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Famous Barr Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
 Ye but smelt, man, the place where he sh-t.
Poet Willie! 9 Ye but smelt man, the place where he sh-t.

Barr Steenie! Barr Steenie, what mean ye, what mean ye?
 If ye meddle nae mair wi’ the matter,
Ye may hae some pretence to havins and sense,
 Wi’ people that ken ye nae better,
Barr Steenie! 10 Wi’people that ken ye nae better.

Jamie Goose! Jamie Goose, ye made but toom roose,
 In hunting the wicked Lieutenant;
But the Doctor’s your mark, for the Lord’...Read More

by Chatterton, Thomas
...I espyde a greter starre 
Amenge the drybblett ons to sheene fulle bryghte; 
Syke sunnys wayne wyth amayl'd beames doe barr 
The blaunchie mone or estells to gev lyghte. 
Sprytes of the bleste, and everich Seyncte ydedde, 
Poure owte your pleasaunce on mie fadres hedde. 


Distraughte affraie, wythe lockes of blodde-red die. 
Terroure, emburled yn the thonders rage, 
Deathe, lynked to dismaie, dothe ugsomme flie, 
Enchafynge echone champyonne war to wage...Read More

by Butler, Ellis Parker
Then, at a little distance from the precious pearly gate,
The Tuscarora fellows paused to talk and cogitate;
One Barr said this, one Barr said that, McAlpin had his say,
But foxy Charley Roberts said, "This is the only way --
"You'd best leave this to me," he said. "Just let me handle Pete
and in a trice we'll be inside upon the golden street;
I'll show him that he's one of us, because he used to be,
Himself, a brother fisher, in the Sea of Gallilee--
And I move yo...Read More

by Milligan, Spike
...Philip Le Barr, 
Was knock down by a car, 
On the road to Mandalay.
He was knocked down again
By a dust cart in Spain
And again in Zanzibar.
He travled at night
In the pale moon light
Away from the traffic growl
But terrible luck
He was hit by a duck
Driven by an owl....Read More

by Milton, John
...l Bench
Of Brittish Themis, with no mean applause
Pronounc't and in his volumes taught our Lawes,
Which others at their Barr so often wrench:
To day deep thoughts resolve with me to drench
In mirth, that after no repenting drawes;
Let Euclid rest and Archimedes pause,
And what the Swede intend, and what the French.
To measure life, learn thou betimes, and know
Toward solid good what leads the nearest way; 
For other things mild Heav'n a time ordains,
And disapproves that ...Read More

by Keats, John

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay where are they? 
Think not of them thou hast thy music too ¡ª 
While barr¨¨d clouds bloom the soft-dying day 25 
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue; 
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn 
Among the river sallows borne aloft 
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies; 
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn; 30 
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft 
The redbreast whistles from a gard...Read More

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