Stories and Poems

 

This section is a collection of stories and poems written by famous writers like Shakespeare and Wordsworth as well as stories by our resident writer, Chris Rose. 

They are suitable for learners from Intermediate to Advanced level. 

 

  • In this poem by Mike Ramsden the author says that he is in a big hall with a crowd of people who are standing and clapping. Sometimes understanding is not just about linguistics…

  • "Alas! I am very sorry to say | That ninety lives have been taken away". Lines from the most famous poem from William Topaz McGonagall, who is regarded as one of the worst poets in the English language!

  • This famous poem by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns is regularly recited during celebrations throughout the world, whenever Haggis makes an appearance on the menu.

  • "O say what is that thing call'd Light, | Which I must ne'er enjoy"
    In this short poem, Poet Laureate Colley Cibber describes the feelings of a boy who has never been able to see.

  • This nonsense poem was written by Dr. W. H. Williams for a faculty club dinner on the eve of the physicist Eddington's departure from Berkeley in 1924.

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    Thomas Hood wrote at the start of the nineteenth century, but he sounds surprisingly modern. In this poem, Hood takes a look at winter in a cold, urban climate, expressed with a nice sense of humour.

  • Autumn (or "Fall" – AmEng) often arouses feelings of loss and melancholy. But to John Keats, we should celebrate the end of summer for the wonderful fruitfulness of nature about to decay.

  • "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players…" The famous lines from Shakespeare's play As You Like It.

  • This nonsense poem was written by Dr. W. H. Williams for a faculty club dinner on the eve of the physicist Eddington's departure from Berkeley in 1924.

  • "O say what is that thing call'd Light, | Which I must ne'er enjoy"
    In this short poem, Poet Laureate Colley Cibber describes the feelings of a boy who has never been able to see.

  • In this poem by Mike Ramsden the author says that he is in a big hall with a crowd of people who are standing and clapping. Sometimes understanding is not just about linguistics…

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    This Taoist poem shows that trying to label something can make a non-existent thing wrongly seem as if it had concrete or material existence, as Starshine finds out when he questions Non-Being.

  • "O say what is that thing call'd Light, | Which I must ne'er enjoy"
    In this short poem, Poet Laureate Colley Cibber describes the feelings of a boy who has never been able to see.

  • This poem is about teaching English and conveys powerful emotions through observation of small, almost banal details: shoes in shoe shops, bright dresses, the artificial language of an English lesson.

  • A cat and a dog

    Rudyard Kipling used to tell his daughter stories like "How did the camel get his hump?" The stories end with a poem as a summary. This one tells us why many people prefer dogs to cats.

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Alok srivastava's picture
Alok srivastava
India

sympathetic poem

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abdallah abuelayyan's picture
abdallah abuelayyan
Jordan

life is short and wears away.

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TinyApplePie
Saudi Arabia

not when they can poison you, that's isn't "just a spider".

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