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Famous Bagpipe Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...while were its treadles, at rest was its diligent shuttle,
While the monotonous drone of the wheel, like the drone of a bagpipe,
Followed the old man's songs and united the fragments together.
As in a church, when the chant of the choir at intervals ceases,
Footfalls are heard in the aisles, or words of the priest at the altar,
So, in each pause of the song, with measured motion the clock clicked.

Thus as they sat, there were footsteps heard, and, suddenly lifted,
So...Read More



by García Lorca, Federico
...bers.
Naked Saint Christopher swells,
watching the girl as he plays
with tongues of celestial bells
on an invisible bagpipe.

Gypsy, let me lift your skirt
and have a look at you.
Open in my ancient fingers
the blue rose of your womb.

Precosia throws the tambourine
and runs away in terror.
But the virile wind pursues her
with his breathing and burning sword.

The sea darkens and roars,
while the olive trees turn pale.
The flutes of darkness sound,...Read More

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
...n obscure Recess, 
Emblems of Care, and Instruments of Peace; 
The Hook, the Scrip, and for unblam'd Delight 
The merry Bagpipe, which, ere fall of Night, 
Cou'd sympathizing Birds to tuneful Notes invite. 
Welcome ye Monuments of former Joys! 
Welcome! to bless again your Master's Eyes, 
And draw from Courts, th' instructed Shepherd cries. 
No more dear Relicks! we no more will part, 
You shall my Hands employ, who now revive my Heart. 
No Emulations, nor corrupt...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...omniferum, given to cause
sleep.

20. Burdoun: bass; "burden" of a song. It originally means the
drone of a bagpipe; French, "bourdon."

21. Compline: even-song in the church service; chorus.

22. Ferly: strange. In Scotland, a "ferlie" is an unwonted or
remarkable sight.

23. A furlong way: As long as it might take to walk a furlong.

24. Cockenay: a term of contempt, probably borrowed from the
kitchen; a cook, in base Latin, b...Read More

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