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Famous Allowance Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Wilmot, John
...hey kill for food,
Man undoes man, to do himself no good.
With teeth and claws, by nature armed, they hunt
Nature's allowance, to supply their want.
But man, with smiles, embraces. friendships. Praise,
Inhumanely his fellow's life betrays;
With voluntary pains works his distress,
Not through necessity, but wantonness.
For hunger or for love they bite, or tear,
Whilst wretched man is still in arms for fear.
For fear he arms, and is of arms afraid:
From ...Read More

by Milton, John
...> Due west it rises from this shrubby point.
 LADY. To find out that, good shepherd, I suppose,
In such a scant allowance of star-light,
Would overtask the best land-pilot's art,
Without the sure guess of well-practised feet.
 COMUS. I know each lane, and every alley green,
Dingle, or bushy dell, of this wild wood,
And every bosky bourn from side to side,
My daily walks and ancient neighbourhood;
And, if your stray attendance be yet lodged,
Or shroud within th...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
 bearded, tan-faced, handsome; 
They and his daughters loved him—all who saw him loved him; 
They did not love him by allowance—they loved him with personal love;
He drank water only—the blood show’d like scarlet through the clear-brown skin of his
He was a frequent gunner and fisher—he sail’d his boat himself—he had a fine one
 presented to him by a ship-joiner—he had fowling-pieces, presented to him by men that
 loved him; 
When he went with his five sons and many...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; 
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
But make allowance for their doubting too: 
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, 
Or being hated don't give way to hating, 
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; 

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; 
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim, 
If you can meet with Triumph an...Read More

by Emerson, Ralph Waldo
...any a thousand years.

Ah! welcome, if thou bring
My secret in thy brain;
To mountain-top may muse's wing
With good allowance strain.
Gentle pilgrim, if thou know
The gamut old of Pan,
And how the hills began,
The frank blessings of the hill
Fall on thee, as fall they will.
'Tis the law of bush and stone—
Each can only take his own.
Let him heed who can and will,—
Enchantment fixed me here
To stand the hurts of time, until
In mightier chant I disappear.
If...Read More

by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
...and to testify to its own character. Whether 
viewed with a charitable eye by the kindly reader, who will make 
due allowance for the difficulties attending its execution, or received 
by the critic, who will judge of it only by its own merits, with 
the unfriendly welcome which it very probably deserves, I trust 
that I shall at least be pardoned for making an attempt, a failure 
in which does not necessarily imply disgrace, and which, by leading 
the way, may perhaps be...Read More

by Milton, John offence,
But that on th' other side if it be weigh'd
By it self, with aggravations not surcharg'd,
Or else with just allowance counterpois'd 
I may, if possible, thy pardon find
The easier towards me, or thy hatred less.
First granting, as I do, it was a weakness
In me, but incident to all our sex,
Curiosity, inquisitive, importune
Of secrets, then with like infirmity
To publish them, both common female faults:
Was it not weakness also to make known
For importunity, th...Read More

by Wilmot, John
...Kill for Food, 
Man, undoes Man, to do himself no good. 
With Teeth, and Claws, by Nature arm'd they hunt, 
Natures allowance, to supply their want. 
But Man, with smiles, embraces, Friendships, praise, 
Unhumanely his Fellows life betrays; 
With voluntary pains, works his distress, 
Not through necessity, but wantonness. 
For hunger, or for Love, they fight, or tear, 
Whilst wretched Man, is still in Arms for fear; 
For fear he armes, and is of Armes afraid, 
By ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
..., knew him less;
Fought with what seem'd my own uncharity;
Sat at his table; drank his costly wines;
Made more and more allowance for his talk;
Went further, fool! and trusted him with all,
All my poor scrapings from a dozen years
Of dust and deskwork: there is no such mine,
None; but a gulf of ruin, swallowing gold,
Not making. Ruin'd! ruin'd! the sea roars
Ruin: a fearful night!' 

`Not fearful; fair,'
Said the good wife, `if every star in heaven
Can make it fair: you d...Read More

by Frost, Robert
She does look like you. Stay the way you are. 
The nose is just the same, and so's the chin-- 
Making allowance, making due allowance." 
"You poor, dear, great, great, great, great Granny!" 
"See that you get her greatness right. Don't stint her." 
"Yes, it's important, though you think it isn't. 
I won't be teased. But see how wet I am." 
"Yes, you must go; we can't stay here for ever. 
But wait until I give you a hand up. 
A...Read More

by Gluck, Louise
...eep there
to be near my father.
He was dying; he got a special bed.

My aunt doesn't give an inch, doesn't make
allowance for my mother's weariness.
It's how they were raised: you show respect by fighting.
To let up insults the opponent.

Each player has one pile to the left, five cards in the hand.
It's good to stay inside on days like this,
to stay where it's cool.
And this is better than other games, better than solitaire.

My grandmother th...Read More

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