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Subject - Story Telling

Here is a collection of some well known ballads or story poems. Most are somewhat long, but are quite satisfying to memorize and easier than you might think. Paul Revere's Ride and Casey at the Bat are two well known classics. We have noted a couple by Robert Service, but he has a great number of poems that fit the subject of Story Telling.

Poetry is a puppet-show, where riders of skyrockets and divers of sea fathoms gossip about the sith sense and the fourth dimension. - Carl Sandburg


  1. How They Brought The Good News From Ghent To Aix by Robert Browning

    a valorous ride saves Aix from an unknown fate

  2. Lord Ullin's Daughter by Thomas Campbell

    a woman and her lover flee her father's wrath

  3. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

    a young man defeats a fearsome beast

  4. The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll

    an unlikely cadre team-up in search of the elusive snark

  5. The Leak in the Dike by Phoebe Cary

    a boy's heroic deed saves Holland from the encroachment of the sea

  6. The Face on the Barroom Floor by Hugh Antoine D'Arcy

    a vagabond sketches the face that drove him mad

  7. The Loss of the Birkenhead by Sir Francis Doyle
  8. Agincourt by Michael Drayton

    King Henry and his company defeat the French, though outnumbered 10 to 1

  9. The Yarn of the 'Nancy Bell' by W.S. Gilbert

    rather on the gross side

  10. John Burns of Gettysburg by Bret Harte
  11. Jim Bludso of the Prairie Belle by John Hay
  12. The Green Eye of the Yellow God by J. Milton Hayes

    beware the vengance of the little yellow god

  13. The Eve of St. Agnes by John Keats

    a gothic tale of thwarted young love

  14. La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats

    a knight waits on a cold hill-side for the aparition that has seduced him

  15. Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling

    this regimental water boy is a better man that most

  16. Edgehill Fight by Rudyard Kipling

    the English Civil War pits neighbor against neighbor

  17. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear

    The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea-green boat

  18. The Wreck of the Hesperus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    best be cautious, not proud, in dealing with the sea

  19. Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    the inspired telling of one of America most memorable historic events

    Listen my children and you shall hear
    Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere

  20. A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore

    'Twas the night before Christmas

  21. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris

    Guenevere defends herself and Lancelot before King Arthur's court

  22. The King of Denmark's Ride by Caroline Norton
  23. The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

    Bess must warn her lover before the redcoats shoot him down

  24. The Man from Snowy River by Andrew Barton Paterson

    an unassuming mountain horseman rounds-up a wayward herd of wild bush horses

  25. Mulga Bill's Bicycle by Andrew Barton Paterson

    Mugla Bill claims to be able to ride anything, but can he?

  26. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

    an eerie tale of an anguished man haunted by the memory of his lost love

  27. The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service

    a stranger gives dangerous Dan his just desserts

  28. The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service

    There are strange things done in the midnight sun
    By the men who toil for gold.

  29. The Lifeboat by George R. Sims

    We launched the boat in the tempest, though death was the goal in view
    And never a one but doubted if the craft could live it through;

  30. Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    perhaps the best known verse on war

    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do and die:

  31. Casey at the Bat by Ernest L. Thayer

    the big game depends on Casey

  32. The Song of Wandering Aengus by William Butler Yeats

The subject indexes are a wonderful way to browse Poets' Corner, leading you to works you might not find any other way. I hope also that they can help the site to seem less overwhelming than it might at first. If you have suggestions or comments about the Subject Indicies please contact Jon Lachelt.

The quotes from Carl Sandburg on the heading of some of the subject pages are from his book of poems, Good Morning America.

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