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Famous Adapted Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Smart, Christopher
...and is proud of his keepers. 

Let Shedeur rejoice with Pyrausta, who dwelleth in a medium of fire, which God hath adapted for him. 

Let Shelumiel rejoice with Olor, who is of a goodly savour, and the very look of him harmonizes the mind. 

Let Jael rejoice with the Plover, who whistles for his live, and foils the marksmen and their guns. 

Let Raguel rejoice with the Cock of Portugal -- God send good Angels to the allies of England! 

Let Hobab rejoice with...Read More



by Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
...u more close than the star does, when Walter had set me as high?

XV

'If a man finds a woman too fair, he means simply adapted too much
To use unlawful and fatal. The praise! --shall I thank you for such?

XVI

'Too fair?--not unless you misuse us! and surely if, once in a while,
You attain to it, straightaway you call us no longer too fair, but too vile.

XVII

'A moment,--I pray your attention!--I have a poor word in my head
I must utter, though womanly custom woul...Read More

by Betjeman, John
...in the bony wall.
All those delicate re-adjustments
"On the one hand, if we proceed
With the ad hoc policy hitherto adapted
To individual need...
On the other hand, too rigid an arrangement
Might, of itself, perforce...
I would like to submit for the Minister's concurrence
The following alternative course,
Subject to revision and reconsideration
In the light of our experience gains..."
And this had to happen at the corner where the by-p...Read More

by Emerson, Ralph Waldo
...k; 
They prove the virtues of each bed of rock, 
And, like the chemist 'mid his loaded jars 
Draw from each stratum its adapted use 
To drug their crops or weapon their arts withal. 
They turn the frost upon their chemic heap, 
They set the wind to winnow pulse and grain, 
They thank the spring-flood for its fertile slime, 
And, on cheap summit-levels of the snow, 
Slide with the sledge to inaccessible woods 
O'er meadows bottomless. So, year by year, 
They fight the ...Read More

by Emerson, Ralph Waldo
...work;
They prove the virtues of each bed of rock,
And, like a chemist 'mid his loaded jars,
Draw from each stratum its adapted use,
To drug their crops, or weapon their arts withal. 
They turn the frost upon their chemic heap;
They set the wind to winnow vetch and grain;
They thank the spring-flood for its fertile slime;
And, on cheap summit-levels of the snow,
Slide with the sledge to inaccessible woods,
O'er meadows bottomless. So, year by year,
They fight the elem...Read More



by Brautigan, Richard
.... We didn't want her to kill any of them be-

cause she was too young.

 Instead of making her furry sound, she adapted rapidly

to the difference between animals and fish, and was soon

making a silver sound.

 She caught one of the fish with her hand and looked at it

for a while. We took the fish out of her hand and put it back

into the pan. After a while she was putting the fish back by

herself.

 Then she grew tired of this. She tipped the p...Read More

by Carroll, Lewis
...

"It came out in a 'Monthly,' or 
At least my agent said it did: 
Some literary swell, who saw 
It, thought it seemed adapted for 
The Magazine he edited. 

"My father was a Brownie, Sir; 
My mother was a Fairy. 
The notion had occurred to her, 
The children would be happier, 
If they were taught to vary. 

"The notion soon became a craze; 
And, when it once began, she 
Brought us all out in different ways - 
One was a Pixy, two were Fays, 
Another was a Banshee...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...Surgeon said, 
"That's Lead!" 
Said the soldier to the Surgeon, "Do you think they'll send me back? 
For I really ain't adapted to be carrying a pack 
Though I've humped a case of whisky half a mile upon my back". 
And the Surgeon said, 
"That's Lead!" 

"And my legs have swelled up cruel, I can hardly walk at all, 
Bur when the Taubes come over you should see me start to crawl; 
When we're sprinting for the dugout, I can easy beat 'em all". 
And the Surgeon said, 
"T...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...hey heap on the rocks till they loom 
 Like a mountain, befitting a colossus' tomb! 
 
 Foreign Quarterly Review (adapted) 


 




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