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Most of us, at one time or another, have experienced wanderlust. For many, the desire to explore is almost irresistible. Now for devotees of poetry, and for those who long for the open road, this highly affordable collection contains a rich selection of poems about travel and adventure.
You’ll find more than 90 poems by 50 American and British masters (mainly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries), including Whitman, Byron, Millay, Sandburg, Service, Bliss Carman, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Masefield, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Shelley, Tennyson, Yeats, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Claude McKay, Christina Rossetti, and other fellow travelers. Their poems celebrate the real and metaphorical journeys each of us takes in the course of our lives towards love, discovery, loss, leaving the nest, and coming home.
Whatever your mode of transportation, and wherever you are going, take this literary traveling companion with you for hours of reading enjoyment and insight into the road that lies ahead.
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Table of ContentsSONGS FOR THE OPEN ROAD
From Song of the Open Road. Walt Whitman
There Is No Frigate Like a Book. Emily Dickinson
"From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, George Gordon, Lory Byron"
The Vagabond. Robert Louis Stevenson
Ithaka. Constantine Cavafy (translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard)
"Song of Songs. (from the Song of Solomon, 2:10-13, King James Bible)"
what is. E. E. Cummings
"somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond. E. E. Cummings"
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer. John Keats
On Journeys Through the States. Walt Whitman
Recuerdo. Edna St. Vincent Millay
A Vagabond Song. Bliss Carman
From A Rolling Stone. Robert Service
The Land of Beyond. Robert Service
On the World. Francis Quarles
Great things are done when men & mountains meet. William Blake
Roadways. John Masefield
Out Where the West Begins. Arthur Chapman
Highway. Gene Zeiger
The Sacred. Stephen Dunn
The Lake Isle of Innisfree. William Butler Yeats
"I was Born Upon Thy Bank, River. Henry David Thoreau"
The Road Not Taken. Robert Frost
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Robert Frost
Acquainted with the Night. Robert Frost
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer. Walt Whitman
The Negro Speaks of Rivers. Langston Hughes
The Stolen Child. William Butler Years
Sonnet - to an American Painter Departing for Europe. Wiliam Cullen Bryant
Into My Own. Robert Frost
Escapist - Never. Robert Frost
To the Not Impossible Him. Edna St. Vincent Millay
"SEAR, RAIL AND SKY"
"From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. George Gordon, Lord Byron"
Sea-Fever. John Masefield
Exultation is in the Going. Emily Dickinson
The Secret of the Sea. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Put Off Thy Bark from Shore, Though Near the Night. Frederick Goddard Tuckerman"
Golden Moonrise. William Stanley Braithwaite
Exiled. Edna St. Vincent Millay
A Strip of Blue. Lucy Larcom
In Cabin'd Ships at Sea. Walt Whitman
Columbus. Joaquin Miller
Song. John Davidson
The Winds of Fate. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Seafarer. Archibald MacLeish
All day I Hear the Noise of Waters. James Joyce
"The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow"
From the Shore. Carl Sandburg
Les Silhouettes (from Impressions). Oscar Wilde
The Flying Dutchman. Edwin Arlington Robinson
Ships That Pass in the Night. Paul Laurence Dunbar
From My Lost Youth. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Emigravit. Helen Hunt Jackson
Possibilities. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Song. Elizabeth Bishop
Death of an Old Seaman. Langston Hughes
"Ulysses. Alfred, Lord Tennyson"
Travel. Edna St. Vincent Millay
I like to see it lap the Miles. Emily Dickinson
Riding on a Railroad Train. Ogden Nash
Taking the Night-Train. John James Piatt
Night Journey. Theodore Roethke
Window. Carl Sandburg
Pennsylvania Station. Langston Hughes
The Engine. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Midnight on the Great Western. Thomas Hardy
To a Locomotive in Winter. Walt Whitman
A Dream of Trains. Mark Van Doren
"High Flight. John Gillespie Magee, Jr. "
"First Flight. Dorothy Wellesley, Duchess of Wellington"
To a Waterfowl. William Cullen Bryant
The Journey is Everything. Helen Bevington
Sympathy. Paul Laurence Dunbar
To the Man-of-War Bird. Walt Whitman
"Get Up, Blues. James A. Emanuel"
"HOME, REST AND FINAL VOYAGES"
From Little Gidding. T. S. Eliot
Into My Heart and Air That Kills. A. E. Housman
Love of Country (from The Lay of the Last Minstrel). Sir Walter Scott
"Home-Thoughts, from Abroad. Robert Browning"
The Tropics in New York. Claude McKay
America for Me. Henry Van Dyke
The New Colossus. Emma Lazarus
Home. Anne Brontë
The Long Voyage. Malcolm Cowley
"Home, Sweet Home! John Howard Payne"
Anchored. Paul Laurence Dunbar
Terminus. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Tramps. Robert Service
Heart o' the North. Robert Service
Requiem. Robert Louis Stevenson
Tavern. Edna St. Vincent Millay
Up-Hill. Christina Rossetti
The Listeners. Walter de la Mare
Dream-Land. Edgar Allan Poe
The Chariot. Emily Dickinson
Heaven-Haven. Gerard Manley Hopkins
Dream Land. Christina Rossetti
Ozymandias. Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Crossing the Bar. Alfred, Lord Tennyson"