everyday in your inbox.
today's poet
John Keats

On the Grasshopper and Cricket

About this Poem 

“On the Grasshopper and Cricket.” was published in Keats’s book Poems (C. & J. Ollier, 1817). 

On the Grasshopper and Cricket

John Keats, 1795 - 1821

The poetry of earth is never dead:
  When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
  And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper's—he takes the lead
  In summer luxury,—he has never done
  With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:
  On a lone winter evening, when the frost
    Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The Cricket's song, in warmth increasing ever,
  And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,
    The Grasshopper's among some grassy hills.

This poem is in the public domain. 

This poem is in the public domain. 

Kevin Young, Cave Canem reading, New York City, 2004
advertisement
poem

Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas
1937
Toi Derricotte speaking with Claudia Rankine and Juan Felipe Herrera backstage. Poets Forum, New York City, 2014
collection

On Dylan Thomas

A collection about the life and writing of poet Dylan Thomas.

Philip Levine Through the Years

Philip Levine
From left: William Wadsworth, Charles Wright, and Philip Levine, 1997
From left: Chris Hosea, Philip Levine, Patricia Smith, Jillian Weise, John Taylor, Carolyn Forché, Cynthia Hogue, and Sylvain Gallais, Poets Forum, New York City, 2013
Philip Levine
Philip and Frannie Levine
From left: Philip Levine, William Matthews, and Lynn Emanuel, 1992
Philip Levine and C. K. Williams, Poets Forum, New York City, 2005
Philip Levine, Poets Forum, New York City, 2013
From left: Robert Hass, Susan Stewart, C. K. Williams, Heather McHugh, Philip Levine, Susan Howe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Galway Kinnell, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and Frank Bidart, Poets Forum, New York City, 2005
From left: Jane Cooper, Philip Levine, and Robert Giroux, Tribute to John Berryman celebration, 1994
Philip Levine, Poets Forum, New York City, 2005