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Famous Arrangements Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Kipling, Rudyard>
 I shall need a "special" break --
Thing I never took before --
 Get me one for old sake's sake.

After that -- arrangements make.
 No hotel will take me in,
And a bullock's back would break
 'Neath the teak and leaden skin
Tonga ropes are frail and thin,
 Or, did I a back-seat take,
In a tonga I might spin, --
 Do your best for old sake's sake.

After that -- your work is done.
 Recollect a Padre must
Mourn the dear departed one --
 Throw the ashes and th...Read more of this...

by McGonagall, William Topaz they disrespect me,
Which makes me feel rather discontent.
Therefore to leave them I am bent;
And I will make my arrangements without delay,
And leave Dundee some early day....Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...our own fruit in yourself there? 
Will you squat and stifle there? 

The earth does not argue, 
Is not pathetic, has no arrangements, 
Does not scream, haste, persuade, threaten, promise,
Makes no discriminations, has no conceivable failures, 
Closes nothing, refuses nothing, shuts none out, 
Of all the powers, objects, states, it notifies, shuts none out. 

The earth does not exhibit itself, nor refuse to exhibit itself—possesses still
Underneath the oste...Read more of this...

by Sexton, Anne
...orian skirts
of my two maiden aunts
who kept an antique shop.

Hornets have been sent.
They cluster like floral arrangements on the screen.
Hornets, dragging their thin stingers,
hover outside, all knowing,
hissing: the hornet knows.
I heard it as a child
but what was it that he meant?
The hornet knows!
What happened to Jack and Doc and Reggy?
Who remembers what lurks in the heart of man?
What did The Green Hornet mean, he knows?
Or have I got it wrong?
Is it ...Read more of this...

by Nemerov, Howard
...ou will remember, with a smile
Instructed by movies to reminisce, 
How strict her corsets must have been, 
How the huge arrangements of her hair
Would certainly betray the least 
Impassionate displacement there.
It was no rig for dallying, 
And maybe only marriage could 
Derange that queenly scaffolding -
As when a great ship, coming home, 
Coasts in the harbor, dropping sail
And loosing all the tackle that had laced
Her in the long lanes... 
I know 
We need n...Read more of this...

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...owder, he'd loosen the granite-bound face,
So he selected, as he thought, a most suitable place. 

And when all his arrangements had been made,
He was lowered down by a miner that felt a little afraid,
But most fortunately Jenny Carrister came up at the time,
Just as Jack Allingford was lowered into the mine. 

Then she asked the man at the windlass if he'd had any luck,
But he picked up a piece of candle and then a match he struck;
Then Jenny asked the miner, What is...Read more of this...

by Graham, Jorie it 
they cast for? The poplars, 
advancing or retreating, 
lose their stature 
equally, and yet stand firm, 
making arrangements 
in order to become 
imaginary. The city 
draws the mind in streets, 
and streets compel it 
from their intersections 
where a little 
belongs to no one. It is 
what is driven through 
all stationary portions 
of the world, gravity's 
stake in things, the leaves, 
pressed against the dank 
window of November 
soil, remain unwelcome 
till...Read more of this...

by Dunn, Stephen
...l it had an order
and a deceptive period at the end. That's what
I always do in the face of helplessness,
make some arrangements if I can.

Praise the odd, serendipitous world.
Nothing I'd be inclined to think of
would have stopped that dog.
Only the facts saved her....Read more of this...

by Sexton, Anne
with capsules in my palms each night,
eight at a time from sweet pharmaceutical bottles
I make arrangements for a pint-sized journey.
I'm the queen of this condition.
I'm an expert on making the trip
and now they say I'm an addict.
Now they ask why.

Don't they know that I promised to die!
I'm keeping in practice.
I'm merely staying in shape.
The pills are a mother, but better,
every color and as good as sour balls.
I'...Read more of this...

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...manded that the Prince should be carefully guarded,
And if they were victorious each man would be rewarded. 

These arrangements being made, the Prince rode away,
And as he rode past the ranks, his spirits felt gay;
Then he ordered the men to refresh themselves without delay,
And prepare to meet the enemy in the coming deadly fray. 

Then contentedly the men seated themselves upon the grass,
And ate and drank to their hearts content, until an hour did pass;
Meanwhile ...Read more of this...

by McGonagall, William Topaz rainy night;
And each man prepared to burnish his arms for the coming fight. 

Then the morning passed in mutual arrangements for battle,
And the French guns, at half-past eleven, loudly did rattle;
And immediately the order for attack was given,
Then the bullets flew like lightning till the Heaven's seemed riven. 

The place from which Bonaparte viewed the bloody field
Was the farmhouse of La Belle Alliance, which some protection did yield;
And there he remained f...Read more of this...

by Graham, Jorie
...It has a hole in it. Not only where I


The river still ribboning, twisting up, 

 into its re-

arrangements, chill enlightenments, tight-knotted


and loosenings--whispered messages dissolving

 the messengers--

the river still glinting-up into its handfuls, heapings.


forgettings under the river of

my attention--

and the river of my attention laying itself down--


reassembling--over the quick leaving-offs and w...Read more of this...

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