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100 of the Best Poems to Memorize in Morning Time

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So you want to start memorizing poetry in Morning Time. You know you should start with something that delights you as the Mama. But there are millions of possibilities! Where to begin?

Start here with my list of 100 of the best poems to memorize in Morning Time!

I even have a checklist you can print out and keep in your homeschool planner. Imagine how much fun it will be to look back and see how many beautiful words and delightful ideas you and your children now know by heart!

Poems to memorize in your morning time

Be sure to check out the Year of Memory Work, where I have recorded video recitations of several of these selections.

  1. “A December Day,” Sara Teasdale
  2. “A Mighty Fortress,” Martin Luther
  3. “A Negro Love Song,” Paul Laurence Dunbar
  4. “A Red, Red Rose,” Robert Burns
  5. “A Walking Song,” J. R. R. Tolkien
  6. “A was an Apple Pie,” traditional nursery rhyme
  7. “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” Cecil Frances Alexander
  8. “Amazing Grace,” John Newton
  9. “Arithmetic,” Carl Sandburg
  10. “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,” traditional nursery rhyme
  11. “Batter My Heart,” John Donne
  12. “Be Glad Your Nose is On Your Face,” Jack Prelutsky
  13. “Be Thou My Vision,” translated by Eleanor Hull
  14. “Caged Bird,” Maya Angelou
  15. “Casey at the Bat,” Ernest Lawrence Thayer
  16. “Caterpillar,” Christina Rossetti
  17. “Daffodils,” William Wordsworth
  18. “Death Be Not Proud,” John Donne
  19. “Digging,” Seamus Heaney
  20. “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” Dylan Thomas
  21. “Dover Beach,” Matthew Arnold
  22. “Eletelephony,” Laura E. Richards
  23. “Fortune,” Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  24. “Hey Diddle Diddle,” traditional nursery rhyme
  25. “hist whist,” e. e. cummings
  26. “Horatius at the Bridge,” Thomas Babington, Lord Macauley
  27. “I Had a Little Nut Tree,” traditional nursery rhyme
  28. “I Know a Bank,” William Shakespeare
  29. “Iliad,” lines 1-16, Homer
  30.  “I’m Nobody, Who are You?” Emily Dickinson
  31. “If,” Rudyard Kipling
  32. “In Flanders Field,” John Macrae
  33. “In the Bleak Midwinter,” Christina Georgina Rossetti
  34. “Intro to Paradise Lost,” John Milton
  35. “It Couldn’t Be Done,” Edgar Guest
  36. “Jabberwocky,” Lewis Carroll
  37. “King Alfred’s War Song”
  38. “Kubla Khan,” Samuel Coleridge
  39. “Lady of Shallott,” Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  40. “Laughing Time,” William Jay Smith
  41. “Little Miss Muffet,” traditional nursery rhyme
  42. “Lochinvar,” Sir Walter Scott
  43. “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  44. “Most Glorious Lord of Life,” Edmund Spenser
  45. “Mother to Son,” Langston Hughes
  46. “My Shadow,” Robert Louis Stevenson
  47.  “New Colossus,” Emma Lazarus
  48. “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” Robert Frost
  49. “O Captain, My Captain,” Walt Whitman
  50. “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” John Keats
  51. “Old Mother Hubbard,” Sarah Catherine Martin
  52. “On His Blindness,” John Milton
  53. “Ozymandias,” Percy Bysshe Shelley
  54. “Pied Beauty,” Gerard Manley Hopkins
  55. “Poem,” William Carlos Williams
  56. “Prologue to the Canterbury Tales,” Geoffrey Chaucer
  57. Psalm 23
  58. Psalm 51
  59. Psalm 100
  60. Psalm 139
  61. Psalm 150
  62. “Quality of Mercy,” William Shakespeare
  63. “Ring-A-Ring,” Kate Greenaway
  64. “Sea Fever,” John Masefield
  65. “She Walks in Beauty,” Lord Byron
  66. “Skyscrapers,” Rachel Field
  67. “Sneezles,” A. A. Milne
  68. “Sonnet 116,” William Shakespeare
  69. “Sonnets from the Portuguese XXIX,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  70. “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”
  71. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Robert Frost
  72. “The Altar,” George Herbert
  73. “The Baby,” George Macdonald
  74. “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  75. “The Destruction of Sennacherib,” Lord Byron
  76. “The Eagle,” Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  77. “The Frog,” Hilaire Belloc
  78. “The Glove and the Lions,” Leigh Hunt
  79. “The Highwayman,” Alfred Noyes
  80. “The Jumblies,” Edward Lear
  81. “The Kite,” Harry Behn
  82. “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” W. B. Yeats
  83. “The Lamb,” William Blake
  84. “The Lost Doll,” Charles Kingsley
  85. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” T. S. Eliot
  86. “The Meehoo and the Exactlywatt,” Shel Silverstein
  87. “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd,” Sir Walter Raleigh
  88. “The Old Pond,” Matsuo Basho
  89. “The Owl and the Pussycat,” Edward Lear
  90. “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” Christopher Marlowe
  91. “The Raven,” Edgar Allen Poe
  92. “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost
  93. “The Spider and the Fly,” Mary Howitt
  94. “The Tyger,” William Blake
  95. “The Wild Rose,” Wendell Berry
  96. “The Yak,” Hilaire Belloc
  97. “Trees,” Joyce Kilmer
  98. “We Wear the Mask,” Paul Lawrence Dunbar
  99. “What the Mirror Said,” Lucille Clifton
  100. “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” Eugene Field

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Amy Sloan and her husband, John, are second-generation homeschoolers by grace alone to 5 children ages 4, 7, 9, 12, and 14. Their educational philosophy is one of humility and doxology, and follows primarily a classical approach. Amy loves coffee, and starts getting nervous if the stack of to-be-read library books beside her bed is less than 2 feet tall. Get her started on Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Homer, or Hamilton the Musical and it might be hard to get her to stop. Mostly, though, she gets really excited about the Gospel. The Sloan family adventures in North Carolina.

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