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Famous Average Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
...! O women! 
O fathers! O you men of passion and the storm! 
O native power only! O beauty! 
O yourself! O God! O divine average! 
O you bearded roughs! O bards! O all those slumberers!
O arouse! the dawn bird’s throat sounds shrill! Do you not hear the cock crowing? 
O, as I walk’d the beach, I heard the mournful notes foreboding a tempest—the
 oft-repeated shriek of the diver, the long-lived loon; 
O I heard, and yet hear, angry thunder;—O you sailors! O ships! make qu...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...for realities—all is as it should be. 

Then my realities; 
What else is so real as mine? 
Libertad, and the divine average—Freedom to every slave on the face of the earth,
The rapt promises and luminé of seers—the spiritual world—these centuries
 lasting songs, 
And our visions, the visions of poets, the most solid announcements of any. 

For we support all, fuse all, 
After the rest is done and gone, we remain; 
There is no final reliance but upon us;
Democracy rest...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...n he came. 
I was a boy at school, sixteen years old, 
And on my way, in all appearances, 
To mark an even-tempered average
Among the major mediocrities 
Who serve and earn with no especial noise 
Or vast reward. I saw myself, even then, 
A light for no high shining; and I feared 
No boy or man—having, in truth, no cause.
I was enough a leader to be free, 
And not enough a hero to be jealous. 
Having eyes and ears, I knew that I was envied, 
And as a proper so...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
I see it, and was told of it, moreover,
By our discriminate friend himself, no other.
Had you been one of the sad average,
As he would have it, -- meaning, as I take it,
The sinew and the solvent of our Island,
You'd not be buying beer for this Terpander's
Approved and estimated friend Ben Jonson;
He'd never foist it as a part of his
Contingent entertainment of a townsman
While he goes off rehearsing, as he must,
If he shall ever be the Duke of Stratford.
And my wor...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...n if you can, 
You're welcome, nay, you're wise. 

A simile! 
We mortals cross the ocean of this world 
Each in his average cabin of a life; 
The best's not big, the worst yields elbow-room. 
Now for our six months' voyage--how prepare? 
You come on shipboard with a landsman's list 
Of things he calls convenient: so they are! 
An India screen is pretty furniture, 
A piano-forte is a fine resource, 
All Balzac's novels occupy one shelf, 
The new edition fifty volumes l...Read More

by Nemerov, Howard
May differ among themselves more than they do
From other species, so you have to find,
All blandly says the book, "an average leaf."

Example, the catalpa in the book
Sprays out its leaves in whorls of three
Around the stem; the one in front of you
But rarely does, or somewhat, or almost;

Maybe it's not catalpa? Dreadful doubt.
It may be weeks before you see an elm
Fanlike in form, a spruce that pyramids,
A sweetgum spiring up in steeple shape.

Still, pedetemt...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard
...Trout Lost 7

September 19, 1891 Trout Lost 5

September 23, 1891 Trout Lost 3

Total Trips 22 Total Trout Lost 239

Average Number of Trout Lost Each Trip 10.8

 I turned to the third page and it was just like the preced-

ing page except the year was 1892 and Alonso Hagen went on

24 trips and lost 317 trout for an average of 13. 2 trout lost

each trip.

 The next page was 1893 and the totals were 33 trips and

480 trout lost for an average of 14. 5 tr...Read More

by Auden, Wystan Hugh (W H)
...the mirror they stare,Imperialism's faceAnd the international wrong. Faces along the barCling to their average day:The lights must never go out,The music must always play,All the conventions conspireTo make this fort assumeThe furniture of home;Lest we should see where we are,Lost in a haunted wood,Children afraid of the nightWho have never been happy or good. The windiest militant trashImportant Persons shoutIs...Read More

by Duhamel, Denise
doodled through her teenage years—"Snow + ?" in Magic
Markered hearts all over her notebooks. She was an average
student, a daydreamer who might have been a scholar
if she'd only applied herself. She liked sappy music
and romance novels. She liked pies and cake
instead of fruit.
 The Queen remained the fairest in the land.
It was hard on Snow, having such a glamorous mom.
She rebelled by wearing torn shawls and baggy gowns.
Her mother wo...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...PLENDOR of ended day, floating and filling me! 
Hour prophetic—hour resuming the past! 
Inflating my throat—you, divine average! 
You, Earth and Life, till the last ray gleams, I sing. 

Open mouth of my Soul, uttering gladness,
Eyes of my Soul, seeing perfection, 
Natural life of me, faithfully praising things; 
Corroborating forever the triumph of things. 

Illustrious every one! 
Illustrious what we name space—sphere of unnumber’d spirits;
Illustrious the mystery o...Read More

by Whitman, Walt create only, or found only, 
But to bring, perhaps from afar, what is already founded, 
To give it our own identity, average, limitless, free; 
To fill the gross, the torpid bulk with vital religious fire; 
Not to repel or destroy, so much as accept, fuse, rehabilitate;
To obey, as well as command—to follow, more than to lead; 
These also are the lessons of our New World; 
—While how little the New, after all—how much the Old, Old World! 

Long, long, long, has the grass b...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...minating Man—to you, the Empire New, 
You, promis’d long, we pledge, we dedicate. 

You occult, deep volitions,
You average Spiritual Manhood, purpose of all, pois’d on yourself—giving, not taking
You Womanhood divine, mistress and source of all, whence life and love, and aught that
 from life and love, 
You unseen Moral Essence of all the vast materials of America, (age upon age,
 in Death the same as Life,) 
You that, sometimes known, oftener unkn...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
After what they have done to me, suggesting themes. 

O such themes! Equalities! 
O amazement of things! O divine average!
O warblings under the sun—usher’d, as now, or at noon, or setting! 
O strain, musical, flowing through ages—now reaching hither! 
I take to your reckless and composite chords—I add to them, and cheerfully
 pass them forward. 

12As I have walk’d in Alabama my morning walk, 
I have seen where the she-bird, the mocking-bird, sat on her nest in the...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...ish mail comes in.

You'll find us up and waiting
 To treat you at the bar;
You'll find us less exclusive
 Than the average English are.
We'll meet you with a carriage,
 Too glad to show you round,
But -- we do not lunch on steamers,
 For they are English ground.

We sail o' nights to England
 And join our smiling Boards --
Our wives go in with Viscounts
 And our daughters dance with Lords,
But behind our princely doings,
 And behind each coup we make,
We feel the...Read More

by Frost, Robert
...didn't know. But James is one big fool. 
He thought you meant to find fault with his work. 
That's what the average farmer would have meant. 
James would take time, of course, to chew it over 
Before he acted: he's just got round to act." 
"He is a fool if that's the way he takes me." 
"Don't let it bother you. You've found out something. 
The hand that knows his business won't be told 
To do work better or faster--those two things. 
I'm as...Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
...there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
human being to supply any given army on any given day

and the best at murder are those who preach against it
and the best at hate are those who preach love
and the best at war finally are those who preach peace

those who preach god, need god
those who preach peace do not have peace
those who preach peace do not have love

beware the preachers
bewar...Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
...nry, you stay with
your mother!"
all the households were under 
seige but I believe that ours
held more terror than the
and at night
as we attempted to sleep
the rains still came down
and it was in bed
in the dark
watching the moon against 
the scarred window
so bravely
holding out 
most of the rain,
I thought of Noah and the
and I thought, it has come
we all thought
and then, at once, it would 
and it always seemed to 
aro...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...l be great, 
And I know that both curiously conjoint in the present time, 
(For the sake of him I typify—for the common average man’s sake—your sake,
 you are
And that where I am, or you are, this present day, there is the centre of all days, all
And there is the meaning, to us, of all that has ever come of races and days, or ever will
 come....Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...eople beginning their landmarks, (all others give way;) 
—Never were such sharp questions ask’d as this day; 
Never was average man, his soul, more energetic, more like a God;
Lo! how he urges and urges, leaving the masses no rest; 
His daring foot is on land and sea everywhere—he colonizes the Pacific, the

With the steam-ship, the electric telegraph, the newspaper, the wholesale engines of war, 
With these, and the world-spreading factories, he interlinks al...Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
...when God created love he didn't help most
when God created dogs He didn't help dogs
when God created plants that was average
when God created hate we had a standard utility
when God created me He created me
when God created the monkey He was asleep
when He created the giraffe He was drunk
when He created narcotics He was high
and when He created suicide He was low

when He created you lying in bed
He knew what He was doing
He was drunk and He was high
and He created the mo...Read More

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