Poetry Explorer

Search Classic and Contemporary Poetry

Search Results

Back to search

Searching...
Author: BERRYMAN, JOHN
Matches Found: 54


Berryman, John    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, John, Jr.
54 poems available by this author


A SYMPATHY, A WELCOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Feel for your bad fall how could I fail
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


ALCOHOLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: O all the problems other people face
Last Line: You will & with me
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Prayer; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


AMERICAN LIGHTS, SEEN FROM OFF ABROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Blue go up & blue go down
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


CANTO AMOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Dream in a dream the heavy soul somewhere
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


CONVERSATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Whether the moorings are invisible
Last Line: Into this delicate and dangerous place
Subject(s): War


DESPAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: It seems to be dark all the time
Last Line: Utter, his father, one word
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


ELEGY, FOR ALUN LEWIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Little attention we paid to each other alive
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


FARE WELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Motions of waking trouble winter air
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


FORMAL ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: A hurdle of water, and o these waters are cold
Last Line: Let us continue
Subject(s): Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963)


FOUR DREAMS SONGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The greens of the ganges delta foliate
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


HENRY'S UNDERSTANDING       
First Line: He was reading late, at richard's, down in maine
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


HOMAGE TO MISTRESS BRADSTREET (COMPLETE)    Poem Text    
First Line: The governor your husband lived so long
Last Line: A sourcing whom my lost candle like the firefly loves
Subject(s): Bradstreet, Anne (1612-1672)


HOMAGE TO MISTRESS BRADSTREET: 17    Poem Text    
First Line: The winters close, springs open, no child stirs
Subject(s): Birth; Bradstreet, Anne (1612-1672); Child Birth; Midwifery


HOMAGE TO MISTRESS BRADSTREET: 18    Poem Text    
First Line: Whose passionless dicker in the shade, whose glance
Subject(s): Birth; Bradstreet, Anne (1612-1672); Child Birth; Midwifery


HOMAGE TO MISTRESS BRADSTREET: 19    Poem Text    
First Line: So squeezed, wince you I scream? I love you & hate
Last Line: Shame I am voiding oh behind it is too late
Subject(s): Birth; Bradstreet, Anne (1612-1672); Child Birth; Midwifery


HOMAGE TO MISTRESS BRADSTREET: 20    Poem Text    
First Line: Hide me forever I work thrust I must free
Last Line: And it passes the wretched trap whelming and I am me
Subject(s): Birth; Bradstreet, Anne (1612-1672); Child Birth; Midwifery


HOMAGE TO MISTRESS BRADSTREET: 21    Poem Text    
First Line: Drencht & powerful, I did it with my body
Last Line: Blossom. Is that thing alive? I hear a famisht howl
Subject(s): Birth; Bradstreet, Anne (1612-1672); Child Birth; Midwifery


INNOCENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Cats' eyes could see a flub of blood
Subject(s): Innocence


KING DAVID DANCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Aware to the dry throat of the wide hell in the world
Last Line: All the black same I dance my blue head off!
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


LONDON    Poem Text    
First Line: I hardly slept across the north atlantic
Last Line: & took a 9:06 train up to cambridge
Subject(s): Air Travel; London


NINE DREAM SONGS    Poem Text    
First Line: In a motion of night they massed nearer my post
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


NINETEEN THIRTY-EIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Across the frontiers of the helpless world
Last Line: Criminal, to stand as warning
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


NINETEEN THIRTY-EIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Across the frontiers of the helpless world
Last Line: Criminal, to stand as warning
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


NOTE TO WANG WEI    Poem Text    
First Line: How could you be so happy, now some thousand years
Last Line: Be dust myself pretty soon; not now
Subject(s): Wang Wei (699-759)


SCOTS POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Loversgrove lay


SONNET: 23    Poem Text    
First Line: They may suppose, because I would not cloy your ear
Last Line: Pompous and vague on the stump of his career
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


SONNET: 25    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes the night echoes to prideless wailing


SURVIVING LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The clapper hovers, but why run so hard?
Subject(s): Love


THE BALL POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: What is the boy now, who has lost his ball
Subject(s): Sports


THE CAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: And the americans put pound in a cage
Subject(s): Pound, Ezra (1885-1972); Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE DISPOSSESSED    Poem Text    
First Line: And something that - that is theirs - no longer our's


THE DREAM SONGS: 1    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Huffy henry hid the day,
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THE DREAM SONGS: 14    Poem Text    
First Line: Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so
Subject(s): Boredom; Life; Ennui


THE DREAM SONGS: 142    Poem Text    
First Line: The animal moment, when he sorted out her tail
Last Line: But when henry & his wives came to blows
Subject(s): Love


THE DREAM SONGS: 145    Poem Text    
First Line: Also I love him: me he's done no wrong
Last Line: Trying to make yourself forgive someone for something so unforgiveable
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Suicide


THE DREAM SONGS: 155    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't get him out of my mind, out of my mind
Last Line: Alive with surplus love
Subject(s): Schwartz, Delmore (1913-1966)


THE DREAM SONGS: 172    Poem Text    
First Line: Your face broods from my table, suicide
Last Line: How one act can affect so many people that are left behind
Subject(s): Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963)


THE DREAM SONGS: 234. THE CARPENTER'S SON    Poem Text    
First Line: The child stood in the shed. The child went mad
Last Line: The great man sought his retire
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


THE DREAM SONGS: 234. THE CARPENTER'S SON    Poem Text    
First Line: The irish sky is raining, the irish winds are high
Last Line: & the last voice in drawled; “henry, a brick”
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Immigrants; Nationalism - Ireland; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


THE DREAM SONGS: 29    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There sat down, once, a thing on henry's heart
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THE DREAM SONGS: 290    Poem Text    
First Line: Why is ireland the wettest place on earth
Last Line: Fate across all them rolls
Subject(s): History; Iowa; Ireland; Poetry & Poets; Historians; Irish


THE DREAM SONGS: 299    Poem Text    
First Line: The irish have the thickest ankles in the world
Last Line: Depressed. Down on my knees
Subject(s): Dublin, Ireland; Labor & Laborers; Prayer; Work; Workers


THE DREAM SONGS: 324. AN ELEGY FOR W.C.W., THE LOVELY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Henry in ireland to bill underground
Subject(s): Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


THE DREAM SONGS: 385    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter's heavier. Light leaves are flying
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


THE DREAM SONGS: 4    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Filling her compact & delicious body
Subject(s): Desire; Love


THE DREAM SONGS: 47. APRIL FOOL'S DAY, OR, ST MARY OF EGYPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Thass a funny title, mr bones
Last Line: Whom god has not visited
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


THE DREAM SONGS: 64    Poem Text    
First Line: Supreme my holdings, greater yet my need
Last Line: Is blinds. Them blinds on fire
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE DREAM SONGS: 68    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard, could be, a hey there from the wing
Last Line: Black to the birds instead
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Blues (Music); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Singing & Singers; Smith, Bessie (1894-1937); Songs


THE MOON AND THE NIGHT AND THE MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: On the night of the belgian surrender the moon rose
Subject(s): Belgium; Leopold Iii, King Of The Belgians; World War Ii; Second World War


THE SONG OF THE DEMENTED PRIEST    Poem Text    
First Line: I put those things there. - see them burn
Subject(s): Clergy; Depression, Mental; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress


THE TRAVELLER    Poem Text    
First Line: They pointed me out on the highway, and they said
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


THE WHOLLY FAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir partofall, our best, o the physicist is


WORLD'S FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The crowd moves forward on the midway
Subject(s): Exhibitions; World's Fairs; Expositions


YOUR BIRTHDAY IN WISCONSIN YOU ARE 140    Poem Text    
First Line: One of the wits of the school' your chum would say
Last Line: Hot diggity!
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)