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Famous Analysed Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Browning, Robert
...oing out of sight 
In wood or cave to prosecute his loves: 
I read this in a French book t' other day. 
Does law so analysed coerce you much? 
Oh, men spin clouds of fuzz where matters end, 
But you who reach where the first thread begins, 
You'll soon cut that!--which means you can, but won't, 
Through certain instincts, blind, unreasoned-out, 

You dare not set aside, you can't tell why, 
But there they are, and so you let them rule. 
Then, friend, you seem as much...Read More

by Lawson, Henry was Peter, lying peacefully at rest, 
With a bottle close beside him and the shingle on his breast. 
Well, they analysed the liquor, and it would appear that he 
Qualified his drink with something good for setting spirits free. 
Though 'twas plainly self-destruction -- `'twas his own affair,' they said; 
And the jury viewed him sadly, and they found -- that he was dead....Read More

by Jonson, Ben
...ugh he would steal his sisters' Pegasus, And rifle him : or pawn his petasus.                   THE PHOENIX ANALYSED.              Now, after all, let no man                     Receive it for a fable,                     If a bird so amiable             Do turn into a woman.              Or, by our Turtle's augure,                     That nature's fairest creature                     Prove of his mistress' feature         ...Read More

by Auden, Wystan Hugh (W H)
...ech can sayAbout Democracy,And what dictators do,The elderly rubbish they talkTo an apathetic grave;Analysed all in his book,The enlightenment driven away,The habit-forming pain,Mismanagement and grief:We must suffer them all again. Into this neutral airWhere blind skyscrapers useTheir full height to proclaimThe strength of Collective Man,Each language pours its vainCompetitive excuse:But who can live for longRead More

by Wilde, Oscar
...a Naiad shows her head.

Methinks these new Actaeons boast too soon
That they have spied on beauty; what if we
Have analysed the rainbow, robbed the moon
Of her most ancient, chastest mystery,
Shall I, the last Endymion, lose all hope
Because rude eyes peer at my mistress through a telescope!

What profit if this scientific age
Burst through our gates with all its retinue
Of modern miracles! Can it assuage
One lover's breaking heart? what can it do
To make one life more b...Read More

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