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Famous Alarming Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...vely as yonder sweet opening flower is,
 Shrinking from the gaze of day,
 But did you see, &c.


 O then, the heart alarming,
 And all resistless charming,
In Love’s delightful fetters she chains the willing soul!
 Ambition would disown
 The world’s imperial crown,
 Ev’n Avarice would deny,
 His worshipp’d deity,
And feel thro’ every vein Love’s raptures roll....Read More



by Burns, Robert
...ie,
 In grace and beauty charming,
That e’en thy chosen lassie,
 Erewhile thy breast sae warming,
 Had ne’er sic powers alarming;
 O that’s the lassie, &c.


If thou hadst heard her talking,
 And thy attention’s plighted,
That ilka body talking,
 But her, by thee is slighted,
 And thou art all delighted;
 O that’s the lassie, &c.


If thou hast met this Fair One,
 When frae her thou hast parted,
If every other Fair One
 But her, thou hast deserted,
 And thou art broke...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...'Twas in the year of 1888, and on July the 14th day,
That an alarming accident occurred in the River Tay.
Which resulted in the sinking of the Tay Ferries' Steamer "Dundee,"
Which was a most painful and sickening sight to see. 

The Steamer was engaged by the Independent Order of Rechabites,
And all were resolved to see some rural sights;
And the place they selected was the village of Newburgh;
While each hear...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...at joy and pride, 
With all the perils, were yours!)

Nor you drummers—neither at reveille, at dawn, 
Nor the long roll alarming the camp—nor even the muffled beat for a burial; 
Nothing from you, this time, O drummers, bearing my warlike drums. 

But aside from these, and the marts of wealth, and the crowded promenade, 
Admitting around me comrades close, unseen by the rest, and voiceless,
The slain elate and alive again—the dust and debris alive, 
I chant this chant of ...Read More

by Taylor, Edward
...ehicle as I was 
walking my dear old collie,
Sithney, by the side of the road, 
and the motorist came to a halt 
mildly alarming both Sithney and myself, 
not yet accustomed to automobiles, 
and this particular motorist 
sent a little spasm of fright up our spines, 
which in turn panicked the driver a bit 
and it seemed as if we were off to a bad start, 
and that's when Sithney began to bark 
and the man could not be heard, that is, 
if he was speaking or trying to speak 
bec...Read More



by Tate, James
...ehicle as I was 
walking my dear old collie,
Sithney, by the side of the road, 
and the motorist came to a halt 
mildly alarming both Sithney and myself, 
not yet accustomed to automobiles, 
and this particular motorist 
sent a little spasm of fright up our spines, 
which in turn panicked the driver a bit 
and it seemed as if we were off to a bad start, 
and that's when Sithney began to bark 
and the man could not be heard, that is, 
if he was speaking or trying to speak 
bec...Read More

by Parker, Dorothy
...nd seen and thrown aside.
Drill your apt and docile measures
Sternly as you drill your pride.

Show your quick, alarming skill in
Tidy mockeries of art;
Never, never dip your quill in
Ink that rushes from your heart.

When your pain must come to paper,
See it dust, before the day;
Let your night-light curl and caper,
Let it lick the words away.

Never print, poor child, a lay on
Love and tears and anguishing,
Lest a cooled, benignant Phaon
Murmur, "Silly littl...Read More

by Trumbull, John
...s more regular, twice a day;
As folks exact have dinners got,
Whether they've appetites or not?
Was there a zealot more alarming
'Gainst public vice to hold forth sermon,
Or fix'd at church, whose inward motion
Roll'd up his eyes with more devotion?
What puritan could ever pray
In godlier tone, than Treasurer Gray,
Or at town-meetings speechifying,
Could utter more melodious whine,
And shut his eyes, and vent his moan,
Like owl afflicted in the sun;
Who once sent home, his ca...Read More

by Trumbull, John
...ok their part;
(Whether 'twere Pallas, Mars or Iris,
'Tis scarce worth while to make inquiries)
Who at the nick of time alarming,
Assumed the solemn form of Chairman,
Address'd a Whig, in every scene
The stoutest wrestler on the green,
And pointed where the spade was found,
Late used to set their pole in ground,
And urged, with equal arms and might,
To dare our 'Squire to single fight.
The Whig thus arm'd, untaught to yield,
Advanced tremendous to the field:
Nor did M'Fin...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...rgo,
Bound for Queenstown and Liverpool also;
And all went well until Wednesday evening the 10th,
When in an instant an alarming fire was discovered at length. 

And most of the passengers had gone to their berths for the night,
But when the big bell rang out, oh! what a pitiful sight;
To see mothers and their children crying, was most heartrending to behold,
As the blinding smoke began to ascend from the main hold. 

And the smoke before long drifted down below,
Whic...Read More

by Wylie, Elinor
...itten that covers up its claws 
To sleep and sleep and sleep.

Like a little blue pigeon you shall bow 
Your bright alarming crest; 
In the crook of my arm you'll lay your brow 
To rest and rest and rest.

Will he never come back from Barnegat 
With thunder in his eyes, 
Treading as soft as a tiger cat, 
To tell me terrible lies?...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...Pay the bill.

Time has got a little bill -- get wise while yet you may,
For the debit side's increasing in a most alarming way;
The things you had no right to do, the things you should have done,
They're all put down; it's up to you to pay for every one.
So eat, drink and be merry, have a good time if you will,
But God help you when the time comes, and you

 Foot the bill....Read More

by Freneau, Philip
...ne
Who follows Venus round the sun.

At Mars arriv'd, what would you see!--
Strange forms, I guess--not such as we;
Alarming shapes, yet seen by none;
For every planet has its own.

If onward still, you urge your flight
You may approach some satellite,
Some of the shining train above
That circle round the orb of Jove.

Attracted by so huge a sphere
You might become a stranger here:
There you might be, if there you fly,
A giant sixty fathoms high.

May heaven p...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...eeping, loving,
No law less than ourselves owning—sailing, soldiering, thieving, threatening, 
Misers, menials, priests alarming—air breathing, water drinking, on the turf or the
 sea-beach
 dancing, 
Cities wrenching, ease scorning, statutes mocking, feebleness chasing, 
Fulfilling our foray....Read More

by Austen, Jane
...company came and the Weather was charming
The Lords and the Ladies were satine'd and ermined
And nobody saw any future alarming.-- 

But when the old Saint was informed of these doings
He made but one Spring from his Shrine to the Roof
Of the Palace which now lies so sadly in ruins
And then he addressed them all standing aloof. 

'Oh! subjects rebellious! Oh Venta depraved
When once we are buried you think we are gone
But behold me immortal! By vice you're enslaved
Y...Read More

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