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.
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.
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
Lord Arthur Savile receives an ill fortune and then struggles to fulfill this destiny so he may marry.
At A Window
A desperate speaker begs the gods to deliver someone to love.
'To Be Or Not To Be' Soliloquy
In this famous soliloquy, Hamlet contemplates suicide and discusses why men are moved to inaction.
Death Be Not Proud
In this famous poem, Donne uses a defiant tone to confront Death.
Sassoon, who was himself a soldier in WWI, describes a soldier's perspective on the battlefield.
This sonnet, written during WWI, describes an English soldier's dying wish.
A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General
Swift uses humor to show that even decorated generals cannot fight off death.
William Butler Yeats
Yeats reveals his torn emotions about the Easter Rising, an armed rebellion against British rule in Ireland.
Hermann the Irascible
A king living during the Edwardian Era makes it mandatory for women to vote in every election.
A Description of A City Shower
In this humorous poem, Swift exposes the shortcomings of city life, particularly the lack of adequate plumbing, which becomes a problem for everyone when it rains.
The House Dog and The Wolf
An adaptation of a classic fable in which a hungry wolf decides, "Lean freedom is better than fat slavery."
The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe
This is a classic and suspenseful tale of revenge told from the perspective of the murderer.
Every Man a King
Huey P. Long
At the height of the Great Depression, Huey P. Long, a Louisiana senator, delivered this famous speech in which he denounced the rich and argued to "scale down the big fortunes."
The Fallacy of Success
Chesterton uses humor to mock books that aim to teach a person how to become wealthy and successful.
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.
Using a paternal tone, the speaker makes a list of rules to live by.
Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences
The Onion Staff
In this humorous article, a wealthy teenager uses his wealth and connections to escape charges for causing a terrible drunk driving accident.