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Famous Bedridden Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Hardy, Thomas
...Much wonder I--here long low-laid - 
 That this dead wall should be 
Betwixt the Maker and the made, 
 Between Thyself and me! 

For, say one puts a child to nurse, 
 He eyes it now and then 
To know if better 'tis, or worse, 
 And if it mourn, and when. 

But Thou, Lord, giv'st us men our clay 
 In helpless bondage thus 
To Time and Chance, and seem's...Read More



by Levis, Larry
...seph Severn's infant son is buried
Two modest, grassy steps behind them both.
But you'd have to know the story--how bedridden
Keats wanted the inscription to be
Simple, & unbearable: "Here lies one
Whose name is writ in water." On a warm day,
I stood here with my two oldest friends.
I thought, then, that the three of us would be
Indissoluble at the end, & also that
We would all die, of course. And not die.
And maybe we should have joined hands at that
Mome...Read More

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