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Famous Alerted Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
...the round-mouth’d guns, out of the smoke and smell I love, spit their salutes; 
When the fire-flashing guns have fully alerted me—when heaven-clouds canopy my city with a
 delicate thin haze; 
When, gorgeous, the countless straight stems, the forests at the wharves, thicken with
 colors;

When every ship, richly drest, carries her flag at the peak;
When pennants trail, and street-festoons hang from the windows; 
When Broadway is entirely given up to foot-passengers and foot-...Read More



by Brautigan, Richard
...aby ran down there and tried to make off with one of

his sausages.

 Trout Fishing in America Shorty was instantly alerted,

then he saw it was a baby and relaxed. He tried to coax her

to come over and sit on his legless lap. She hid behind his

wheelchair, staring past the metal at him, one of her hands

holding onto a wheel.

 "Come here, kid, " he said. "Come over and see old Trout

Fishing in America Shorty. "

 Just then the Benjamin Franklin st...Read More

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