Robert Frost’s Poem “The Road Not Taken” Allows You to Think About the Choices You Make In Life

If you are one of those who see life as a journey, then Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" is something that, whether you like poetry or not, you should reflect deeply. But what makes this poem special is that it highlights those moments when you, the traveler on this journey called life, have … Continue reading Robert Frost’s Poem “The Road Not Taken” Allows You to Think About the Choices You Make In Life

“The Elf King” By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). This German ballad is woven into the belief that elves, fairies, and other semi-supernatural creatures do not possess souls and can only obtain them by snatching them from humans. In this poem, notice carefully who is speaking in each stanza--the father, the child, or the Elf King. Read to get … Continue reading “The Elf King” By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“There Are Two Seas” By Bruce Barton

Bruce Barton (August 5, 1896-July 5, 1967) was an American advertising executive and has written a best-selling book titled "The Man Nobody Knows," which portrays Jesus as the forerunner of successful businessmen whose parables were "the most powerful advertisements of all time." A parable, like the selection below, is a short realistic narrative with a … Continue reading “There Are Two Seas” By Bruce Barton

“Abou Ben Adhem” By Leigh Hunt

Leigh Hunt was an English essayist, political radical, poet, and journalist. He is remembered for his association with the English romantic poets, like Shelley, Keats, and Byron. Of his many poems, "Abou Ben Adhem" is his best known work. Let's read to find out what significant rule of meaningful conduct can be derived from the … Continue reading “Abou Ben Adhem” By Leigh Hunt

Sara Teasdale’s Words Shine with “Stars”

Sara Trevor Teasdale (August 8, 1884 - January 29, 1933) was an American lyric poet who loves to write lots of love poetry until her death by suicide at age 48. Teasdale's work was always characterized by its simplicity and clarity, its use of classical forms, and its passionate and romantic theme. Imagine standing for … Continue reading Sara Teasdale’s Words Shine with “Stars”

“Contentment” By Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. was complicated, a polymath: inventor, novelist, poet, orator, and physician. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. was an American professor, lecturer, poet, author, physician, and inventor. He wrote biographies, lectures, essays, public speeches, and poems--both serious and humorous. His best-known works include "Old Ironsides", "The Chambered Nautilus", "The Deacons Masterpiece", and a collection … Continue reading “Contentment” By Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Two Poems On World Friendship: “All Together” By Catherine Cate Coblentz and “My Hand Shall Know” By Don Manker

"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together."--Woodrow Wilson Much hope is placed in our efforts around the world to educate the youth in international perspective and attitude. Learning to believe and act as citizens of the world is, in fact, an ambitious ideal; it has been a dream not realized … Continue reading Two Poems On World Friendship: “All Together” By Catherine Cate Coblentz and “My Hand Shall Know” By Don Manker

Charles MacKay’s Take On Happiness In His Poem “The Miller Of the Dee”

Charles Mackay (1814-1889) was a British poet and journalist, and the son of a naval officer. He was born in Perth and studied at the Royal Caledonian Asylum, London, and in Brussels. In Charles MacKay's poem, The Miller of the Dee, there was a miller who works hard grinding corn and other grains all day. … Continue reading Charles MacKay’s Take On Happiness In His Poem “The Miller Of the Dee”

Gabriela Mistral’s Take On Service to Others

Gabriela Mistral in her later years. Gabriela Mistral's real name is Lucila Godoy, a native of Chile, and she won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1945. The great poetess from Chile became a teacher at the age of sixteen and was selected by the Mexican government to organize its rural schools in 1922. She … Continue reading Gabriela Mistral’s Take On Service to Others

A Short Note On Walt Whitman’s Poem “The Commonplace”

America's world poet Walt Whitman was in his 50s when this photo was taken. Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was the first American poet to pronounce a declaration of independence against conventional forms of poetry. For him, poetry should be the natural expression of simple and natural people in a simple and natural language. He doesn't like … Continue reading A Short Note On Walt Whitman’s Poem “The Commonplace”