CommonLit The Library
CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
At A Window
A desperate speaker begs the gods to deliver someone to love.
This sonnet, written during WWI, describes an English soldier's dying wish.
The War Prayer
A country gone to war is visited by a mysterious messenger who explains the price of victory.
There Will Come Soft Rains
Nature is indifferent to the conflicts and suffering of mankind.
The Song of The Shirt
This poem depicts the inhuman working conditions for England's poor.
A Poison Tree
In this poem, a speaker allows their hatred and anger to grow, like a poisonous tree.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A woman meets Prejudice, personified as a man, while walking on a mountain path.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
A classic poem packed with metaphors in which Frost depicts the fleeting nature of youth.
Making a Fist
Naomi Shihab Nye
A child has a realization about her own mortality.
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
In this poem, the speaker prefers nature to the astronomer's cold, organized lecture.
The White Man's Burden
Rudyard Kipling argues that is America's moral imperative to colonize and rule non-white nations.
Edgar Allan Poe
The speaker, having gone mad by the loss of his lover, imagines he is visited by a talking raven.
Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
In these excerpts, the star-crossed lovers lament the family names that made them mortal enemies.
My Lost Youth
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker remembers the vivid longings and wild emotions of his boyhood.
I Hear America Singing
During the urbanization of America, Walt Whitman championed an America alive with nature, art, and the beauty of the human imagination.
Out Where the West Begins
Arthur Chapman wrote this poem in 1917 in response to some Western governors who were having a dispute over which states should be considered "The West."