101 Famous Poems Project

101 of the most-loved poems in the English language – this classic American collection of poems that mirror the political and spiritual evolution of two nations – Great Britain and America – over two centuries has inspired and awed generations of readers.

The 101 Famous Poems Project brings one poem to spoken video every Sunday on YouTube and


“‘Tis the heaven of flowers you see there;
All the wild-flowers of the forest,
All the lilies of the prairie,
When on earth they fade and perish,
Blossom in that heaven above us.”

Hiawatha’s Childhood

The Sentamentalists

Out to Old
Aunt Mary’s

by James Whitcomb Riley

“Wasn’t it pleasant, O brother mine, in those old days of the lost sunshine”

The House by the
Side of the Road

by Sam Walter Foss

“But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.”

Little Boy Blue

by Eugene Field

“The little toy dog is covered with dust, but sturdy and staunch he stands; and the little toy soldier is red with rust,⁠ and his musket moulds in his hands.”

Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
⁠But I with mournful tread,
⁠Walk the deck my Captain lies,
⁠Fallen cold and dead.

Oh Captain! My Captain!

The Warriors

I Have a
Rendezvous with Death

by Alan Seeger

“It may be he shall take my hand and lead me into his dark land.”

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae

“We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.”


by Carl Sandburg

Not even the horror of war can withstand time.


So what’s best – a life of glamour, but with all kinds of risks – or a modest life, but with security and peace?

The Mouse Who Wanted the Glamourous Life

The Romantics

The Rhodora

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If eyes were made for seeing, then Beauty is its own excuse for being.”

The Daffodils

by William Wordsworth

“I wandered lonely as a cloud …”

To a Skylark

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

“As, when night is bare, from one lonely cloud the moon rains out her beams, and heaven is overflowed.”


This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream:—
There spread a cloud of dust along a plain;
And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged
A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords
Shocked upon swords and shields.


The Philosophers

The Happy Warrior

by William Wordsworth

“This is the happy Warrior; this is He whom every Man in arms should wish to be.”

The Builders

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“All are architects of Fate, working in these walls of Time; some with massive deeds and great, some with ornaments of rhyme.”

The Chambered Nautilus

by Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Let each new temple, nobler than the last, shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast, till thou at length art free,”