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Famous Artisan Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...c’s bays.

“To lower orders are assign’d
The humbler ranks of human-kind,
The rustic bard, the lab’ring hind,
 The artisan;
All choose, as various they’re inclin’d,
 The various man.

“When yellow waves the heavy grain,
The threat’ning storm some strongly rein;
Some teach to meliorate the plain
 With tillage-skill;
And some instruct the shepherd-train,
 Blythe o’er the hill.

“Some hint the lover’s harmless wile;
Some grace the maiden’s artless smile;
Some soot...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...Dew -- is the Freshet in the Grass --
'Tis many a tiny Mill
Turns unperceived beneath our feet
And Artisan lies still --

We spy the Forests and the Hills
The Tents to Nature's Show
Mistake the Outside for the in
And mention what we saw.

Could Commentators on the Sign
Of Nature's Caravan
Obtain "Admission" as a Child
Some Wednesday Afternoon....Read More

by Ingelow, Jean
...rift comes by.
O marvellous credulity of man!
  If God indeed kept secret, couldst thou know
Or follow up the mighty Artisan
      Unless He willed it so?
And canst thou of the Maker think in sooth
  That of the Made He shall be found at fault,
And dream of wresting from Him hidden truth
      By force or by assault?
But if He keeps not secret—if thine eyes
  He openeth to His wondrous work of late—
Think how in soberness thy wisdom lies,
      And have the grace ...Read More

by Lanier, Sidney
...hence the glittering stream of all morrows doth roll,
Cry good and past-good and most heavenly morrow, lord Sun.

O Artisan born in the purple, -- Workman Heat, --
Parter of passionate atoms that travail to meet
And be mixed in the death-cold oneness, -- innermost Guest
At the marriage of elements, -- fellow of publicans, -- blest
King in the blouse of flame, that loiterest o'er
The idle skies yet laborest fast evermore, --
Thou, in the fine forge-thunder, thou, in the be...Read More

by Belloc, Hilaire
Himself. It struck him dead: And serve him right!
It is the business of the wealthy man
To give employment to the artisan....Read More

by Service, Robert William
...much amused
By those who've put me on the spot,
And measured me by rules above
Those I observe with equal love.

An artisan of verse am I,
Of simple sense and humble tone;
My Thesaurus is handy by,
A rhyming lexicon I own;
Without them I am ill at ease -
What bards would use such aids as these?

Bad poets make good verse, they say;
The Great have not distained to woo
The modest muse of every day;
Read Longfellow and Byron through,
The fabric test - much verse you'll see
C...Read More

by Khayyam, Omar
...What though 'tis fair to view, this form of man,
I know not why the heavenly Artisan
Hath set these tulip cheeks and cypress forms
To deck the mournful halls of earth's divan....Read More

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