Poetry (8 pages found in this category)

Areopagus (poetry)

Supposed organisation of poets centred on reforming English verse, founded in the 16th century.


Clumsy and awkward verse often employed for comic effect.

Tam o’ Shanter

Narrative poem by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, first published in 1791.

The Diverting History of John Gilpin

Comic poem by the English poet William Cowper, first published in 1782.

The Inchcape Rock

Ballad written by the English poet Robert Southey. Published in 1802, it tells the story of a 14th-century attempt by the Abbot of Arbroath (“Aberbrothock”) to install a warning bell on Inchcape, a notorious sandstone reef about 11 miles (18 km) off the east coast of Scotland.

To a Louse

Poem by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, first published in 1786.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

English poem and nursery rhyme by Jane Taylor, first published in 1806 under the title “The Star”.

You Are Old, Father William

Poem by Lewis Carroll that first appeared in his book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865).