From the BPC Historical Collection
ISBN: 978-1440433917
    In the Victorian Age and up into the middle of the 20th Century   Poetry was once the most popular form of reading.  Everybody had
their favorite authors and poems.   Everyone, it seemed, could quote a poem from memory.  As a matter of fact, in the old days, poetry
was required reading.  In 1925 my Mother had to memorize and recite the poem Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant when she was
in the eighth grade.  She never forgot it and could quote from it all her life.
    I remember when I was but a small lad. My Mother and Sisters would sometimes read poetry to me.  I still can remember the chill
that ran up my spine when my sister read "Little Orphan Annie."  I watched out for those goblins for the longest time.  I didn't want
them to come get me and pull me up through the ceiling.  
    This collection of vintage poetry contains works that stood out above the thousands that have been written over the years.   Some
will make you smile, some will make you cry, some may take you back to your childhood and some may even frighten you a little.  
There are poems that tell stories that may inspire you.  Try reading some, such as "The Owl and the Fox", to your children or
grandchildren and watch their eyes light up.
    In case you should find yourself in the mood for some humor, I have included a few pages of limericks.   Limericks are five line
poems that were made popular by Edward Lear in 1845 when he published his first "Book of Nonsense".   This section includes some
of his original Limericks.
                                                                                                                                                                                           C. Stephen Badgley
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Selected Vintage Poetry
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Eugene Field

A Georgia Volunteer
Mary Ashland Townsend

Always Finish

America the Beautiful
Katherine Lee Bates

Annabel Lee
Edgar Allen Poe

Annie and Willie's Prayers
Sophia P. Snow

William Robert Spencer

Felicia Hemens

Casey at the Bat
Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Casey's Revenge
James Wilson

Casey Twenty Years Later
S. P.  McDonald

Christmas Day in the Workhouse
George R. Sims

Joaquin Miller

Days of Birth

Don't Quit

Langdon Smith


Grandfather's Clock
Henry Clay Work

Guilty or Not Guilty

Home Sweet Home
John Howard Payne

How Do I Love Thee
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How He Saved St. Michael's
Mary A. P. Stansbury

I Had but Fifty Cents

I Shall Not Pass This Way Again

Rudyard Kipling

In Flanders Field
John McCrae
In Sorrow
William Ernest Henley

It Couldn't be Done
Edgar A. Guest

John Maynard
Horatio Alger Jr.

Judged by the Company We keep

Katie Lee and Willie Grey
Josie R. Hunt and T. H Pixley

Kentucky Belle
Constance Fenimore Woolson

Little Boy Blue
Eugene Field

Little Orphan Annie
James Whitcomb Riley

H. D. L. Webster

New Friend and Old Friends
Joseph Parry

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Robert Frost

Ostler Joe
George R. Sims

Out There Somewhere
Henry Herbert Knibbs

Over the Hill to the Poorhouse
Will M. Carleton

Paul Revere's Ride
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Said the Rose
George H. Miles

Somebody's Darling
Marie Ravenal de Lacoste

William Cullen Bryan

The Bank Thief
J. R. Farrell

The Battle of Blenheim
Robert Southey

The Blackberry Girl
Nancy Dennis Sproat

The Blind Men and the Elephant
John Godfrey Saxe

The Charge of the Light Brigade
Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Face Upon the Floor
H. Antoine D'Arcy

The Hellbound Train
The Lake of the Dismal Swamp

The Last Hymn
Marianne Farningham

The Loom of Time

The Mistletoe Bough
Thomas Haynes Bayly

The Owl and the Fox

The Owl and the Pussycat
Edward Lear

The Path that Leads to Nowhere
Corinne Roosevelt Robinson

The Raven
Edgar Allen Poe

The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost

The Touch of the Master's Hand
Myra Brooks Welch

The Unknown Soldier
Billy Rose

The Vagabonds
John Townsend Trowbridge

The Village Smithy
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Yarn of the Nancy Bell
W. S. Gilbert

Joyce Kilmer

Twenty Years Ago
Dill Armor Smith

Two Pictures

Walk Slowly
Adelide Love

What We Think
Oliver Wendell Holmes

When We Two Parted
Lord Byron

Will You Love Me When I'm Old

Woodman, Spare that Tree
George Perkins Morris

Young Charlotte

Various authors