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Famous Apology Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...THE FRIEND whom, wild from Wisdom’s way,
 The fumes of wine infuriate send,
(Not moony madness more astray)
 Who but deplores that hapless friend?

Mine was th’ insensate frenzied part,
 Ah! why should I such scenes outlive?
Scenes so abhorrent to my heart!—
 ’Tis thine to pity and forgive....Read More

by Killigrew, Anne
Good Melibæus us doth entertain
With Lays Divine: if you'll his Hearers be, 
Take streight your Seats without Apology. 

 Alci. Paying short thanks, at fair Amiras feet, 
I'le lay me down: let her choose where 'tis meet. 
 Al. Shepherd, behold, we all attentive sit. 
 Meli. What shall I sing ? what shall my Muse reherse ? 
Love is a Theme well sutes a Past'ral Verse, 
That gen'ral Error, Universal Ill, 
That Darling of our Weakness and our Wi...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...I am a stout materialist;
With abstract terms I can't agree,
And so I've made a little list
Of words that don't make sense to me.
To fool my reason I refuse,
For honest thinking is my goal;
And that is why I rarely use
 Vague words like Soul.

In terms of matter I am sure
This world of our can be defined;
And so with theories obscure
I will not mys...Read More

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
...Tis true of courage I'm no mistress
No Boadicia nor Thalestriss
Nor shall I e'er be famed hereafter
For such a Soul as Cato's Daughter
Nor active valour nor enduring 
Nor leading troops nor forts securing
Like Teckley's wife or Pucell valiant
Will e'er be reckonded for my talent
Who all things fear whilst day is shining
And my own shadow light declining 
A...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...Be not angry with me that I bear
Your colours everywhere,
All through each crowded street,
And meet
The wonder-light in every eye,
As I go by.
Each plodding wayfarer looks up to gaze,
Blinded by rainbow haze,
The stuff of happiness,
No less,
Which wraps me in its glad-hued folds
Of peacock golds.
Before my feet the dusty, rough-paved way
Flushes be...Read More

by Kilmer, Joyce
...(For Eleanor Rogers Cox)

For blows on the fort of evil
That never shows a breach,
For terrible life-long races
To a goal no foot can reach,
For reckless leaps into darkness
With hands outstretched to a star,
There is jubilation in Heaven
Where the great dead poets are.
There is joy over disappointment
And delight in hopes that were vain.
Each poet...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...Apology for Her
Be rendered by the Bee --
Herself, without a Parliament
Apology for Me....Read More

by Browning, Robert
...NO more wine? then we'll push back chairs and talk. 
A final glass for me, though: cool, i' faith! 
We ought to have our Abbey back, you see. 
It's different, preaching in basilicas, 
And doing duty in some masterpiece 
Like this of brother Pugin's, bless his heart! 
I doubt if they're half baked, those chalk rosettes, 
Ciphers and stucco-twiddling...Read More

by Ransom, John Crowe

The rogue in scarlet and grey soon knew his mind. 
He wished to get his trophy and depart 
With gentle apology and touch refined 
He pierced him and produced the Captain's heart. 

God's mercy rest on Captain Carpenter now (a, 
I thought him Sirs an honest gentleman 
Citizen husband soldier and scholar enow 
Let jangling kites eat of him if they can. 

But God's deep curses follow after those 
That shore him of his goodly nose and ears 
His legs and s...Read More

by Smart, Christopher
...gue can I say more 
Than lazy dogs have done before; 
Such stuff is naught but mere tautology, 
And so take that for my apology. 

First then for custards, my dear Mary, 
The produce of your dainty dairy, 
For stew'd, for bak'd, for boil'd, for roast, 
And all the teas and all the toast; 
With thankful tongue and bowing attitude, 
I here present you with my gratitude: 
Next for you apples, pears, and plums 
Acknowledgment in order comes; 
For wine, for ale, for fowl, for ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...mours had said, 
Except the passage that he loved her not; 
Nor left untold the craft herself had used; 
But ended with apology so sweet, 
Low-spoken, and of so few words, and seemed 
So justified by that necessity, 
That though he thought 'was it for him she wept 
In Devon?' he but gave a wrathful groan, 
Saying, 'Your sweet faces make good fellows fools 
And traitors. Call the host and bid him bring 
Charger and palfrey.' So she glided out 
Among the heavy breathing...Read More

by Corso, Gregory
...our friend
 what you once were, thru me
 you'll be again--
Then at night in the confidence of their homes
rip out their apology-tongues
 and steal their poems....Read More

by Nash, Ogden
...ver 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 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 ...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...y --
The Snow and he are intimate --
I've often seem them play
When Heaven looked upon us all
With such severity
I felt apology were due
To an insulted sky
Whose pompous frown was Nutriment
To their Temerity --
The Pillow of this daring Head
Is pungent Evergreens --
His Larder -- terse and Militant --
Unknown -- refreshing things --
His Character -- a Tonic --
His future -- a Dispute --
Unfair an Immortality
That leaves this Neighbor out --...Read More

by Milton, John
...wny smiled, 
New gathered, and ambrosial smell diffused. 
To him she hasted; in her face excuse 
Came prologue, and apology too prompt; 
Which, with bland words at will, she thus addressed. 
Hast thou not wondered, Adam, at my stay? 
Thee I have missed, and thought it long, deprived 
Thy presence; agony of love till now 
Not felt, nor shall be twice; for never more 
Mean I to try, what rash untried I sought, 
The pain of absence from thy sight. But strange 
Hath b...Read More

by Aiken, Conrad> . 
And yet, without 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 l...Read More

by Emerson, Ralph Waldo
...Think me not unkind and rude,
That I walk alone in grove and glen;
I go to the god of the wood
To fetch his word to men.

Tax not my sloth that I
Fold my arms beside the brook;
Each cloud that floated in the sky
Writes a letter in my book.

Chide me not, laborious band,
For the idle flowers I brought;
Every aster in my hand
Goes home loaded with a ...Read More

by Morris, William
...Of Heaven or Hell I have no power to sing,
I cannot ease the burden of your fears,
Or make quick-coming death a little thing,
Or bring again the pleasure of past years,
Nor for my words shall ye forget your tears,
Or hope again for aught that I can say,
The idle singer of an empty day.

But rather, when aweary of your mirth,
From full hearts still unsa...Read More

by Hicok, Bob my finger or the nurse 
laughed. She apologized 
three times and gave me a shot 
of something that was a lusher 
apology. The person 
who drove me home 
said my smile was a smeared 
totem that followed 
his body that night as it arced 
over a cliff in a dream.
He's always flying 
in his dreams and lands 
on cruise ships or hovers 
over Atlanta with an ********.
He put me to bed and the drugs
wore off and I woke 
to cannibals at my extremities. 
I woke w...Read More

by Lehman, David
dry as the Martini he is sipping.

They fight all the time
It's fun
What do I owe you?
Let's start with an apology
Ok, I'm sorry, you dickhead.
A sign is held up saying "Laughter."
It's a silent picture.
"I've been fucked without a kiss," she says,
"and you can quote me on that,"
which sounds great in an English accent.

One year they broke up seven times and threatened to do it
 another nine times.

When a woman loves a man, she wants him to ...Read More

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