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Famous Apologize Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Berryman, John
He had fine stories and was another man
in private; difficult, always. Courteous,
on the whole, in private.
He apologize to Henry, off & on,
for two blue slanders; which was good of him.
I don't know how he made it.

Quickly, off stage with all but kindness, now.
I can't say what I have in mind. Bless Frost,
any odd god around.
Gentle his shift, I decussate & command,
stoic deity. For a while here we possessed
an unusual man....Read more of this...

by Dickinson, Emily
...d by thy candid Hand
In a moment contraband --
Though to trust us -- seems to us
More respectful -- "We are Dust" --
We apologize to thee
For thine own Duplicity --...Read more of this...

by Dickinson, Emily
...y delay
Can I, therefore, stay away?

If the Coward Bumble Bee
In his chimney corner stay,
I, must resoluter be!
Who'll apologize for me?

Dear, Old fashioned, little flower!
Eden is old fashioned, too!
Birds are antiquated fellows!
Heaven does not change her blue.
Nor will I, the little Heart's Ease --
Ever be induced to do!...Read more of this...

by Nash, Ogden
...n people spend their time and yours apologizing for everything they own.
You go to their house for a meal,
And they apologize because the anchovies aren't caviar or the partridge is veal;
They apologize privately for the crudeness of the other guests,
And they apologize publicly for their wife's housekeeping or their husband's jests;
If they give you a book by Dickens they apologize because it isn't by Scott,
And if they take you to the theater, they apologize for the act...Read more of this...

by Bishop, Elizabeth
One was bright green. Unkindly,
I called you Klorophyll Kid.
My visitors thought it was funny.
I apologize here and now.
You helpless, foolish man,
I love you all I can,
I think. Or I do?
I take off my hat, unpainted
and figurative, to you.
Again I promise to try....Read more of this...

by Aiken, Conrad
...t it, could we exist at all?" 
Thus, rustling with importance, they seem to me 
To make their apology; 
Yet, while they apologize, 
Ask me a wary question with their eyes. 
Yes, it is true their origin is low—
Brutish and dull and cruel . . . and it is true 
Their roots have cracked the wall. But do we know 
The leaves less cruel—the root less beautiful? 
Sometimes it seems as if there grew 
In the dull garden of my mind 
A tree like this, which, singing w...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...I am august; 
I do not trouble my spirit to vindicate itself or be understood; 
I see that the elementary laws never apologize; 
(I reckon I behave no prouder than the level I plant my house by, after all.)

I exist as I am—that is enough; 
If no other in the world be aware, I sit content; 
And if each and all be aware, I sit content. 

One world is aware, and by far the largest to me, and that is myself; 
And whether I come to my own to-day, or in ten thou...Read more of this...

by Dickinson, Emily
..., e'en You had seen
An Eternity -- put on --
Now -- to ring a Door beyond
Is the utmost of Your Hand --
To the Skies -- apologize --
Nearer to Your Courtesies
Than this Sufferer polite --
Dressed to meet You --
See -- in White!...Read more of this...

by Walcott, Derek
After the white man, the niggers didn't want me
when the power swing to their side.
The first chain my hands and apologize, "History";
the next said I wasn't black enough for their pride.
Tell me, what power, on these unknown rocks -
a spray-plane Air Force, the Fire Brigade,
the Red Cross, the Regiment, two, three police dogs
that pass before you finish bawling "Parade!"?
I met History once, but he ain't recognize me,
a parchment Creole, with warts
like an old sea...Read more of this...

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