Poetry by Mark Twain

Mark Twain Poetry

Although Mark Twain was best known for being a satirist and a humorously creative author, he also wrote a few poems. We have referenced these six in our curriculum, including in American Literature (EIL3) and  Introduction to Literature (EIL1).

“Mark Twain”, A. F. Bradley (NY), c1907 May 20, Library of Congress





In addition to fiction and poetry, Mark Twain was also an excellent writer of prose pieces. EIl’s selection of these can be found here.

If you’d like to learn more about this author you can read our Mark Twain biography or explore our other Mark Twain Resources.


Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He drew heavily on his own life experience when writing, which is evident in everything from his travelogues such as The Innocents Abroad to his beloved novels, many of which take place on the Mississippi River where Twain worked as a pilot. His best-known novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but his favorite of all his books was his beautiful portrayal of Joan of Arc.


When will you read Mark Twain’s writing in Excellence in Literature?

E1.3 Focus text: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court OR Joan of Arc

E1.3 Honors text: The Prince and the Pauper

E3.6 Focus text: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

E3.6 Honors text: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer