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Famous Bated Breath Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by McGonagall, William Topaz
 'Twas in the town of Sunderland, and in the year of 1883,
That about 200 children were launch'd into eternity
While witnessing an entertainment in Victoria Hall,
While they, poor little innocents,...Read More



by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
 It seemeth such a little way to me
Across to that strange country – the Beyond;
And yet, not strange, for it has grown to be
The home of those whom I...Read More

by Service, Robert William
 My job is done; my rhymes are ranked and ready,
 My word-battalions marching verse by verse;
Here stanza-companies are none too steady;
 There print-platoons are weak, but might be worse.
And...Read More

by Gordon, Adam Lindsay
 ALL is over! fleet career, 
Dash of greyhound slipping thongs, 
Flight of falcon, bound of deer, 
Mad hoof-thunder in our rear, 
Cold air rushing up our lungs, 
Din of...Read More

by Yeats, William Butler
 They must to keep their certainty accuse
All that are different of a base intent;
Pull down established honour; hawk for news
Whatever their loose fantasy invent
And murmur it with bated breath,...Read More

by Field, Eugene
 When Father Time swings round his scythe,
Entomb me 'neath the bounteous vine,
So that its juices, red and blithe,
May cheer these thirsty bones of mine.

"Elsewise with tears and bated breath
Should...Read More

by Davies, William Henry
 Thou shalt not laugh, thou shalt not romp, 
Let's grimly kiss with bated breath; 
As quietly and solemnly 
As Life when it is kissing Death. 
Now in the silence...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
 'Twas after the great Majuba fight:
And the next morning, at daylight,
Captain Macbean's men were ordered to headquarters camp,
So immediately Captain Macbean and his men set out on tramp. 

And...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
 On the Gilfillan burial day,
In the Hill o' Balgay,
It was a most solemn sight to see,
Not fewer than thirty thousand people assembled in Dundee,
All watching the funeral procession of...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
 "You come and see me, boys," he said; 
"You'll find a welcome and a bed 
And whisky any time you call; 
Although our township hasn't got 
The name of...Read More

by Laurence Dunbar, Paul
A knock is at her door, but she is weak;
Strange dews have washed the paint streaks from her cheek;
She does not rise, but, ah, this friend is known,
And knows that...Read More

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