Poems to Learn by Heart

by Caroline Kennedy Author

(From Amazon): There's a poem to celebrate every moment in life-whether it's hitting a home run, watching a sunset, or laughing with your best friend. A poem is a gift of the heart that can inspire, reassure, or challenge us. Memorize it-share it-it's yours forever.In this diverse collection, a companion to her New York Times #1 best-seller A Family of Poems, Caroline Kennedy has chosen more than a hundred poems that speak to all of us: the young and young at heart, readers new to poetry and devoted fans. These poems explore deep emotions, as well as ordinary experiences. They cover the range of human experience and imagination. Divided into sections about nature, sports, monsters and fairies, friendship and family, this book is full of surprises. Each section is preceded by Caroline's thoughtful introduction reflecting her own family's engagement with and enjoyment of poetry.Illustrated with striking watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Jon J Muth, this is truly a book for all ages and interests, and one that families will want to share for years to come.

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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
Early Years - 12th
First Edition, First Printing


  • 1 First Poem by Rita Dove
  • 2 from The World is Round by Gertrude Stein
  • 3 I am Cherry Alive by Delmore Schwartz
  • 4 My Shadow by Robert Lewis Stevenson
  • 5 Crying by Galway Kinnell
  • 6 O Dear! How Disgusting is Life by Edward Lear
  • 7 Bad Morning by Langston Hughes
  • 8 Ode to Pablo's Tennis Shoes by Gary Soto
  • 9 Don't Worry if Your Job Is Small by Anonymous
  • 10 It Couldn't Be Done by Edgar Albert Guest
  • 11 Personal by Langston Hughes
  • 12 A Man said by Stephen Crane
  • 13 Sonnet 94 by William Shakespeare
  • 14 Dust of Snow by Robert Frost
  • 15 If-- by Rudyard Kipling
  • 16 from A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • 17 Between What I See and What I Say... by Octavio Paz
  • 18 Micah 6:8
  • 19 Disobedience by A.A.Milne
  • 20 Brother by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • 21 Brother and Sister by Lewis Carroll
  • 22 If Little Red Riding Hood... by Jeff Moss
  • 23 Andre Gwendolyn Brooks
  • 24 The Parent by Ogden Nash
  • 25 Bilingual/Bilingüe by Rhina P. Espaillat
  • 26 Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall
  • 27 Manners by Elizabeth Bishop
  • 28 Bee! I'm expecting you! by Emily Dickenson
  • 29 Vade Mecum by Billy Collins
  • 30 Evil Langston Hughes
  • 31 A Poison Tree by William Blake
  • 32 Tableau by Countee Cullen
  • 33 Voices Rising by DreamYard Prep Slam Team
  • 34 A Blessing by James Wright
  • 35 Invitation to Love by Paul Lawrence Dunbar
  • 36 1 Corinthians 13:1-8
  • 37 For Katrina's Sun-Dial by Henry van Dyke
  • 38 Liberty by Janet S. Wong
  • 39 The Little Elf by John Kendrick Bangs
  • 40 The Fairies by Rose Fyleman
  • 41 I'd Love to Be a Fairy's Child by Robert Graves
  • 42 Some One by Walter de la Mare
  • 43 Under the Bed by Penny Trzynka
  • 44 What's That? by Florence Parry Heide
  • 45 from TheMasque of Queens by Ben Jonson
  • 46 Songs of the Ogres by W.H. Auden
  • 47 The S[plendour Falls on Castle Walls by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • 48 Foolish Questions by American Folk Rhyme
  • 49 Way Down South Anonymous
  • 50 There was an old man in a garden by Edward Lear
  • 51 There was an old Person whose habits by Edward Lear
  • 52 Baby Ate a Microchip by Neal Levin
  • 53 from Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • 54 Herbert Glerbett by Jack Prelutsky
  • 55 The Toys Talk of the World by Katherine Pyle
  • 56 All About Boys and Girls by John Ciardi
  • 57 Some Words Inside of Words by Richard Wilbur
  • 58 The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash
  • 59 Duty of the Student by Edward Anthony
  • 60 Gnome by Samuel Beckett
  • 61 Sick by Shel Silverstein
  • 62 Homework by Jane Yolen
  • 63 Lucky Trade by Matthew M. Fredericks
  • 64 Bubble Troubles by Janet S. Wong
  • 65 How to Paint a Donkey by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • 66 The Lesson by Billy Collins
  • 67 Theme for English B by Langston Hughes
  • 68 if everything happens that can't be done by E.E.Cummings
  • 69 The Secret Sits by Robert Frost
  • 70 Hide-and-Seek, 1933 by Galway Kinnell
  • 71 Block City by Robert Lewis Stevenson
  • 72 The Girls in the Circle by Nikki Giovanni
  • 73 We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks
  • 74 Slam, Dunk, & Hook by Yusef Komunyakaa
  • 75 Defender by Linda Sue Park
  • 76 Zuri at Bat by Nikki Grimes
  • 77 Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
  • 78 Casey's Revenge by Grantland Rice
  • 79 May by John Updike
  • 80 Will, lost in a sea of trouble by Archilochos
  • 81 The Destruction of Sennacherib by George Gordon, Lord Byron
  • 82 Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • 83 from Henry V, iii, 56-67 by William Shakespeare
  • 84 Shiloh by Herman Melville
  • 85 Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
  • 86 Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • 87 Ukase by Pfc. C.G.Tiggas
  • 88 When he was small, when he would fall by Vladimir Nabokov
  • 89 The Unknown Soldier by Billy Rose
  • 90 First They Came for the Jews by Martin Niemöller
  • 91 from "Voices from Lemnos" by Seamus Heaney
  • 92 Peace by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • 93 from "Auguries of Innocence" by William Blake
  • 94 Happy Thought by Robert Lewis Stevenson
  • 95 What Are Heavy? by Christina Rossetti
  • 96 Devotion by Robert Frost
  • 97 Will There Really Be a Morning? by Emily Dickinson
  • 98 Ballad of the Morning Streets by Amiri Baraka
  • 99 who are you, little i by E.E.Cummings
  • 100 In beauty may I walk from the Navajo
  • 101 Tom by Gwendolyn Brooks
  • 102 from As You Like It, II, v 5-12; 18-25 by William Shakespeare
  • 103 Anecdote of the Jar by Wallace Stevens
  • 104 The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens
  • 105 Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams
  • 106 from The Metamorphoses, Book I by Ovid
  • 107 The World by William Brighty Rands
  • 108 from The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • 109 Young Lochinvar by Sir Walter Scott
  • 110 The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service
  • 111 Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • 112 Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • 113 Catch a Little Rhyme by Eve Merriam

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