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Famous Authoritative Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Larkin, Philip
...The trumpet's voice, loud and authoritative,
Draws me a moment to the lighted glass
To watch the dancers - all under twenty-five -
Solemnly on the beat of happiness.

- Or so I fancy, sensing the smoke and sweat,
The wonderful feel of girls. Why be out there ?
But then, why be in there? Sex, yes, but what
Is sex ? Surely to think the lion's share 
Of happiness is found by couples...Read more of this...

by Lehman, David
...o wake up with a kiss (who is she?
no one knows) who begs your forgiveness (for what?
you cannot know) and then, in the authoritative tone
of one who has weathered the storm of his exile, orders you
to put up your hands and beg the rain to continue
as if it were in your power. And it is,
I feel it with each drop. I am standing
outside at the window, looking in on myself
writing these words, feeling what wretches feel, just
as the doctor ordered. And that's what I ...Read more of this...

by Chaucer, Geoffrey

Experience, though none authority* *authoritative texts
Were in this world, is right enough for me
To speak of woe that is in marriage:
For, lordings, since I twelve year was of age,
(Thanked be God that *is etern on live),* *lives eternally*
Husbands at the church door have I had five,2
For I so often have y-wedded be,
And all were worthy men in their degree.
But me was told, not longe ti...Read more of this...

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...ed he was blessed. 
Out of all ancient men my childhood knew 
I choose him and I mark him for the best. 
Of all authoritative liars, too, 
I crown him loveliest.

How fondly I remember the delight 
That always glorified him in the spring; 
The glorious profusion and the benedight 
Profusion of his faith in everything! 
He was a good old man, and it was right 
That he should have his fling.

And often, underneath the apple trees, 
When we suprised him in the su...Read more of this...

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