What Are Some Popular Free Poems Out of Copyright?

Some of the most beloved poems in history lie in the public domain, including the complete works of William Shakespeare, "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam", "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade". Poetry in the public domain may be freely published.

Other popular poems in the public domain include "Ozymandias" by Perce Bysshe Shelley, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, and "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll. "Oh, Captain! My Captain by Walt Whitman" is in the public domain, as are Keats's "On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer" and Yeats's "The Second Coming."

Poetry, like other creative work, is assumed to belong to the author or his assigns during his lifetime and 70 years after his death. During that time it can be published for profit only with permission. Thereafter, anyone may publish it.