The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems

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RACHEL FIELD
1894–1942

Something Told
the Wild Geese

Something told the wild geese
It was time to go.
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered,—“Snow.”
Leaves were green and stirring,
Berries, luster-glossed,
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned,—“Frost.”
All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice,
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered ice.
Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly,—
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.

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Table of contents

  • The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems 3
  • Contents 5
  • Preface 7
  • Anonymous Native American 8
  • The New England Primer 1727 11
  • Clement Clarke Moore 1779–1863 12
  • Eliza Lee Follen 1787–1860 14
  • Sarah Josepha Hale 1788–1879 15
  • Anna Maria Wells 1795–1868 16
  • Lydia Maria Child 1802–1880 18
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803–1882 19
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807–1882 20
  • John Greenleaf Whittier 1807–1892 22
  • John Godfrey Saxe 1816–1887 24
  • Emily Dickinson 1830–1886 25
  • Henry S. Leigh 1837–1883 26
  • Palmer Cox 1840–1924 27
  • Charles E. Carryl 1841–1920 28
  • James Whitcomb Riley 1849–1916 29
  • Anonymous African American 31
  • Eugene Field 1850–1895 32
  • Laura E. Richards 1850–1943 34
  • Mary E. Wilkins Freeman 1852–1930 35
  • Amos R. Wells 1862–1933 36
  • Ernest Lawrence Thayer 1863–1940 37
  • Gelett Burgess 1866–1951 39
  • Arthur Guiterman 1871–1943 40
  • Robert Frost 1874–1963 41
  • Carl Sandburg 1878–1967 42
  • Vachel Lindsay 1879–1931 44
  • Elizabeth Madox Roberts 1886–1941 45
  • T. S. Eliot 1888–1965 46
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892–1950 48
  • Elizabeth Coatsworth 1893–1986 49
  • E. E. Cummings 1894–1962 51
  • Rachel Field 1894–1942 52
  • David Mccord 1897–1997 53
  • Ogden Nash 1902–1971 54
  • Langston Hughes 1902–1967 56
  • Countee Cullen 1903–1946 59
  • Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) 1904–1991 60
  • Phyllis Mcginley 1905–1978 61
  • Theodore Roethke 1908–1963 62
  • John Ciardi 1916–1986 63
  • Eve Merriam 1916–1992 64
  • Gwendolyn Brooks 1917– 65
  • William Jay Smith 1918– 66
  • May Swenson 1919–1989 68
  • Richard Wilbur 1921– 70
  • X. J.Kennedy 1929– 71
  • Mary Ann Hoberman 1930– 72
  • Karla Kuskin 1932– 73
  • Shel Silverstein 1932–1999 74
  • Nancy Willard 1936– 76
  • Sonia Sanchez 1934– 78
  • Lucille Clifton 1936– 79
  • Jack Prelutsky 1940– 80
  • Pat Mora 1942– 81
  • Nikki Giovanni 1943– 83
  • Gary Soto 1952– 84
  • Francisco X. Alarcon 1954– 85
  • Sandra Cisneros 1954– 88
  • Janet S. Wong 1962– 90
  • Index of Authors 92
  • Index of First Lines and Titles 93
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