CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 5th-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.
Tristan and Isolde
Lady Jane Wilde
A knight and a princess fall in love, but at the cost of betraying their king.
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.
To My Dear and Loving Husband
A woman professes her love to her husband.
Mother to Son
This Harlem Renaissance poem uses metaphor to depict a mother's struggles in life.
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.
If We Must Die
A Harlem Renaissance poet discusses facing death and other obstacles with courage and dignity.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
In this playful poem, Silverstein uses an extended metaphor to capture the beauty of a child's imagination.
James Weldon Johnson
"My heart be brave," writes James Weldon Johnson, the civil rights activist and NAACP leader.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Dylan Thomas' most famous poem, written for his dying father, in which he urges him to "rage, rage against the dying of the light."
The Ecchoing Green
In this famous poem, Blake laments the fleeting nature of youth.
Edgar Allan Poe
The speaker, having gone mad by the loss of his lover, imagines he is visited by a talking raven.
Edgar Allan Poe
A sad speaker recounts the early romance of his now-dead lover, Annabel Lee.
This famous poem deals with the tensions and questions of human existence.