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.
My Last Duchess
A powerful Victorian-era Duke marvels peculiarly over a painting of his late wife, whose fate seems mysteriously related to his intolerance of her friendliness.
A rousing poem celebrating Columbus’s perseverance even when success was far from certain.
Anthem for Doomed Youth
A soldier laments the loss of his fellow young combatants during the First World War.
On Being Brought from Africa to America
A woman describes being brought to America from Africa as a slave and the impact of the experience on her religious beliefs.
Verses Written by a Young Lady, on Women Born to Be Controll'd!
A speaker laments the position of women as was then conceived natural: subservient to men.
To My Dear and Loving Husband
A woman professes her love to her husband.
Casey at the Bat
Ernest Lawrence Thayer
In one of the most classic sports poems in history, an arrogant player approaches the base with the weight of the game on his shoulders.
When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be
A speaker shares his desires for his future and his fears that he will not accomplish them.
This short but profound poem deals with the idea of hiding one’s identity.
Paul Revere's Ride
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The legendary tale of Paul Revere celebrates the story of the night that sparked the American Revolution.
I'm Happiest When Most Away
In this short poem, Brontë contemplates existing in a solitary, meditative state.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
A man pauses for a thoughtful moment in the woods.
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
A man speculates on the lives of the dead — and what may be said of him, after death — as he walks through a country churchyard.
Robert Louis Stevenson
In this whimsical poem, Stevenson describes the adventures he will have in his youth - adventures that will sustain him when he is old.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In this poem, Longfellow compares death to a mother leading her reluctant child to bed.
We Grow Accustomed to the Dark
In this poem, "the Dark" is something unknown and ever-present.
To An Athlete Dying Young
A. E. Housman
The speaker addresses an elegy to a champion runner who died at the height of his physical prime.
Learning to Read
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
An African American child in 1872 describes what it was like to be discouraged from learning how to read.
The Transformation of Arachne into a Spider
Arachne, a skilled weaver, offends the goddess Athena by her lack of humility and suffers the consequences.