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Famous Apathetic Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Browning, Robert
...rk thy town, 
Thy tribe, thy crazy tale and thee at once?" 
He merely looked with his large eyes on me. 
The man is apathetic, you deduce? 
Contrariwise, he loves both old and young, 
Able and weak, affects the very brutes 
And birds--how say I? flowers of the field-- 
As a wise workman recognizes tools 
In a master's workshop, loving what they make. 
Thus is the man as harmless as a lamb: 
Only impatient, let him do his best, 
At ignorance and carelessness and sin-- ...Read More



by Lawrence, D. H.
..., biting at her feet,
Running beside her like a dog, biting her earthy, splay feet,
Nipping her ankles,
Which she drags apathetic away, though without retreating into her shell.

Agelessly silent,
And with a grim, reptile determination,
Cold, voiceless age-after-age behind him, serpents' long obstinacy
Of horizontal persistence.

Little old man
Scuffling beside her, bending down, catching his opportunity,
Parting his steel-trap face, so suddenly, and seizing her scaly...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...in a Manor-house, alone, Whose husband 
is in Flanders with the Duke
Of Marlborough and Prince Eugene, she's grown Too apathetic 
even to rebuke
Her idleness. What is she on this Earth? No woman 
surely, since she neither can
Be wed nor single, must not let her mind Build 
thoughts upon a man
Except for hers. Indeed that were no dearth
Were her Lord here, for well she knew his worth,
And when she thought of him her eyes were kind.

IV
Too lately wed to have forgo...Read More

by Auden, Wystan Hugh (W H)
...ewAll that a speech 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 ...Read More

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