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What is a good 12-14 line poem for a high school senior to memorize??

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Sonnet: England in 1819 By Percy Bysshe Shelley An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying king,-- Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who Through public scorn,--mud from a muddy spring,-- Rulers who neither see, nor feel, nor know, But leech-like to their fainting country cling, Till they drop, blind in blood, without a blow,-- A people starved and stabbed in the untilled field,-- An army, which liberticide and prey Makes as a two-edged sword to all who wield,-- Golden and sanguine laws which tempt and slay; Religion Christless, Godless--a book sealed; A Senate, Time's worst statute unrepealed,-- Are graves, from which a glorious Phantom may Burst, to illumine our tempestuous day. All Sonnets have 14 lines, and are rhythmically easy to remember. But this is a GREAT poem by a great Poet, who by the way was husband to Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein and lover of Lord Byron. more
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