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Famous Awards Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Voznesensky, Andrei
...A poet can't be in disfavour, 
 he needs no awards, no fame. 
 A star has no setting whatever, 
 no black nor a golden frame. 

 A star can't be killed with a stone, or 
 award, or that kind of stuff. 
 He'll bear the blow of a fawner 
 lamenting he's not big enough. 

 What matters is music and fervour, 
 not fame, nor abuse, anyway. 
 World powers are out of favour 
 when poets t...Read more of this...

by Cisneros, Sandra
beside me and never dreamed afraid.

There should be stars for great wars
like ours. There ought to be awards
and plenty of champagne for the survivors.

After all the years of degradations,
the several holidays of failure,
there should be something
to commemorate the pain.

Someday we’ll forget that great Brazil disaster.
Till then, Richard, I wish you well.
I wish you love affairs and plenty of hot water,
and women kinder than I t...Read more of this...

by Shakespeare, William
...hy proud heart's slave and vassal wretch to be.
Only my plague thus far I count my gain,
That she that makes me sin awards me pain....Read more of this...

by Seeger, Alan
...he teeming earth, -- 
Of human frailty and of manly worth. 
In one small bark, and with the faithful band 
That all awards had shared of Fortune's hand, 
I launched once more upon the open main. 
Both shores I visited as far as Spain, -- 
Sardinia, and Morocco, and what more 
The midland sea upon its bosom wore. 
The hour of our lives was growing late 
When we arrived before that narrow strait 
Where Hercules had set his bounds to show 
That there Man's foot shall...Read more of this...

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