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Famous Allusions Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
...now desirous to be riding, 
He pack'd-up ev'ry Ode and Ditty 
And in Vacation left the City; 
So rapt with Figures, and Allusions, 
With secret Passions, sweet Confusions; 
With Sentences from Plays well-known, 
And thousand Couplets of his own; 
That ev'n the chalky Road look'd gay, 
And seem'd to him the Milky Way. 
But Fortune, who the Ball is tossing, 
And Poets ever will be crossing, 
Misled the Steed, which ill he guided, 
Where several gloomy Paths divided. 
Th...Read More



by Wilmot, John
...Man, can wish noe more, 
Then soe to write, as none ere writ before. 
Yet why am I noe Poet, of the tymes? 
I have Allusions, Similies and Rhymes, 
And Witt, or else 'tis hard that I alone, 
Of the whole Race of Mankind, shou'd have none. 
Unequally, the Partiall Hand of Heav'n, 
Has all but this one only Blessing giv'n; 
The World appeares like a great Family, 
Whose Lord opprest with Pride, and Poverty, 
(That to a few, great Plenty he may show) 
Is faine to starve...Read More

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