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Famous Application Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Ondaatje, Michael
...Two birds loved
in a flurry of red feathers
like a burst cottonball,
continuing while I drove over them.
I am a good driver, nothing shocks me....Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...merry damsel, and heaven a knight so true,
And Earth is quite coquettish, and beseemeth in vain to sue.
Now to the application, to the reading of the roll,
To bringing thee to justice, and marshalling thy soul:
Thou art a human solo, a being cold, and lone,
Wilt have no kind companion, thou reap'st what thou hast sown.
Hast never silent hours, and minutes all too long,
And a deal of sad reflection, and wailing instead of song?
There's Sarah, and Eliza, and Emeline so...Read More

by Douglas, Keith

But there are the streets dedicated to sleep
stenches and the sour smells, the sour cries
do not disturb their application to slumber
all day, scattered on the pavement like rags
afflicted with fatalism and hashish. The women
offering their children brown-paper breasts
dry and twisted, elongated like the skull,
Holbein's signature. But his stained white town
is something in accordance with mundane conventions-
Marcelle drops her Gallic airs and tragedy
sudden...Read More

by Berryman, John
...e me sideways looks.
'Chirst,' I thought 'what now?' and would have askt for another
but didn't dare.
I feel my application failing. It's growing dark,
some other sound is overcoming. His last words are:
'We betrayed me.'...Read More

by Donne, John
...unity: prefer
One woman first, and then one thing in her.
I, when I value gold, may think upon
The ductileness, the application,
The wholsomeness, the ingenuity,
From rust, from soil, from fire ever free;
But if I love it, 'tis because 'tis made
By our new nature (Use) the soul of trade.
All these in women we might think upon
(If women had them) and yet love but one.
Can men more injure women than to say
They love them for that by which they're not they?
Makes vir...Read More

by Smart, Christopher> 

Let Malluch rejoice with Methonica Superb Lily. 

Let Jeremiah rejoice with Hemlock, which is good in outward application. 

Let Bilgai rejoice with Tamalapatra Indian Leaf. 

Let Maaziah rejoice with Chick Pease. God be gracious to Harris White 5th of May 1761. 

Let Kelita rejoice with Xiphion the Bulbous Iris. 

Let Pelaiah rejoice with Cloud-Berries. God be gracious to Peele and Ferry. 

Let Azaniah rejoice with the Water Lily. 

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by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...and overhead;-- 
Stark on the floor the luckless clerk lay dead! 

The writer of this legend then records 
Its ghostly application in these words: 
The image is the Adversary old, 
Whose beckoning finger points to realms of gold; 
Our lusts and passions are the downward stair 
That leads the soul from a diviner air; 
The archer, Death; the flaming jewel, Life; 
Terrestrial goods, the goblet and the knife; 
The knights and ladies, all whose flesh and bone 
By avarice have bee...Read More

by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang> Very many of these would 
be absolutely without interest to the English reader,--such as those 
having only a local application, those addressed to individuals, 
and so on. Others again, from their extreme length, could only be 
published in separate volumes. But the impossibility of giving all 
need form no obstacle to giving as much as possible; and it so happens 
that the real interest of Goethe's Poems centres in those classes 
of them which are not too diffus...Read More

by Stevens, Wallace
322 If these rude instances impeach themselves 
323 By force of rudeness, let the principle 
324 Be plain. For application Crispin strove, 
325 Abhorring Turk as Esquimau, the lute 
326 As the marimba, the magnolia as rose. 

327 Upon these premises propounding, he 
328 Projected a colony that should extend 
329 To the dusk of a whistling south below the south. 
330 A comprehensive island hemisphere. 
331 The man in Georgia waking among pines 
33...Read More

by Moore, Marianne
...The illustration
is nothing to you without the application.
You lack half wit. You crush all the particles down
into close conformity, and then walk back and forth on them. 

Sparkling chips of rock
are crushed down to the level of the parent block.
Were not 'impersonal judment in aesthetic
matters, a metaphysical impossibility,' you 

might fairly achieve
it. As for butterflies, I ca...Read More

by Service, Robert William
For I've been wedded twice, you see."

Saint Peter looked at him a while,
And then he answered with a smile:
"Your application I will file.

"Yet twice in double yoke you've driven . . .
Though sinners with our Saints we leaven,
We don't take IMBECILES in heaven."...Read More

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