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Famous Absentee Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Absentee poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous absentee poems. These examples illustrate what a famous absentee poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Dickinson, Emily
...I tend my flowers for thee --
Bright Absentee!
My Fuchsia's Coral Seams
Rip -- while the Sower -- dreams --

Geraniums -- tint -- and spot --
Low Daisies -- dot --
My Cactus -- splits her Beard
To show her throat --

Carnations -- tip their spice --
And Bees -- pick up --
A Hyacinth -- I hid --
Puts out a Ruffled Head --
And odors fall
From flasks -- so small --
You marvel how they held --

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
To Kiley's Run -- 
For chances come and changes ring -- 
I scarcely think 'twill always be 
Locked up to suit an absentee; 
And if he lets it out in farms 
His tenants soon will carry arms 
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by Lawson, Henry
..., too, 
For he's not a poet's dummy -- he's a man, the same as you; 
But his back is growing rounder -- slaving for the absentee -- 
And his toiling wife is thinner than a country wife should be. 
For we noticed that the faces of the folks we chanced to meet 
Should have made a greater contrast to the faces in the street; 
And, in short, we think the bushman's being driven to the wall, 
And it's doubtful if his spirit will be `loyal thro' it all'. 

Though the bush ha...Read more of this...

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