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Famous Apologies Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Tebb, Barry off foreign land.

Sorry James Kirkup, your Andorran niche

Is just too complicated for me to ever reach.

Apologies especially to Emily Bronte’s ghost -

You are the mostest hostess that I could ever boast

Your heather moor and cobbled street’s allure

Are something I’ve put off until the braw New Year....Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...arken such a faith in her as his,
Though he will have it that I had the worst 
Of her defection, and will hear no more 
Apologies. If it had to be for someone, 
I think it well for me it was for Asher. 
I dwell on him, meaning that you may know him
Before your last horn blows. He has a name 
That’s like a tree, and therefore like himself— 
By which I mean you find him where you leave him. 
I saw him and The Admiral together 
While I was in the dark, but they w...Read More

by Levy, Amy
...With Apologies to Mr. Swinburne.

For repose I have sighed and have struggled ; have sigh'd and have struggled in vain;
I am held in the Circle of Being and caught in the Circle of Pain.
I was wan and weary with life ; my sick soul yearned for death;
I was weary of women and war and the sea and the wind's wild breath;
I cull'd sweet poppies and crush...Read More

by Nash, Ogden that ought to be taught in all the colleges,
Which is that people ought to be taught not to go around always making apologies.
I don't mean the kind of apologies people make when they run over you or borrow five dollars or step on your feet,
Because I think that is sort of sweet;
No, I object to one kind of apology alone,
Which is when people spend their time and yours apologizing for everything they own.
You go to their house for a meal,
And they apologize becaus...Read More

by Butler, Ellis Parker
...(with apologies to Frederic Taber Cooper)

I well recall (and who does not)
The circus bill-board hippopotamus,
whose wide distended jaws
For fear and terror were good cause.

That month, that vasty carmine cave,
Could munch with ease a Nubian slave;
In fact, the bill-board hippopot-
amus could bolt a house and lot!

Wide opened, that tremendous mouth
Obscured...Read More

by Khayyam, Omar
...d a drinking-bout
With an ill-tempered, ill-conditioned lout;
He'll make a vile disturbance all night long,
And vile apologies next day, no doubt....Read More

by Service, Robert William
...(With apologies to the singer of the "Song of the Banjo".)

I'm a homely little bit of tin and bone;
 I'm beloved by the Legion of the Lost;
I haven't got a "vox humana" tone,
 And a dime or two will satisfy my cost.
I don't attempt your high-falutin' flights;
 I am more or less uncertain on the key;
But I tell you, boys, there's lots and lots of nights
 ...Read More

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