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Famous Baggy Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...down the bank and landed on your ear." 
"I wouldn't care," the turtle said, "if you'd have fished a year." 

So Baggy-beak the Pelican was asked to arbitrate; 
The scales of justice seemed to hang beneath his noble beak. 
He said, "I'll take possession of the subject of debate"; 
He stowed the fish inside his pouch and then began to speak. 

"The case is far from clear," he said, "and justices of note" -- 
But here he snapped his beak and flapped his piebald o...Read More

by Holmes, Oliver Wendell
...ed him,-- no, not in the least,--
A dash here and there with a haphazard crayon,
And there stands the wrinkled-skinned, baggy-limbed beast.

Just so with your verse,-- 't is as easy as sketching,--
You can reel off a song without knitting your brow,
As lightly as Rembrandt a drawing or etching;
It is nothing at all, if you only know how.

Well; imagine you've printed your volume of verses:
Your forehead is wreathed with the garland of fame,
Your poems the eloquent sch...Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)
...Terror of the Thames."

His manners and appearance did not calculate to please;
His coat was torn and seedy, he was baggy at the knees;
One ear was somewhat missing, no need to tell you why,
And he scowled upon a hostile world from one forbidding eye.

The cottagers of Rotherhithe knew something of his fame,
At Hammersmith and Putney people shuddered at his name.
They would fortify the hen-house, lock up the silly goose,
When the rumour ran along the shore: GROWLT...Read More

by Raleigh, Sir Walter full of odds and ends, 
Letters from departed friends, 
Faded ties and broken braces 
Tucked away in secret places, 
Baggy trousers, ragged coats, 
Stacks of ancient lecture-notes, 
And that ghostliest of shows, 
Boots and shoes in horrid rows. 
Though they are of cheerful mind, 
My lovers, whom I leave behind, 
When they find these in my stead, 
Will be sorry I am dead. 

They will grieve; but you, my dear, 
Who have never tasted fear, 
Brave companion of my youth...Read More

by Duhamel, Denise
...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 would sometimes say, "Snow darling,
why don't you pull back your hair? Show those pretty eyes?"
or "Come on, I'll take you shopping."
 Snow preferred
staying in her safe room, looking out of her window
at the deer leaping across the lawn. Or she'd practice
her dance moves with invisible princes. And the Queen,
busy bei...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...mething more. 

The precincts of Wargeilah town 
An English new-chum did infest: 
He used to wander up and down 
In baggy English breeches drest; 
His mental aspect seemed to be 
Just stolid self-sufficiency. 

The local sportsmen vainly sought 
His tranquil calm to counteract 
By urging that he should be brought 
Within the Noxious Creatures Act. 
"Nay, harm him not," said one more wise, 
"He is a blessing in disguise! 

"You see, he wants to buy a horse, 
To rid...Read More

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