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Howells, William Dean    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Howells, W. D.
74 poems available by this author


A DOUBLE-BARRELLED SONNET TO MARK TWAIN: 1. FIRST BARREL    Poem Text    
First Line: The man whose birthday we renown tonight
Last Line: Gainsay him the glory of being sixty-seven.
Subject(s): Birthdays; Twain, Mark (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)


A DOUBLE-BARRELLED SONNET TO MARK TWAIN: 2. SECOND BARREL    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, no! Hold on!' I hear his voice implore
Last Line: "we will dine with you here till sunday night."
Subject(s): Twain, Mark (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)


A SEASONABLE MORAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The woman sang her ballad to the sky
Last Line: The chance is such as you ought not to take.
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Gifts & Giving; Good Samaritan; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


AFTER THE WEDDING    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought we never should be rid of them!
Last Line: To find our own past in their future there!
Subject(s): Daughters; Love - Marital; Marriage; Parents; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Parenthood


ALDRICH, 1866-1907    Poem Text    
First Line: What has become of it, your youth and mine
Last Line: Planet you dwell, our youth and gladness are.
Subject(s): Aldrich, Thomas Bailey (1836-1907); Novels & Novelists; Poetry & Poets; Youth


ANOTHER DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Another day, and with it that brute joy
Last Line: At any rate, it is another day!
Subject(s): Day


BLACK CROSS FARM    Poem Text    
First Line: After full many a mutual delay
Last Line: The secret of the black cross back with us.
Subject(s): Crosses; Emptiness; Farm Life; Home; Secrets; Agriculture; Farmers


BREAKFAST IS MY BEST MEAL: OVERHEARD AT CARLSBAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Breakfast is my best meal, and I reckon it's always been
Last Line: But it fairly makes me sick! Breakfast is my best meal.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Family Life; Food & Eating; Cookery; Relatives


CALVARY    Poem Text    
First Line: If he could doubt on his triumphant cross
Last Line: My god, my god! Why hast thou forsaken me?
Subject(s): Calvary; Jesus Christ - Suffering & Sacrifice


CAPRICE    Poem Text    
First Line: She hung the cage at the window
Last Line: Of blinding love upon his lips.
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings


CHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes, when after spirited debate
Last Line: Then, in the deathless days before she died.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


CHRISTMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Youth, in the heart of faith now wearing old
Last Line: Eternal in youth, and hope, and love and home!
Subject(s): Christmas; Hope; Love; Youth; Nativity, The; Optimism


COMPANY    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought, 'how terrible, if I were seen
Last Line: "I thought, ""why should I, if the rest are so?"
Subject(s): God; Judgment Day; Sin; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man


CONSCIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Judge me not as I judge myself, o lord!
Last Line: Forgive the evil I must not forgive!
Subject(s): Forgiveness; God; Judgments; Clemency


DUNLEVY'S LAST TRIP    Poem Text    
First Line: It was against the law, in such case made and provided
Last Line: "I don't hardly believe that I could explain exactly."
Subject(s): Flight; Rivers; Flying


EQUALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: The beautiful dancing-women wove their maze
Last Line: "shall be as all the saints are, in the dust."
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Lust; Seduction; Theater & Theaters; Women's Rights; Stage Life; Feminism


EXCEPT AS LITTLE CHILDREN'       
First Line: Lost selves of us poor men and women grown


EXPERIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The first time, when at night I went about
Last Line: Such things the heart can bear and yet not break.
Subject(s): Death; Love - Loss Of; Dead, The


FATHER AND MOTHER: A MYSTERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The father: 'now it is over.'
Last Line: "the father: ""help me to believe!"
Subject(s): Death - Children; Fathers & Daughters; Grief; Mothers & Daughters; Death - Babies; Sorrow; Sadness


FRIENDS AND FOES    Poem Text    
First Line: Bitter the things one's enemies will say
Last Line: The things one's friends will say in one's defence.
Subject(s): Enemies; Friendship


FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Innocent spirits, bright, immaculate ghosts!
Last Line: As your fate is to die, our fate is to be born.


GIFT AND COUNTRY IN THE FALL: A LONG-DISTANCE ECLOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Morrison. Hello! Hello! Is that you, wetherbee?
Last Line: Later, you'd better look for us in town.
Subject(s): Autumn; Cities; Country Life; Seasons; Fall; Urban Life


GOOD SOCIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, I suppose it is well to make some sort of exclusion
Last Line: You should shut yourself on the wrong side of the fence.
Subject(s): Social Classes; Caste


HEREDITY    Poem Text    
First Line: That swollen paunch you are doomed to bear
Last Line: And yet, away, you charnel thing!
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Character; Evil; Heritage; Heredity


HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: We sailed and sailed upon the desert sea
Last Line: Like yonder land. Perhaps -- perhaps -- perhaps!
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


IF    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, death is at the bottom of the cup
Last Line: That drop untasted might be somehow spilled.


IN EARLIEST SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Tossing his mane of snows in wildest eddies and tangles
Last Line: Leafless there by my door, trembled a sense of the rose.
Variant Title(s): Earliest Spring
Subject(s): March (Month)


IN THE DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: How often, when I wake from sleep at night
Last Line: Over it, and gulfed me in its deeps below.
Subject(s): Ill-tempered; Night; Bedtime


JOSEPH A. HOWELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Stone, upon which with hands of boy and man
Last Line: There needs no room for blame: blame there was none.
Subject(s): Brothers; Praise; Half-brothers


JUDGMENT DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Before him weltered like a shoreless sea
Last Line: He lifted up the pity of his face.


LABOR AND CAPITAL; IMPRESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: A spiteful snow pit through the bitter day
Last Line: The company's man.


LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once a thronged throughfare that wound afar
Last Line: Footsore, at nightfall limping to death's door.
Subject(s): Death; Wandering & Wanderers; Dead, The; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: How passionately I will my life away
Last Line: To hurl myself into the changeless grave!
Subject(s): Death; Life; Dead, The


MATERIALS OF A STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I met a friend of mine the other day
Last Line: At the street crossing. I went on up town.
Subject(s): Clergy; Prisons & Prisoners; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Convicts


MIDWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: So blithe the birds sang in the trees
Last Line: Or care will catch me soon.
Subject(s): Free Will & Determinism; Nature


MORTALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: How many times have I lain down at night
Last Line: Remained afraid to die!
Subject(s): Death; Fear; Mortality; Sleep; Dead, The


NOVEMBER; IMPRESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: A weft of leafless spray
Last Line: The ruin now so intolerably sad.
Subject(s): November


ON A BRIGHT WINTER DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Foolish old heart, as glad of wind and sun
Last Line: Off, mocking fear, and let the young heart play!
Subject(s): Aging; Youth


PARABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The young man who had great possessions dreamed
Last Line: Ever went empty-handed from his door.
Subject(s): Good Samaritan; Jesus Christ; Poverty


PEONAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: How tired the recording angel must begin
Last Line: Holding me debtor, while I live, to ill.
Subject(s): Sin


QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Shall it be after the long misery
Last Line: To feel the sole impossibility.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


RACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Leave me here those looks of yours!
Last Line: Unto each that yet shall live.
Subject(s): Beauty; Race Awareness; Youth


RESPITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Drowsing, the other afternoon, I lay
Last Line: That now again beneath their lids are hot.
Subject(s): Death; Dreams; Mothers; Dead, The; Nightmares


REWARD AND PUNISHMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: You are the best and the worst of everything you require
Last Line: You shall be for yourself both the praise and the blame.
Subject(s): Evil; Good; Praise; Punishment


SOCIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: I looked and saw a splendid pageantry
Last Line: The revellers above them thronged and prest.
Subject(s): Justice


SOLITUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, you cannot befriend me, with all your love's tender persistence!
Last Line: Under the spell of our life's innermost mystery, pain.
Subject(s): Pain; Pity; Suffering; Misery


SOME ONE ELSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Live my life over? I would rather not
Last Line: And were I you, I might improve on yours.
Subject(s): Errors; Experience; Life; Mistakes; Fallacies


SORROW, MY SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Sorrow, my sorrow, I thought that you would be
Last Line: Beyond yourself you must abide with me.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SPHINX    Poem Text    
First Line: We who are nothing but self, and have no manner of being
Last Line: Is it eternal death, or is it infinite life?
Subject(s): Death; Future Life; Sleep; Dead, The; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


STATISTICS    Poem Text    
First Line: So many men, on such a date of may
Last Line: Your facts are facts, yet somewhere there is god.
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; God; Murder; Rape; Suicide


SYMPATHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Friend, neighbor, stranger, as the case may be
Last Line: Scorched fiercest, if it might not be the same.
Subject(s): Soul; Sympathy; Empathy


TEMPERAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Where love and hate, honor and infamy
Last Line: Back to that mystery when we go there.
Subject(s): Future Life; Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


THANKSGIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, for the erring thought
Last Line: Quicken our gratitude.
Variant Title(s): The Undiscovered Country
Subject(s): Holidays; Thanksgiving


THE AMERICAN JOKE (READ AT THE BIRTHDAY DINNER TO S.L. CLEMENS)    Poem Text    
First Line: A traveller from the old world, just escaped
Last Line: "I type their master-mood. Mark twain made me."
Subject(s): Birthdays; Jokes; Twain, Mark (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); Writing & Writers


THE BATTLE IN THE CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the dews and the rains of heaven have their
Last Line: Chanting solemn music for the souls that passed below.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lookout Mountain, Battle Of (1863); United States - History


THE BEWILDERED GUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: I was not asked if I should like to come
Last Line: We know we shall not meet him here again.
Subject(s): Guests; Hospitality; Life; Visiting


THE BURDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I writhed beneath my burden, fumed and groaned
Last Line: "to be the burden than bear it, and pity me!"
Subject(s): Strength


THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT    Poem Text    
First Line: About the end of august, one hot day
Last Line: His voice came back, and I—awoke, of course.
Subject(s): Christmas; Santa Claus; Nativity, The; Nicholas, Saint


THE FACE AT THE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: We had gone down at christmas, where our host
Last Line: "only the fact could make my story true."
Subject(s): Christmas; Fathers; Ghosts; Story-telling; Supernatural; Nativity, The


THE KING DINES; IMPRESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Two people on a bench in boston commons
Last Line: Of the day round him for his dining-room.
Subject(s): Boston Common; Food & Eating; Homeless


THE LITTLE CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: Suffer little children to come unto me,'
Last Line: The anti-christ of schrecklichkeit.
Subject(s): Children; Evil; Hell; Jesus Christ - Life & Ministry; Childhood


THE MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Is the nurse gone now? And are we alone at last?
Last Line: The father (joyously): no, no; good-morning, mother.
Subject(s): Babies; Fathers; Love - Marital; Mothers; Infants; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


THE PASSENGERS OF A RETARDED SUBMERSIBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The american people: / what was it kept you so long, brave german submersible?
Last Line: Shall be ever the home for us this land can never be.
Subject(s): Germany; Lusitania (Ship); World War I; Germans; First World War


THE TWO WIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: The colonel rode by his picket-line
Last Line: Alone could make his with life.
Subject(s): War


THE WIT SUPREME, AND SOVEREIGN SAGE       


THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH    Poem Text    
First Line: Not here, where that quick, subtle spirit of his
Last Line: He hospitably waits and bids us come.
Subject(s): Aldrich, Thomas Bailey (1836-1907); Novels & Novelists; Poetry & Poets


TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you wish me, then, away?
Last Line: Eternity and I are one.
Subject(s): Future Life; Time; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


TO A GREAT EDITOR    Poem Text    
First Line: In every human life, however filled
Last Line: You shall remain when it has passed away.
Subject(s): Alden, Henry Mills (1836-1919); Critics & Criticism; Editors; Praise


TO JOHN BURROUGHS    Poem Text    
First Line: From blossomed boughs and nesting birds
Last Line: All nature hails her son, john burroughs.
Subject(s): Burroughs, John (1837-1921); Love; Nature


TO-MORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Old fraud, I know you in that gay disguise
Last Line: All the dull yesterdays that I have known.
Subject(s): Future; Past; Time


TWELVE P.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: To get home from some scene of gayety
Last Line: Confronted the eternal verity.
Subject(s): Hallucinations & Illusions; Realism; Truth


VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: Within a poor man's squalid home I stood
Last Line: The poor man's landlord leading down to dine.


WEATHER-BREEDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, not to know that such a happiness
Last Line: Alone could mother misery like this!
Subject(s): Pain; Suffering; Misery


WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT?    Poem Text    
First Line: If I lay waste, and wither up with doubt
Last Line: What do I gain by that I have undone?
Variant Title(s): Faith;doubt
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed