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Famous Assumptions Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Larkin, Philip
...he was he should be added to!
Why did he think adding meant increase?
To me it was dilution. Where do these
Innate assumptions come from? Not from what
We think truest, or most want to do:
Those warp tight-shut, like doors. They're more a style
Our lives bring with them: habit for a while,
Suddenly they harden into all we've got

And how we got it; looked back on, they rear
Like sand-clouds, thick and close, embodying
For Dockery a son, for me nothing,
Nothing with a...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...of my past life, 
Or may-be a stranger is reading this who has secretly loved me, 
Or may-be one who meets all my grand assumptions and egotisms with derision, 
Or may-be one who is puzzled at me.

As if I were not puzzled at myself! 
Or as if I never deride myself! (O conscience-struck! O self-convicted!) 
Or as if I do not secretly love strangers! (O tenderly, a long time, and never avow it;) 
Or as if I did not see, perfectly well, interior in myself, the stuff of wron...Read More

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