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A CAGED BIRD, by SARAH ORNE JEWETT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: High at the window in her cage
Last Line: And understand our wistful speech!
Subject(s): Birdcages; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


A GOOD KNIGHT IN PRISON, by WILLIAM MORRIS (1834-1896)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This castle where I dwell, it stands
Last Line: Because to-day we have been wed.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


A HANGING, ZOMBA CENTRAL PRISON, by FRANK MKALAWILE CHIPASULA                    Poet's Biography
First Line: His pendulous body tolled
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Police States; Prisons & Prisoners; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty; Convicts


A LETTER FROM PRISON, by NAZIM HIKMET    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My love, let me share
Alternate Author Name(s): Ran, Nazim Hikmet
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


A LIFE TERM, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She was false, and he was true,
Last Line: Of the violet.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Kisses; Life; Murder; Prisons & Prisoners


A PRISON DAYBREAK, by FAIZ AHMED FAIZ    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Night wasn't over / when the moon stood beside my bed
Last Line: Into each other's arms
Alternate Author Name(s): Faiz, Faiz Ahmad
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


A PRISON EVENING, by FAIZ AHMED FAIZ    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Each star a rung
Last Line: If just one moment anywhere on this earth
Alternate Author Name(s): Faiz, Faiz Ahmad
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


A RUIN, by JANE BARLOW    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mirk on clear skies, swept afar
Last Line: Tastes wonder on wonder.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


A SATYR, by ELIZABETH TIPPER    Poem Text                
First Line: As dungeons are for criminals prepared
Last Line: Make me true christian, tho' no satyrist.
Subject(s): Life; Prisons & Prisoners; Sin; Women


A SONG OF SURVIVAL, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I worked as a licensed plumber, had my own tools
Last Line: And the seasrch led me to my first cell in prison
Subject(s): Plumbers; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


A SORROWFUL SIGH OF A PRISONER, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord, comest thou to me
Last Line: The place to lay thy head!
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): God; Grief; Hearts; Prisons & Prisoners; Sorrow; Sadness


A SOUL IN PRISON, by AUGUSTA DAVIES WEBSTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Answered a score of times.' oh, looked-for / teacher
Last Line: A readable shrewd book; 'twill win the critics.
Alternate Author Name(s): Home, Cecil; Webster, Mrs. Julia Augusta
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Prisons & Prisoners


A TEAMSTER'S FAREWELL, by CARL SANDBURG    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Good-by now to the streets and the clash of wheels and
Last Line: O god, there's noises I'm going to be hungry for.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


A WASP WOMAN VISITS A BLACK JUNKIE IN PRISON, by ETHERIDGE KNIGHT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: After explanations and regulations, he
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Prisons & Prisoners; Social Classes; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Convicts; Caste


ALCATRAZ, by ROBERTA BALFOUR    Poem Text                
First Line: Ceaseless the searchlight scans the restless seas
Last Line: Or stem the rips small boats still dread to ride?
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Justice; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


ALCATRAZ, by SHARON OLDS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was a girl, I knew I was a man
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Children; Discipline; Convicts; Childhood


ALEXANDER YPSILANTI, by KARL WILHELM MULLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Alexander ypsilanti sat in muncac's lofty tower
Last Line: From the window, and in moonlight spreads his pinions to the skies.
Alternate Author Name(s): Muller, Wilhelm
Subject(s): Hungary; Prisons & Prisoners; Ypsilantis, Alexandros (1792-1828); Ypsilanti, Alexander


AN ESSAY ON DEATH AND A PRISON, by HENRY KING (1592-1669)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A prison is in all things like a grave
Last Line: Two prisons quits, the body and the jail.
Subject(s): Death; Prisons & Prisoners; Dead, The; Convicts


AN EVENING IN PRISON, by FAIZ AHMED FAIZ    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: From intricate clustera of stars
Last Line: Snuff out the moon!
Alternate Author Name(s): Faiz, Faiz Ahmad
Subject(s): Human Rights; Love - Loss Of; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


AN ODE ON THE DESTRUCTION OF THE BASTILE, by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Heard'st thou yon universal cry
Last Line: First ever of the first and freest of the free!
Subject(s): Bastille (paris); French Revolution (1789); Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


AN OFFICERS' PRISON CAMP SEEN FROM A TROOP-TRAIN, by RANDALL JARRELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It is some school, brick, green, a sleepy hill
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; World War Ii; Convicts; Second World War


AN OLD PAIN, by FRANCIS LEDWIDGE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What old, old pain is this that bleeds anew?
Last Line: And all we learn but shows we know the less
Subject(s): Pain; Prisons & Prisoners; Suffering; Misery; Convicts


ANCESTOR, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It was a time when they were afraid of him
Last Line: Out of the long felt nights and days of yesterday
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


ARIEL AND CALIBAN, by CHRISTOPHER PEARSE CRANCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: So - prospero is gone - and I am free
Last Line: "I dreamed and fancied. He awoke and saw!"
Subject(s): Islands; Life; Plays & Playwrights ; Prisons & Prisoners; Supernatural; Dramatists; Convicts


BALLAD OF THE MONKLAND COTTAR, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's no a tale o' luve I sing
Last Line: Was never ance forgot.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Fathers; Livingstone, David (1813-1873); Marriage; Prisons & Prisoners; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Convicts


BEYOND, by ALLAN MUNIER    Poem Text                
First Line: Beyond the prison cell
Last Line: In peace without you?
Subject(s): Absence; Grief; Hunger; Prisons & Prisoners; Solitude; Separation; Isolation; Sorrow; Sadness; Loneliness


BEYOND THE BARS, by GEORGE E. BOWEN    Poem Text                
First Line: Within my cell are singing sounds - a robin's call, afar
Last Line: "and still I muse, in chains that chafe: ""will there be prisons then?"
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Tyranny & Tyrants; Convicts; Dictators


BOTHWELL: PART 1, by WILLIAM EDMONSTOUNE AYTOUN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Cold - cold! The wind howls fierce without
Last Line: That rise to madden me!
Alternate Author Name(s): Bon Gaultier (with Theodore Martin)
Subject(s): Bothwell, Scotland; Courts & Courtiers; Death; Prisons & Prisoners; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Dead, The; Convicts


BOTHWELL: PART 2, by WILLIAM EDMONSTOUNE AYTOUN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun is bright, the day is warm
Last Line: Above the kirk-of-field.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bon Gaultier (with Theodore Martin)
Subject(s): Bothwell, Scotland; Courts & Courtiers; Death; Prisons & Prisoners; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Dead, The; Convicts


BOTHWELL: PART 3, by WILLIAM EDMONSTOUNE AYTOUN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: That gaoler hath a savage look
Last Line: The felon now for evermore!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Bon Gaultier (with Theodore Martin)
Subject(s): Bothwell, Scotland; Courts & Courtiers; Death; Prisons & Prisoners; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Dead, The; Convicts


BOTHWELL: PART 4, by WILLIAM EDMONSTOUNE AYTOUN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What is a woman's weakest mood?
Last Line: Wilt thou do this?' 'your hand -- I will!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Bon Gaultier (with Theodore Martin)
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Courts & Courtiers; Death; Bothwell, Scotland; Courts & Courtiers; Death; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Dead, The; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Dead, The; Convicts


BOTHWELL: PART 5, by WILLIAM EDMONSTOUNE AYTOUN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ascension morn! I hear the bells
Last Line: The sword that darnley wore.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bon Gaultier (with Theodore Martin)
Subject(s): Ascension Day; Bothwell, Scotland; Courts & Courtiers; Death; Prisons & Prisoners; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Dead, The; Convicts


BOTHWELL: PART 6, by WILLIAM EDMONSTOUNE AYTOUN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O that I were a mountaineer
Last Line: Come, death; and I will welcome thee!
Alternate Author Name(s): Bon Gaultier (with Theodore Martin)
Subject(s): Bothwell, Scotland; Courts & Courtiers; Death; Prisons & Prisoners; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Dead, The; Convicts


BREAKING OPEN, by MURIEL RUKEYSER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I come into the room. The room stands waiting
Last Line: "to discover the country of our waking
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Prisons & Prisoners; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; Shoah; Judaism


BROKEN LINE, by ANDRE BRETON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We the dry bread and water in the prisons of the sky
Last Line: The belly of our words is golden tonight and naught any longer is in vain.
Subject(s): Boats; Mourning; Prisons & Prisoners; Water; Bereavement; Convicts


BY MY OWN SWEAT, by ALEX R. SCHMIDT    Poem Text                
First Line: I'm a sober polyp in a coral prison
Last Line: Like the polyp, I can never leave my cell.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


CANZONE, WRITTEN IN PRISON, by SILVIO PELLICO    Poem Text                
First Line: The love of song what can impart
Last Line: And charm their grief away!
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Spielberg (castle), Austria


CAPTIVE KNIGHT, by MIKHAIL YUREVICH LERMONTOV    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Silent I sit by the prison's high window
Last Line: Then my cold face from this visor uncloaking.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lermontov, Mikhail Yuryevich
Subject(s): Animals; Fights; Horses; Knights & Knighthood; Prisons & Prisoners; Swords; Convicts


CARP POEM, by TERRANCE HAYES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: After I have parked below the spray paint caked in the granite
Last Line: Packed so close they might have eaten each other had there been nothing else to eat
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; African Americans; Youth; Poetry & Poets; Convicts; Negroes; American Blacks


CENTRAL PRISON, by MINNIE BRUCE PRATT                    Poet's Biography
First Line: A sign passed on her way to work
Last Line: So she could eat a berry and fly away, gone home
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Women; Prisons & Prisoners


CONTRAST, by CHARLES HENRY MACKINTOSH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A great rose garden, redolent of bloom
Last Line: But that it blooms inside a prison wall.
Subject(s): Flowers; Prisons & Prisoners; Roses


CONTRASTS, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Strange, that we creatures of the petty ways
Last Line: In mien or gesture what that memory is.
Subject(s): God; Memory; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


CONVICTION, by N. R. A. BECKER    Poem Text                
First Line: He is not dead, this friend
Last Line: He is not dead.
Subject(s): Death; Prisons & Prisoners; Dead, The; Convicts


CRUX VIA CAELORUM: 4, by PATRICK CAREY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In a dark cave below
Last Line: Tempt me, these thoughts will then my mind uphold.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Spiritual Life


DIGGER, by LLOYD SCHWARTZ    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Would you believe I went to college? Yeah,
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Prisons & Prisoners; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin; Convicts


DOWN IN THE VALLEY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "down in the valley, valley so low"
Last Line: "birmingham in jail, love, birmingham jail, / and back it in care of the birmingham jail"
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


ELEGY IN NEWGATE, by WILLIAM COBBETT    Poem Text                
First Line: The curfew tolls the hour of locking up
Last Line: And leaves the cell to treason and to me.
Subject(s): Cobbett, William (1763-1835); Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


EPITAPH FOR HIMSELF, by EDOUARD JOACHIM CORBIERE    Poem Text                
First Line: Of many things adulterate
Last Line: He lived while waiting but to die.
Alternate Author Name(s): Corbiere, Tristan
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Imagination; Prisons & Prisoners; Fancy; Convicts


FAREWELL, by JOHN CLARE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Farewell to the bushy clump close to the river
Last Line: To the miller himsel', and his three bonny daughters.
Subject(s): Mills & Millers; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


FERNS IN A WINDOW, by PEARL HOBSON    Poem Text                
First Line: Primitive children of the woods
Last Line: Dreams only are lifted the bars.
Subject(s): Freedom; Prisons & Prisoners; Windows; Liberty; Convicts


FOR FRECKLED-FACED GERALD, by ETHERIDGE KNIGHT    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Now you take ol rufus. He beat drums
Subject(s): African Americans; Prisons & Prisoners; Youth; Negroes; American Blacks; Convicts


FRAGRANT HANDS, by FAIZ AHMED FAIZ    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A strange arrangement to comfort the heart
Last Line: Except love, but only when it begins
Alternate Author Name(s): Faiz, Faiz Ahmad
Subject(s): Flowers; Hafez (1326-1390); Prisons & Prisoners; Smells; Hafiz (1326-139); Convicts; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances


FUGITIVE, by RALPH W. HUNTER    Poem Text                
First Line: Lend me no compassion
Last Line: Is large enough for dreams.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


FUROR BELLICUS, by ANNE WALDMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The cobray m-11 and the tec-9 along with their relatives and clones
Subject(s): Cold War; Crime & Criminals; Military; Prisons & Prisoners


HAIKU: 1, by ETHERIDGE KNIGHT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Eastern guard tower
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


HAIKU: 3, by ETHERIDGE KNIGHT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Morning sun slants cell.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


HARD ROCK RETURNS TO PRISON FROM THE HOSPITAL FOR THE CRIMINAL INSANE, by ETHERIDGE KNIGHT    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Hard rock / was / 'known not to take no shit
Subject(s): African Americans; Insanity; Korean War, 1950-1953; Prisons & Prisoners; Surgery; Negroes; American Blacks; Madness; Mental Illness; Convicts


HERA, HUNG FROM THE SKY, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I hang by my heels from the sky
Last Line: I dangle, drowned in fire.
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Prisons & Prisoners; Women; Women's Rights; Convicts; Feminism


HOW THE POET FOR AN HOUR WAS KING, by SILAS WEIR MITCHELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Once in a garden space, saadi saith
Last Line: "time is his prophet for the souls who wait."
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Loss; Prisons & Prisoners


HOW WE CARRY OURSELVES, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I am the broken reed in this deathly organ
Last Line: Turning yourself on.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


HULKS, by ETHELYN MILLER HARTWICH    Poem Text                
First Line: I saw forbidding walls
Last Line: Cast hulks itself had wrecked.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


I AM SURE OF IT, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Just after supper sheets were passed out
Last Line: Close or far away, it doesn't matter, I am sure of it
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


I KNOW AN AGED MAN CONSTRAINED TO DWELL, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: That friendship lasts though fellowship is broken!
Subject(s): Old Age; Poverty; Robins; Prisons & Prisoners


IMPRISONED, by MARY FARRIES    Poem Text                
First Line: A nation's mandate reads, 'he must atone
Last Line: Henceforth he has a number ... Not a name.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


IN APRIL ONCE, by WILLIAM ALEXANDER PERCY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Guido: thou are the knightliest jailer that ever stood
Last Line: Voice of the madman. Son of david, have mercy on us!
Subject(s): April; Churches; Florence, Italy; God; Plays & Playwrights; Popes; Prisons & Prisoners; Cathedrals; Papacy


IN EXCELSIS, 1889, by VICTOR GUSTAVE PLARR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh how delectable it is to be
Last Line: More to be magnified, more dread, more sweet.
Subject(s): Bastille (paris); France; Love; Nature; Prisons & Prisoners; Sea; Singing & Singers; Sound; Ocean


IN PRISON, by MAY LOUISE RILEY SMITH    Poem Text                
First Line: God pity the wretched prisoners
Last Line: May wipe their guilt away.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Mary Louise Riley
Subject(s): Pity; Prisons & Prisoners; Religion; Theology


IN PRISON [AT LINN] (WRITTEN WHEN A PRISONER DURING CROMWELL'S REVOLT), by ROGER L'ESTRANGE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Beat on, proud billows; boreas blow
Last Line: Disgrace to rebels, glory to my king.
Variant Title(s): Loyalty Confined;mr. Le Strange His Verses
Subject(s): Charles I, King Of England (1600-1649); Cromwell, Oliver (1599-1658); L'estrange, Sir Roger (1616-1704); Prisons & Prisoners; Tower Of London; Convicts


IN THE PLACE DE LA BASTILLE, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On a clear day in paris, walking where
Last Line: The tragic tumbrils, hark! Go rumbling by!
Subject(s): Bastille (paris); Clouds; Paris, France; Prisons & Prisoners; Storms; Convicts


IN THE PRISON PEN (1864), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Listless he eyes the palisades
Last Line: Dead in his meagreness.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Prisons & Prisoners; U.s. - History


IN VINCULIS; SONNETS WRITTEN IN AN IRISH PRISON: A CONVENT WITHOUT GOD, by WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A prison is a convent without god
Last Line: Wisdom shall preach to thee of life and death.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


IN VINCULIS; SONNETS WRITTEN IN AN IRISH PRISON: A DREAM OF GOOD, by WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: To do some little good before I die
Last Line: Scorned by the proud but with the poor at peace.
Subject(s): Hope; Prisons & Prisoners; Time; Optimism; Convicts


IN VINCULIS; SONNETS WRITTEN IN AN IRISH PRISON: A LESSON IN HUMILITY, by WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis time, my soul, thou shouldst be purged of pride
Last Line: And leave thee if thou couldst, to face men's frown!
Subject(s): Humility; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


IN VINCULIS; SONNETS WRITTEN IN AN IRISH PRISON: CONDEMNED, by WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: From caiphas to pilate I was sent
Last Line: Kneeling; then turn to sleep, dreams trouble not.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


IN VINCULIS; SONNETS WRITTEN IN AN IRISH PRISON: FAREWELL DARK, by WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Farewell, dark gaol. You hold some better hearts
Last Line: Their tools of death and darings manifold.
Subject(s): Farewell; Prisons & Prisoners; Parting; Convicts


IN VINCULIS; SONNETS WRITTEN IN AN IRISH PRISON: HONOUR DISHONOURED, by WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Honoured I lived e'erwhile with honoured men
Last Line: Fences our weakness from the wolves of old!
Subject(s): Dishonor; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


IN VINCULIS; SONNETS WRITTEN IN AN IRISH PRISON: MITIGATIONS, by WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My prison has its pleasures. Every day
Last Line: Till the stars rise, and night begins anew.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


IN VINCULIS; SONNETS WRITTEN IN AN IRISH PRISON: THE COURT OF PENANCE, by WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Behold the court of penance. Four gaunt walls
Last Line: And the free firmament thy handiwork.
Subject(s): Penance; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


INSCRIPTION FOR THE APARTMENT [OR PRISON] IN CHEPSTOW CASTLE, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: For thirty years, secluded from mankind / here marten lingered
Last Line: When christ shall come, and all things be fulfill'd!
Subject(s): Marten, Henry; Prisons & Prisoners; Regicide


INSCRIPTION FOR THE DOOR OF [BROWNRIGG'S] CELL IN NEWGATE, by GEORGE CANNING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: For one long term, or e'er her trial came / here brownrigg linger'd
Last Line: When france shall reign, and laws be all repealed!
Variant Title(s): Imitation Of Southey
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Southey, Robert (1774-1843); Convicts


IT STARTED, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A little state-funded barrack
Last Line: Of our meeting, our friendship
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


JERRY, by CARL SANDBURG    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Six years I worked in a knitting mill at a machine
Subject(s): Women - Abused; Marriage; Murder; Prisons & Prisoners; Wife Beating; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Convicts


JULIA TUTWILER STATE PRISON FOR WOMEN, by ANDREW HUDGINS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On the prison's tramped-hard alabama clay
Last Line: Then race, hand in hand, for shelter, laughing
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Women; Convicts


KING RICHARD'S LAMENT, by RICHARD COEUR DE LION    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No captive knight, whom chains confine
Last Line: Who strikes a monarch in his chains.
Alternate Author Name(s): Richard The Lion-hearted; Richard I Of England
Subject(s): Greifenstein Castle, Austria; Prisons & Prisoners


KNIFE AT THE JUGULAR, by ARTHUR SZE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sentenced to two consecutive
Last Line: May be terrors of the earth.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


LETTERS FROM A MAN IN SOLITARY, by NAZIM HIKMET    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: I carved your name on my watchband
Alternate Author Name(s): Ran, Nazim Hikmet
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


LIKE AN ANIMAL, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Behind the smooth texture
Last Line: Behind these prison walls
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


LOST AT SEA, by ROBERT CREELEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All pull together now
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Abuse; Convicts


MANIFEST DESTINY, by JORIE GRAHAM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Northbound, on the way to the station, through the narrow rutted
Subject(s): Rome, Italy; Prisons & Prisoners; Language; Reality; Convicts; Words; Vocabulary


MATERIALS OF A STORY, by WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I met a friend of mine the other day
Last Line: At the street crossing. I went on up town.
Alternate Author Name(s): Howells, W. D.
Subject(s): Clergy; Prisons & Prisoners; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Convicts


MEMORIES OF WEST STREET AND LEPKE, by ROBERT LOWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Only teaching on tuesdays, book-worming
Variant Title(s): Life Studies: Memories Of West Street And Lepke
Subject(s): Boston; Conscientious Objectors; Lepke, Louis (1897-1944); Prisons & Prisoners; World War Ii; Convicts; Second World War


MENTAL MOMMY, by LIAM RECTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Home from school at six years old, first grade,
Subject(s): Mothers; Coming Of Age; Prisons & Prisoners; Insanity; Hospitals; Convicts; Madness; Mental Illness


MICHIGAN SAND DUNES (A HOKKU), by HARRIET A. JENNEY    Poem Text                
First Line: Tameless shifting dunes
Last Line: Prison their captors.
Subject(s): Michigan; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


MOTHER MOON, by HETTIE JONES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mother moon surfs the sky
Last Line: We too / we change
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Women; Teaching & Teachers


NEVER TOO LATE: FRANCESCO'S ODE, by ROBERT GREENE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When I look about the place
Last Line: "nothing grief-full grows from love."
Subject(s): Grief; Love - Complaints; Man-woman Relationships; Prisons & Prisoners; Sorrow; Sadness; Male-female Relations; Convicts


NEVER TOO LATE: ISABEL'S SONNET, THAT SHE MADE IN PRISON, by ROBERT GREENE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No storm so sharp to rent the little reed
Last Line: And god makes open what the world doth blind.
Subject(s): Lies; Prisons & Prisoners; Reeds; Truth; Convicts


NEW PRISON, by CHARLES COTTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You squires o' th' shade, that love to tread
Last Line: But that the vile tobacco chokes me.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


NOON IN THE LINE OUTSIDE, by JEAN VALENTINE    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: The pretty woman with a prisoner number, cdcp ****, written in ballpoint on the palm of her hand
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


NOT ALWAYS: 2, by EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There were long days when there was nothing said
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Silence; Solitude; Loneliness


OF A BIRD-CAGE, by CAROLINE LINDSAY    Poem Text                
First Line: A tiny prison built by prisoned hands
Last Line: Bend down the latch, and firmly bolt the door!
Alternate Author Name(s): Fitzroy, Caroline
Subject(s): Birdcages; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


ON A DRAWING OF THE CRUCIFIXION STILL VISIBLE ON A DUNGEON WALL, by ROWLAND EYLES EGERTON-WARBURTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Where, lake reflected, chillon's turrets shine
Last Line: Hope pointed heavenward to his home above.
Alternate Author Name(s): Egerton-warburton, R. E.
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Drawing; Hope; Jesus Christ; Prisons & Prisoners; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Optimism; Convicts


ON A HIGHWAY EAST OF SELMA, ALABAMA; JULY 1965, by GREGORY ORR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As the sheriff remarked: I had no business being there. He was
Last Line: And still he refuses to swallow.
Subject(s): African Americans; Mississippi; Prisons & Prisoners; Racism; Selma, Alabama; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


ON A PRINTER'S BEING SENT TO NEWGATE, by JONATHAN SWIFT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Better we all were in our graves
Last Line: And, like domitian, leap at flies.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


ORGAN SONGS: THE OLD CASTLE, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The brother knew well the castle old
Last Line: Like the diamond shine!
Subject(s): Brothers; Castles; Prisons & Prisoners; Half-brothers


PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE MEDUSA, by MARILYN NELSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Column six, page thirty-six
Last Line: With this simpleton love
Alternate Author Name(s): Waniek, Marilyn Nelson
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Crime & Criminals; Guilt


PLACE DE LA BASTILLE, PARIS, by DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How dear the sky has been above this place!
Last Line: That all might stand here now and own thy name.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rossetti, Gabriel Charles Dante
Subject(s): Bastille (paris); Prisons & Prisoners


PRISON, by RALPH W. HUNTER    Poem Text                
First Line: I am fortunate
Last Line: By prison architects.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


PRISON ETCHING, by RALPH W. HUNTER    Poem Text                
First Line: Numbered his back, and shaven his head
Last Line: With never a hope -- save that all men die.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


PRISON SONG, by ALAN DUGAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The skin ripples over my body like moon-wooed water
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


PRISON SONG, by WILLIAM ALEXANDER PERCY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Beat, beat, wings of my heart
Last Line: For between -- the iron bars.
Subject(s): Birds; Hearts; Prisons & Prisoners; Singing & Singers


PRISONED IN WINDSOR, HE RECOUNTETH HIS PLEASURE THERE PASSED, by HENRY HOWARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: So cruel prison how could betide, alas
Last Line: To banish the less, I find my chief relief.
Alternate Author Name(s): Surrey, Earl Of
Variant Title(s): In Windsor Castle
Subject(s): Henry Vii, King Of England (1457-1509); Prisons & Prisoners; Windsor Castle; Fitzroy, Henry, Duke Of Richmond; Tudor, Henry; Convicts


PRISONER, by JOSEPH O'CONNOR    Poem Text                
First Line: In a cage of iron and stone
Last Line: To pelt with stones.
Subject(s): Animals; Bears; Prisons & Prisoners; Zoos


PRISONERS, by ANNA BUNSTON DE BARY    Poem Text                
First Line: Fate, the gaoler, flung us down together
Last Line: In webs of sympathy.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


PRISONERS, by CHARLES WILLIAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Prisoners, where'er in bitter cells and small
Last Line: On you inflicts what I and all should bear.
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Prisons & Prisoners


PRISONERS' EVENING SERVICE; SCENE OF FRENCH REVOLUTION, by FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What was our doom, my father? -- in thine arms
Last Line: In life, in death, we yield thee boundless trust!
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): French Revolution (1789); Prisons & Prisoners; Public Worship; Convicts; Church Attendance


RELIGIO NOVISSIMA, by AUBREY THOMAS DE VERE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There is an order by a northern sea
Last Line: And undispensed sustain its discipline!
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Discipline; Law & Lawyers; Order; Prisons & Prisoners; Attorneys; Convicts


ROMANCERO: BOOK 1. HISTORIES: KING RICHARD, by HEINRICH HEINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Through the silent glades of the forest there springs
Last Line: And his spurs to his proud horse gives he.
Subject(s): Forests; Prisons & Prisoners; Richard I, King Of England (1157-1199); Woods; Convicts


ROSE DOLORES, by ISABEL ECCLESTONE MACKAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The moan of rose dolores, she made
Last Line: "I know whose kiss was in the wind—o jailer, set me free!"
Subject(s): Grief; Prisons & Prisoners; Women - Captives; Sorrow; Sadness


SECULAR GAMES, by RICHARD HOWARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Levin, on his way to kitty's love
Last Line: But unlike god in heaven, come and go
Alternate Author Name(s): Howard, Joseph
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


SERVING TIME, by CHARLES SIMIC    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Another dreary day in time's invisible
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Time; Convicts


SHACKLED, by AIMEE PAUL THOMAS    Poem Text                
First Line: A captor and a captive
Last Line: God help them both to keep human!
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Freedom; Prisons & Prisoners; Liberty


SHAVINGS, by GRANT HYDE CODE    Poem Text                
First Line: Furtive as those condemned to dwell
Last Line: To pace the narrow city blocks.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Youth; Convicts


SLEEPING CONVICTS IN THE CELLBLOCK, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They dream the sun rising abaove carved cliffs
Last Line: As it swoops out a broken window
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


SOLITARY CONFINEMENT; HAYNEVILLE, ALABAMA, 1965, by GREGORY ORR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Even as the last bars clang
Last Line: In the magnolia across the moonlit road.
Subject(s): Alabama; Prisons & Prisoners; Solitude; Loneliness


SONG OF THE PENAL DAYS; 1720, by EDWARD WALSH    Poem Text                
First Line: Ye dark-haired youths and elders hoary
Last Line: Ma chreevin evin alga, o!
Alternate Author Name(s): Walshe, Edward
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


STEEL DOORS OF PRISON, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The big compound gates close the world off
Last Line: Slowly swallowing you
Subject(s): Politics & Government; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


SWEET AND SOUR; A PRISON SERMON, by THOMAS OSBORNE DAVIS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis sweet to climb the mountain crest
Last Line: "oftenest from his ashes!"
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE ANSEL ADAMS CARD, by ARTHUR SZE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You left a trail of bad checks in forty-six states
Last Line: Against a forest, one aspen bright in the sun.
Subject(s): Con Artists; Prisons & Prisoners


THE ARKANSAS PRISON SYSTEM, by FRANK STANFORD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Is like a lyric poem
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Arkansas; Convicts


THE ARREST (1881), by ALFRED DENNIS GODLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come hither, terence mulligan, and sit upon the floor
Last Line: The government then will let him out from black kilmainham gaol!
Alternate Author Name(s): Godley, A. D.
Subject(s): Ireland; Parnell, Charles Stewart (1846-1891); Prisons & Prisoners; Irish; Convicts


THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL, by OSCAR WILDE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He did not wear his scarlet coat
Last Line: The brave man with a sword!
Alternate Author Name(s): Finga, O'flahertie Wills
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Freedom; Love; Murder; Prisons & Prisoners; Religion; Sleep; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty; Liberty; Convicts; Theology


THE BAR, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: The saloon is sometimes called a bar
Last Line: "a bar to heaven, a door to hell / whoever named it, named it well!"
Subject(s): Alcohol & Alcoholics;prisons & Prisoners


THE BEAU AND THE BEDLAMITE, by JOHN BYROM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A patient in bedlam that did pretty well
Last Line: They'll die of themselves, if you let them alone.
Subject(s): Men; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE BLOOMINGDALE PAPERS, SELECTION, by HAYDEN CARRUTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The diagnosis is / anxiety psychoneurosis
Subject(s): Boredom; Prisons & Prisoners; Ennui; Convicts


THE BOROUGH: LETTER 23. PRISONS, by GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis well - that man to all the varying states
Last Line: Calls and lets in -- truth, terror, and the day!
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE BOSS OF THE ADMIRAL LYNCH, by ANDREW BARTON PATERSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Did you ever hear tell of chili? I was readin' the other day
Last Line: Was the man who attacked the army with the gunboat admiral lynch.
Alternate Author Name(s): Paterson, 'banjo'
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Revolutions


THE BRITISH PRISON-SHIP, by PHILIP FRENEAU    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Amid these ills no tyrant dared refuse
Last Line: And his last efforts more than damn the first.
Subject(s): American Revolution; Hospitals; Navy - Great Britain; Prisons & Prisoners; Sea Battles; English Navy; Convicts; Naval Warfare


THE CAGE, by JOHN BERRYMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: And the americans put pound in a cage
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, John, Jr.
Subject(s): Pound, Ezra (1885-1972); Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE CAGED EAGLE, by GERTRUDE B. GUNDERSON    Poem Text                
First Line: One thrilling sweep from out the fastness
Last Line: And walked back to his cage.
Subject(s): Birds; Eagles; Grief; Prisons & Prisoners; Wings; Sorrow; Sadness; Convicts


THE CAPTIVE KNIGHT, by FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Twas a trumpet's pealing sound!
Last Line: "sound! For the captive's dream of hope is past."
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE CONVICT, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The glory of evening was spread through the west
Last Line: "would plant thee where yet thou might'st blossom again."
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


THE CONVICT OF CLONMELL, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: How hard is my fortune / and vain my repining
Last Line: While this heart once so gay / shall be cold in clonmala
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


THE CONVICT'S RETURN, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye mountains and glens of fair scotland I'm with ye once again
Last Line: I will bid ye all good-bye.
Subject(s): Homecoming; Prisons & Prisoners; Reunions; Togetherness


THE CONVICTS OF NEW SOUTH WALES: ELINOR, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Once more to daily toil, once more to wear
Last Line: And fit the faithful penitent for heaven.
Subject(s): Australia; England; Exiles; New South Wales, Australia; Prisons & Prisoners; Repentance; English; Penitence


THE CONVICTS OF NEW SOUTH WALES: FREDERIC, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Where shall I turn me? Whither shall I bend
Last Line: Shall heal my soul, and my last days be peace.
Subject(s): Fear; New South Wales, Australia; Pain; Prayer; Prisons & Prisoners; Salvation; Suffering; Misery


THE CONVICTS OF NEW SOUTH WALES: HUMPHREY AND WILLIAM, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: See'st thou not, william, that the scorching sun
Last Line: And humphrey gets more good from guilt than glory.
Subject(s): Comfort; England; Exiles; New South Wales, Australia; Pleasure; Prisons & Prisoners; Story-telling; English


THE CONVICTS OF NEW SOUTH WALES: JOHN, SAMUEL, AND RICHARD, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis a calm pleasant evening, the light fades away
Last Line: You drink up your grog and be merry together.
Subject(s): Friendship; Judgments; Memory; New South Wales, Australia; Prisons & Prisoners; Soldiers; Story-telling


THE COUNTY JAIL, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Men late at night cook coffee in rusty cans
Last Line: Return to his bunk
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE EXILE, by CLAUDE HOUGHTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Here night is hideous with lurid flame
Last Line: Amid a wizard-world of wandering stars.
Subject(s): Exiles; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE FEMALE CONVICT, by LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She shrank from all, and her silent mood
Last Line: The convict has found in the green sea a grave.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Adversity; Death; Prisons & Prisoners; Dead, The; Convicts


THE FIRST CIRCLE, by KOFI AWOONOR    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: The flat end of sorrow here
Alternate Author Name(s): Awoonor-williams, George
Subject(s): Grief; Prisons & Prisoners; Sorrow; Sadness; Convicts


THE FRIARY AT BLOSSOM, PROLOGUE & INSTRUCTIONS, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The pond lilies are like little executions
Last Line: — 1967
Subject(s): Animals; Politics & Government; Horses; Lakes; Prisons & Prisoners; Survival; Wyatt, Sir Thomas (1503-1542); Pools; Ponds; Convicts


THE GORSE, by WILFRID WILSON GIBSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In dream, again within the clean, cold hell
Last Line: Beneath a blinding sky, one blaze of sun.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE HUMOURS OF THE KING'S BENCH PRISON, A BALLAD, by LEONARD HOWARD    Poem Text                
First Line: Now we're met, my brethren benchers
Last Line: Benchers only live by rules.
Subject(s): Law & Lawyers; Prisons & Prisoners; Attorneys; Convicts


THE IDEA OF ANCESTRY, by ETHERIDGE KNIGHT    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Taped to the wall of my cell are 47 pictures: 47 black
Subject(s): African Americans; Ancestors & Ancestry; Fathers; Korean War, 1950-1953; Men; Prayer; Prisons & Prisoners; Negroes; American Blacks; Heritage; Heredity; Convicts


THE IRISH CONVICT'S RETURN, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye mountains and glens of old ireland
Last Line: And help me through coming years.
Subject(s): Homecoming; Prisons & Prisoners; Togetherness


THE IRISH MOTHER IN THE PENAL DAYS, by JOHN BANIM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Now welcome, welcome, baby-boy, unto a mother's fears
Last Line: Whose mother still must weep o'er him the tears I weep o'er thee!
Subject(s): Mothers; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE LAY OF MR. COLT, by WILLIAM EDMONSTOUNE AYTOUN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: And now the sacred rite was done
Last Line: And died within the gaol.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bon Gaultier (with Theodore Martin)
Subject(s): Death; Love; Prisons & Prisoners; Trials; Dead, The; Convicts


THE MODERN JAIL, by WALT MASON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We've made our jails so snug and warm
Last Line: "like this they'd know, if they were vags,"" sighs richard roe."
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


THE NAVVY CHORUS, by PATRICK MACGILL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Twas in the beginning of ages
Last Line: Between a shift and a shift.
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Prisons & Prisoners; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones


THE NEW WARDEN, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He sat in the cool morning
Last Line: One old convict ended up marrying the governorís mother
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE OTHER SIDE OF THE VALLEY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: I am a prisoner in the hands of the enemy
Last Line: To send and ransom me?
Subject(s): China - Early Period (to 200 B.c.);prisons & Prisoners


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 19, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Parrots live in western lands
Last Line: Flying up in the clouds
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Parrots; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE POEMS OF PICKUP: 37, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Drunk on delusion greed and anger
Last Line: You learn to turn to yourself
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Buddhism; Chinese Literature; Greed; Pain; Prisons & Prisoners; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Buddha; Buddhists; Avarice; Cupidity; Suffering; Misery; Convicts


THE PRICE OF A KISS, by ELISE ESPINASSE    Poem Text                
First Line: Where the ranges dip down to the plain at their base
Last Line: Tis the smile he bought, maybe, that's still on his lips!
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Death; Escapes; Hunting; Love; Prisons & Prisoners; Dead, The; Fugitives; Hunters; Convicts


THE PRISON AND THE ANGEL, by HENRY VAN DYKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Self is the only prison that can ever bind
Last Line: His way may lie through darkness, but it leads to light at last.
Alternate Author Name(s): Civis Americanus
Subject(s): Angels; Prisons & Prisoners


THE PRISONER, by EMILY JANE BRONTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Still let my tyrants know, I am not doom'd to wear
Last Line: "if it but herald death, the vision is divine!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Ellis
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE PRISONER, by ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I count the dismal time by months and years
Last Line: Of sunlit hills transfigured to divine.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE PRISONER, by SAMUEL VALENTINE COLE    Poem Text                
First Line: A lump, they said, from some primeval state
Last Line: Set free by him whose touch may kindle all.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Prophecy & Prophets; Socrates (470-399 B.c.); Convicts


THE PRISONER, by ROSELLE MERCIER MONTGOMERY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a chamber in my house of life
Last Line: I fear the prisoner!
Subject(s): Hearts; Prisons & Prisoners


THE PRISONER, by STEPHEN PHILLIPS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Backward the prison door is flung
Last Line: "than seen them smile so drear!"
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


THE PRISONER, by PO CHU-YI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tartars led in chains
Last Line: "a han heart and a han tongue set in the body of a turk."
Alternate Author Name(s): Bai Juyi; Bo Juyi; Po Chu-i; Lo T'ien; Jyu-yi
Subject(s): China - Tang Dynasty (618-905); Freedom; Prisons & Prisoners; Soldiers; Tatars; Liberty; Tartars


THE PRISONER, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: His was a chamber in the topmost tower
Last Line: Of the may dawn, that gleam'd upon his bed.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


THE PRISONER (A FRAGMENT), by EMILY JANE BRONTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the dungeon-crypts idly did I stray
Last Line: A sentence, unapproved, and overruled by heaven.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Ellis
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE PRISONER FOR DEBT, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Look on him! Through his dungeon grate
Last Line: The chastening of the almighty's hand.
Subject(s): Debt; Prisons & Prisoners


THE PRISONER'S CHILD, by ELIZA L. SPROAT    Poem Text                
First Line: The dull chill prison building
Last Line: My wild, wild rose.
Subject(s): Children; Prisons & Prisoners; Childhood


THE PRISONER'S SONG, by HEINRICH HEINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When my grandmother once had bewitch'd a poor girl
Last Line: When I merrily soar hence to-morrow.
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Prisons & Prisoners; Singing & Singers; Convicts; Songs


THE PRISONERS, by THEODOSIA (PICKERING) GARRISON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: That which we were forever stands between
Last Line: Ere love went weeping to return no more.
Alternate Author Name(s): Faulks, Frederick J., Mrs.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE PRISONERS, by SCUDDER MIDDLETON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She came among us and we lived
Last Line: Her heart, that was the swallow.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


THE PRISONERS; CHRISTMAS, 1869, by JANE FRANCESCA WILDE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Has not vengeance been sated at last?
Last Line: "how long! Oh, our lord god, how long?"
Alternate Author Name(s): Speranza; Elgee, Jane Francesca; Wilde, William Robert Wills, Mrs.
Subject(s): Christmas; Prisons & Prisoners; Nativity, The


THE REBEL, by DAVID IGNATOW    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When I must look to see where I can run
Last Line: You are free.
Subject(s): Escapes; Prisons & Prisoners; Revolutions; Fugitives; Convicts


THE REPORT, by DICK ALLEN    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: The wind is blowing on the prison walls
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Conduct Of Life; Convicts


THE SHEPHERD'S HUNTING: THE FIFTH EGLOGUE, by GEORGE WITHER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Philaret alexis moves
Last Line: Never was any that more sweetly sung.
Subject(s): Brooke, Christopher (1570-1628); Browne, William (1591-1645); Ferrar, William (17th Century); Prisons & Prisoners


THE SHEPHERD'S HUNTING: THE FIRST EGLOGUE, by GEORGE WITHER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Willy leaves his flock a while
Last Line: Prethee, willy, do.
Subject(s): Browne, William (1591-1645); Prisons & Prisoners


THE SHEPHERD'S HUNTING: THE FOURTH EGLOGUE, by GEORGE WITHER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Philaret on willy calls
Last Line: If thou come next holy-day.
Subject(s): Brooke, Christopher (1570-1628); Browne, William (1591-1645); Country Life; Ferrar, William (17th Century); Prisons & Prisoners


THE SHEPHERD'S HUNTING: THE SECOND EGLOGUE, by GEORGE WITHER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Cuddy here relates, how all
Last Line: Let us depart and keepe the pointed houre.
Subject(s): Brooke, Christopher (1570-1628); Browne, William (1591-1645); Prisons & Prisoners


THE SHEPHERD'S HUNTING: THE THIRD EGLOGUE, by GEORGE WITHER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Philarete with his three friends
Last Line: While those that wish thee ill, fret, pine, and perish.
Subject(s): Brooke, Christopher (1570-1628); Browne, William (1591-1645); Ferrar, William (17th Century); Prisons & Prisoners


THE SINGER IN THE PRISON, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O sight of pity, shame and dole!
Last Line: O fearful thought -- a convict soul.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE STORM-PAINTER IN HIS DUNGEON, by FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Midnight, and silence deep!
Last Line: Answer, my spirit! -- answer, storm and night!
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Prisons & Prisoners; Storms; Convicts


THE SUBCULTURE OF THE WRONGLY ACCUSED, by THYLIAS MOSS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ultimately improved by it: slant light
Subject(s): Trials; Guilty; Innocence; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE SUN-THIEF, by RHYS CARPENTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A desolate mountain region. Snow and
Last Line: Cold and clear in the moonlight. Unbroken silence.]
Subject(s): Earth; Escapes; Fire; Grief; Hermes (mythology); Humanity; Love; Mythology; Prisons & Prisoners; Prometheus; Religion; Sun; Zeus; World; Fugitives; Sorrow; Sadness; Convicts; Theology


THE TORTURE-CHAMBER AT RATISBON, by WILLIAM ALLEN BUTLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Down the broad, imperial danube
Last Line: Of our better, purer day!
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Torture; Convicts


THE TWO DOMES, by CHARLES WILLIAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What are those domes? You asked in clerkenwell
Last Line: This is the deep unhappiness of our race.
Subject(s): Guilt; Judgments; Prisons & Prisoners; Sin


THE UNIVERSITY OF GOTTINGEN, by GEORGE CANNING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Whenever with haggard eyes I view
Last Line: Music still continuing to play till it is wholly fallen.)
Variant Title(s): Song By Rogero;rogero's Song Of One Eleven Years In Prison
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Universities & Colleges; Convicts


THE VINTAGE TO THE DUNGEON; A SONG, by RICHARD LOVELACE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sing out, pent souls, sing cheerfully!
Last Line: And daunce to th' musick of your chaines.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE VISITOR, by CAROLYN FORCHE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In spanish he whispers there is no time left.
Alternate Author Name(s): Sidlosky, Carolyn
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Spain; Convicts


THE WOMEN'S PRISON, by JEAN VALENTINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The women in the prison
Subject(s): Women; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THE YOUNG CAPTIVE, by ANDRE MARIE CHENIER    Poem Text                
First Line: The sickle spares the springing corn ...'
Last Line: Within her gracious neighbourhood.
Subject(s): Death; Prisons & Prisoners; Dead, The; Convicts


THERE ARE BLACK, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There are black guards slamming cell gates on black men
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Race Awareness; Convicts


THREADS: ROSA LUXEMBURG FROM PRISON: 1. WRONKE, SPRING 1917, by JANE COOPER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A huge white poplar half fills the prison garden
Subject(s): Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919); Prisons & Prisoners


THREADS: ROSA LUXEMBURG FROM PRISON: 2. BRESLAU, NOVEMBER-DEC. 1917, by JANE COOPER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hans is killed
Subject(s): Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919); Prisons & Prisoners


THREADS: ROSA LUXEMBURG FROM PRISON: 3. BRESLAU, SPRING 1918, by JANE COOPER                    Poet's Biography
First Line: My window looks on the red brick wall
Subject(s): Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919); Prisons & Prisoners


TIRED, by AUGUSTA DAVIES WEBSTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No not to-night, dear child; I cannot go
Last Line: And are you shawled against this east wind's chills?
Alternate Author Name(s): Home, Cecil; Webster, Mrs. Julia Augusta
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Morality; Prisons & Prisoners; Women; Ethics


TO ALTHEA, FROM PRISON, by RICHARD LOVELACE    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: When love with unconfined wings
Last Line: Enjoy such liberty.
Subject(s): Freedom; Love; Prisons & Prisoners; Liberty; Convicts


TO BE SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN, by GYORGY PETRI                    Poet's Biography
First Line: I glance down at my shoe and - there's the lace!
Subject(s): Human Rights; Prisons & Prisoners; Shoes; Convicts; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


TO FORTUNE, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Whilst I in prison or in court look down
Last Line: And, wouldst thou have me humbled, make me great.
Subject(s): Fortune; Pride; Prisons & Prisoners; Self-esteem; Self-respect


TO SILVIO PELLICO, ON READING HIS 'PRIGIONE', by FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There are who climb the mountain's heathery side
Last Line: There throned in peace divine is liberty!
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Freedom; Pellico, Sivio (1789-1854); Prisons & Prisoners; Liberty; Convicts


TO SITTING BULL, by GERTRUDE B. GUNDERSON    Poem Text                
First Line: There is no prophet without honor, save
Last Line: Our prairie when injustice is abroad.
Subject(s): Messiah; Native Americans; Prisons & Prisoners; Prophecy & Prophets; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America; Convicts


TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 2. HIGH IN MY CHAMBER, by EDWARD CARPENTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: High in my chamber I can hear the deep bells chime
Last Line: Through the night rising I hear.
Subject(s): Exiles; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


TRAMP, TRAMP, TRAMP, by GEORGE FREDERICK ROOT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the prison cell I sit
Last Line: Of freedom in our own beloved home.
Subject(s): Adversity; Freedom; Holidays; Memorial Day; Prisons & Prisoners; War; Liberty; Declaration Day; Convicts


TRAVERSE CITY ZOO, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Once I saw a wolf tread a circle in his cage
Last Line: Of dope. He grew smaller and sputtered into sleep.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Anger; Animals; Prisons & Prisoners; Zoos; Convicts


TRILCE: 18, by CESAR VALLEJO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, the four walls of the cell!
Last Line: Must look for manís powerless superiority
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


TUOL SLENG: POL POT'S PRISON, by KAREN SWENSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Like photographs of dutch schultz which show a slick
Last Line: But all I can do is make them into words.
Subject(s): Cambodia; Photography & Photographers; Prisons & Prisoners


UNDER HOUSE ARREST IN WINDSOR, by HENRY HOWARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When windsor walls sustained my wearied arm
Last Line: And I half bent to throw me down withal.
Alternate Author Name(s): Surrey, Earl Of
Subject(s): Children; Prisons & Prisoners; Windsor Castle; Childhood; Convicts


UPON THE BISHOP OF LINCOLNE'S IMPRISONMENT, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Never was day so over-sick with showres
Last Line: Yet I bring balme and oile to heal your sore.
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


VILLON IN PRISON, by HOWARD CHANDLER ROBBINS    Poem Text                
First Line: A word with thee, my friend o' the rusty keys!
Last Line: How did the first line run? -- poor jehanne, poor jehanne!
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Villon, Francois (1431-1463); Yale University


VIRGIDEMIAE: BOOK 4: SATIRE: 2, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Old driueling lolio drudges all he can
Last Line: Brasse gentlemen, and caesars laureate.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Prisons & Prisoners; Schools; Soul; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Convicts; Students


WHAT DID YOU SEE?, by FANNY HOWE    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw the shrouds of prisoners
Last Line: And I recognize them!
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


WHAT'S HAPPENING, by JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At this moment, fires of a riot are everywhere
Last Line: Viva la huelga!
Subject(s): Politics & Government; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


WORK IN PROGRESS, by CHARLES MARTIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Doctor, I dream that I am lost, and mocked
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


WRITTEN ON A WALL AT WOODSTOCK, by ELIZABETH I    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh fortune, thy wrestling wavering state
Last Line: So god send to my foes all they have thought.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tudor, Elizabeth
Variant Title(s): Verses Written On A Shutter ...
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


WRITTEN ON THE DUNGEON WALL, by EMILY JANE BRONTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I know that tonight the wind is sighing
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Ellis
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


WRITTEN THE DAY I WAS TO BEGIN A RESIDENCY AT THE STATE PENITENTIARY, by ARTHUR SZE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Inmates put an acetylene torch to another inmate's face
Last Line: "are ""an ice cube's chance in hell."
Subject(s): Beckett, Samuel (1906-1989); Prisons & Prisoners


WYATT BEING IN PRISON, TO BRIAN, by THOMAS WYATT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sighs are my food, drink are my tears
Last Line: But yet, alas, the scar shall still remain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Variant Title(s): Sighs Are My Food;epigram: 24
Subject(s): Bryan, Sir Francis (d. 1550); Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts