Welcome to the Poetry Books category, where we have a wide range of contemporary and traditional free poetry for you to keep.

Share the Past ...


Poetry books can take many forms – long poems, short poems, rhyming or not rhyming. Different cultures have different formats, for examples the Japanese haiku. The common theme is the way the poem is structured with a rhythm. A poem does not have to rhyme.

Poems can cover a huge range of topics. The genre of poetry is equally about the structure as well as the content, so you will find a more complex, yet creative approach to story-telling. Poetry is used for many reasons. The simple beauty of the format or as a way to invoke feelings and emotions in a way that is not possible with a straightforward piece of text.

Free poetry can be traced back to ancient times in the 2nd and 3rd millennium BC and were often used to tell epic tales. In fact one of the oldest poems discovered on ancient tablets is the Epic of Gilgamesh from Mesopotamia around 2000 BC. It tells the tale of gods and kings and great journeys and battles

Other well known epics that have survived from the ancient world are Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey from ancient Greece.

We already mentioned Shakespeare but in the middle ages he and his contemporaries made the sonnet a popular form of poetry. The rise of the theatre and plays provided larger audiences for poetry. The plays themselves contained poems and it is likely that you will have studied them at school.

Another period of history when poetry books were used to great effect is the First World War. Poets like Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen became famous for there use of poems to described the harrowing experiences of war on the front line. The format and use of metaphors to draw in the reader is exceptionally clever and will not fail to invoke emotion.

Poetry books are a great way to spend a summers day exploring new ideas or curling up in front of the fire in the middle of winter and indulging in wonderful verse. For the true romantics, seek out love poems and read them to your partner.


Free Poetry Books

Earliest published books appear first. Newest books last. Latest books on last page.
Free Ebook: Gog and Magog
Post Digital Revelation by J. D. Casten
The Sea of Affliction by Rosemarie Rowley
Meager Gropings in Madness by James Bryron Love
Dialogue in Fading Light by Philip Casey
A dark crystal queen by Violeta Milovanovic
The Bad Seed by Dee Sunshine
Gifts with No Giver by Nirmala
Poetical Sketches by Michael Graeme
Penn by Sara Berkeley
Home Movie Nights by Sara Berkeley
To Glimpse a Butterfly by Christine Ann Clatworthy
The Meat Murderers by K A Shott
Bridal Mysticism by K A Shott
Art in Parkinson's Disease by K A Shott
Poems by Nathan Pitchford
Dropping Ecstasy With The Angels by Dee Sunshine
.Tech by Luke T. Bergeron
White Picket Fences & Other Fairy Stories by Christina Engela
Mouseprints in the Sand by Brennan Chadwick Emerson
Lights Out & Other Poems by Phuoc-Tan Diep
Whinny by Barbara Marquardt
Sharp Edge of Life by Stephen Moss
Adrift by Dorothy Strangelove
I Am Patchwork by Dorothy Strangelove
Underneath The Silk by Dorothy Strangelove
Shades of Hemlock by Dorothy Strangelove
A Selection of Light Verse by S Bee
Publish on obooko FREE!
Rainy Day Poetry by Eric Dushuanack
Get some free poetry at obooko and enjoy the many themes and forms we have available. An added advantage of poetry books is that they are usually short and can be enjoyed in a brief space of time. It's worthwhile taking the time to read poems over again to understand the meanings and the nuances of what the writer is trying to say to you. Some poems can be complex and it takes time to appreciate the full understanding.