Lyric Poetry Around the World



  1. Classic of Poetry (China, 840-620 BCE)
  2. Equal to the Gods by Sappho (Greece, 6th c. BCE)
  3. Song of Songs (Israel, c. 300 BCE
  4. Elegies of Chu (China, 2nd-1st c. BCE)
  5. Lesbia's Pet Sparrow by Catullus (Rome, c. 84 – c. 54 BCE)
  6. Carpe Diem by Horace (Rome, 65-8 BCE)
  7. Metamorphoses by Ovid (Rome, 8 CE) 
  8. Epigrams by Martial (Rome, 1st c. CE)
  9. Nineteen Old Poems (China, 2nd c. CE)
  10. Drinking Wine by Tao Yuanming (China, 365-427 CE)
  11. Quatrains (jueju) from the Tang Dynasty (China, 618-907) 
  12. Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (Japan, c. 653–c. 710)
  13. Manyoshu (Japan, 759)
  14. Wang Wei (China, 699-761)
  15. Li Bai (China, 701-762)
  16. Du Fu (China, 712-770)
  17. Hanshan (China, 8th c.)
  18. Bai Juyi (China, 772-846)
  19. Kokin Wakashu (Japan, 905)
  20. Su Shi (China, 1037-1101)
  21. Omar Khayyam (Persia. 1048-1131)
  22. Saigyo (Japan, 1118-1190)
  23. Lu You (China, 1125-1209)
  24. Fujiwara no Teika (Japan, 1162-1241)
  25. Walther von der Vogelweide (Germany, c. 1170 – c. 1230)
  26. Petrarca (Italy, 1374)
  27. Ikkyu (1394-1481)
  28. Sogi (Japan, 1421–1502)
  29. Francois Villon (France, 1431-1463)
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  31. Ode to Cassandra by Pierre de Ronsard (France, 1545)
  32. William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
  33. John Donne (England, 1572-1631)
  34. Andrew Marvell (England, 1621-1678)
  35. Matsuo Basho (Japan, 1644-1694) 
  36. Yosa Buson (Japan, 1716-1784)
  37. William Blake (England, 1757-1827)
  38. Goethe (Germany, 1749-1832)
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  40. Kobayashi Issa (Japan, 1763-1827)
  41. Ryokan (1758-1831)
  42. Wordsworth
  43. Coleridge
  44. Byron
  45. *Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias (England, 1818)
  46. Keats
  47.  George Gordon Byron, She Walks in Beauty (England, 1814)  
  48. I Am Lost to the Wolrd by Friedrich Rückert (Germany, 1834)
  49. The Hermit by Joseph von Eichendorff (Germany, 1837)
  50. *Théophile Gautier, Chinoiserie (France, 1838)
  51. Night Thoughts by Heinrich Heine (Germany, 1843)
  52. Theodor Storm, Die Stadt (German, 1852)
  53. *Gerard de Nerval, from The Chimeras (France, 1856)
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  77. O Soul, Remember This,  by Eduard Mörike (Germany, 1852)
  78. Tomorrow At Dawn by Victor Hugo (France, 1856)
  79. Charles Baudelaire, Le Léthé (France, 1857)
  80. Thomas Hardy, The Ruined Maid (England, 1866)
  81. Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach (England, 1867)
  82. Arthur Rimbaud, Le Mal (France, 1871)
  83. Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Silent Noon (England, 1871)
  84. *Oscar Wilde, Symphony in Yellow (England, 1881)
  85. Stéphane Mallarmé, Tristesse d'été (France, 1887)
  86. Emily Dickinson, Poems (United States, 1891?)
  87. Walt Whitman, A Noiseless Patient Spider (United States, 1891)
  88. Paul Verlaine, Clair de Lune (France, 1891)
  89. Around my Old Dwelling..." by J.H. Leopold (The Netherlands, 1897)
  90. Yosano Akiko, Tangled Hair (Japan, 1901)
  91. Ishikawa Takuboku, A Handful of Sand (Japan, 1910)
  92. Apollinaire, Le pont Mirabeau (France, 1912)
  93. Victor Segalen, Stèles (France, 1912)
  94. Rabindranath Tagore, The Gardener (India, 1913)
  95. Grodek by Georg Trakl (Austria-Hungary, 1914)
  96. Amy Lowell, The Taxi (United States, 1914)
  97. Ezra Pound, The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter (United States, 1915)
  98. Takamura Kotaro, Two Under a Tree (Japan, 1923)
  99. Jan Jacob Slauerhoff, Landscape (The Netherlands, 1928)
  100. Hendrik Marsman, Memories of Holland (The Netherlands, 1936)


I have revised the list of poems and decided to keep the focus more on lyric poetry. That meant discarding some texts "wisdom books" as well as epics. For the time being I will keep the discarded articles online as follows:

Hymn to Inanna (Sumer, 3,500-1,750 BCE) 
Epic of Gilgamesh (Mesopotamia, c. 2,100-900 BCE) 
Pyramid Text of Theti (Egypt, c. 2333 BCE) 
Psalm 23 (Israel, c. 1000-300 BCE)
Book of Changes (China, 1047-772 BCE)
Rig Veda (India, 1,700-1,000 BCE)
Dhammapada (India, 3rd c. BCE)
Iliad (Greece, c. 750 BCE)
Odyssey by Homer (Greece, c. 725-675 BCE)
Daodejing (China, 3rd c. BCE)
The Birth of Kumara by Kalidasa (India, 4th-5th c. CE)
Aphorisms by Bhartrihari (India, 5th c.)


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