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.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
In this playful poem, Silverstein uses an extended metaphor to capture the beauty of a child's imagination.
William Butler Yeats
Yeats reveals his torn emotions about the Easter Rising, an armed rebellion against British rule in Ireland.
The Song of The Shirt
This poem depicts the inhuman working conditions for England's poor.
We Wear the Mask
Paul Laurence Dunbar
This famous poem is about the tendency of oppressed black Americans to conceal their pain and suffering in post-Civil War America.
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.
I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
Dickinson calls public life "dreary" and takes pride in maintaining a private identity.
Answer to A Child's Question
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love is simple, good, and pure in this Romantic poem.
The Ecchoing Green
In this famous poem, Blake laments the fleeting nature of youth.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The famous poem that begins, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
The White Man's Burden
Rudyard Kipling argues that is America's moral imperative to colonize and rule non-white nations.
William Ernest Henley
A passionate cry of resilience: "I am the master of my fate, / I am the captain of my soul."
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
A man with a magic pipe is hired to rid a town of rats. He takes revenge when a greedy mayor won't pay.
Edgar Allan Poe
The speaker, having gone mad by the loss of his lover, imagines he is visited by a talking raven.
Sonnet 18 is also known as, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
Edgar Allan Poe
A sad speaker recounts the early romance of his now-dead lover, Annabel Lee.
The Road Not Taken
A man reflects on being at a crossroads. How has his decision shaped his identity and life?
This famous poem deals with the tensions and questions of human existence.
The Blind Men and the Elephant
John Godfrey Saxe
A famous retelling of an Indian parable that deals with perception and the subjective nature of truth.