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Famous Barm Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...SEARCHING auld wives’ barrels,
 Ochon the day!
That clarty barm should stain my laurels:
 But—what’ll ye say?
These movin’ things ca’d wives an’ weans,
Wad move the very hearts o’ stanes!...Read More

by Goose, Mother
...Trip upon trenchers,And dance upon dishes,My mother sent me for some barm, some barm;She bid me go lightly,And come again quickly,For fear the young men should do me some harm.Yet didn't you see, yet didn't you see,What naughty tricks they put upon me?They broke my pitcherAnd spilt the water,And huffed my mother,And chid her daughter,And kissed my sister instead of me....Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
As any weasel her body gent* and small. *slim, neat
A seint* she weared, barred all of silk, *girdle
A barm-cloth* eke as white as morning milk *apron
Upon her lendes*, full of many a gore**. *loins **plait
White was her smock*, and broider'd all before, *robe or gown
And eke behind, on her collar about
Of coal-black silk, within and eke without.
The tapes of her white volupere* *head-kerchief 
Were of the same suit of her collere;
Her fillet br...Read More

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