English Poetry


Voyager upon life's sea,
To yourself be true,
And whatever your lot may be,
Paddle your own canoe.

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I surprised some of you this week by saying not to worry about making mistakes so much.  I don't mean don't try to pass your exams and tests, they are important because you need those little pieces of paper, but don't let fear stop you from experimenting with English.  One of the top UK poets (I had the privilege of seeing him perform in Nottingham once) Benjamin Zephaniah, might convince you, if I can't.  Double negatives, grammar all turned about, but it forms part of the poem and it works! 


Your house is
Falling down
And you got
To eat,
Don't worry
Be happy.

Read more: Don't Worry - Recommended Poem


BACKWARD, turn backward, O Time, in your flight,
Make me a child again just for to-night! 
Mother, come back from the echoless shore, 
Take me again to your heart as of yore; 
Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care,         
Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair; 
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;

Rock me to sleep, mother,—rock me to sleep!

Read more: Rock Me to Sleep - Recommended Poem