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.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
The speaker of the poem uses symbolism to explain the connection they feel between their ancestry and identity.
Dulce et Decorum Est
The horrors of chemical warfare during World War I are described in this gripping poem.
A Lonely Planet Ponders
John P. Curtin
A planet narrates his role in the universe, governed by the laws of nature.
What Teachers Make
A teacher is criticized for his profession and pushes back in this powerful poem.
Tristan and Isolde
Lady Jane Wilde
A knight and a princess fall in love, but at the cost of betraying their king.
The Lady of Shalott
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
In this popular Lord Tennyson poem, the Lady of Shalott leaves her magic tower to pursue Sir Lancelot, but is followed by a tragic curse.
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.
The Tempest 4.1.156-8
Soto begins this poem with a line from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to delve into the harsh reality of death and how it is dealt with.
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.
A husband and wife grieve differently about their deceased child.
In this classic Frost poem, a speaker questions the necessity of a dilapidated stone wall between his land and his neighbor's.
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.
I like to see it lap the Miles
A speaker depicts the arrival of the "iron horse," or railroad engine and its train.
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.
To His Excellency, General Washington
An ode to the future first president, commending his achievements as general in the American Revolutionary War.