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Famous Beef Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Wilmot, John
...omes to town,
From pedagogue and mother just set free,
The heir and hopes of a great family;
Which, with strong ale and beef, the country rules,
And ever since the Conquest have been fools.
And now, with careful prospect to maintain
The character, lest crossing of the strain
Should mend the booby breed, his friends provide
A cousin of his own to be his bride.
And thus set out
With an estate, no wit, and a young wife
(The solid comforts of a coxcomb's life), 
Dunghill ...Read More



by Bukowski, Charles
...s house clean. George , it was like having a maid.
He did it all. The place was spotless. You could eat beef stew right off the crapper. He
was antisceptic, that's what he was." 
"Drink up, you'll feel better." 
"And he couldn't make love." 
"You mean he couldn't get it up?" 
"Oh he got it up, he got it up all the time. But he didn't know how to make a
woman happy, you know. He didn't know what to do. All that money, all that educat...Read More

by Hughes, Langston
...oard at the Waldorf-Astoria. Look at the menu, will 
you:

 GUMBO CREOLE
 CRABMEAT IN CASSOLETTE
 BOILED BRISKET OF BEEF
 SMALL ONIONS IN CREAM
 WATERCRESS SALAD
 PEACH MELBA

Have luncheon there this afternoon, all you jobless.
 Why not?
Dine with some of the men and women who got rich off of
 your labor, who clip coupons with clean white fingers
 because your hands dug coal, drilled stone, sewed gar-
 ments, poured steel to let other people draw dividends
 and live ...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...rate,
on the man who was sold by the man who filled my plate.

My father hovered
over the Yorkshire pudding and the beef:
a peddler, a hawker, a merchant and an Indian chief.

Roosevelt! Willkie! and war!
How suddenly gauche I was
with my old-maid heart and my funny teenage applause.

Each night at home
my father was in love with maps
while the radio fought its battles with Nazis and Japs.

Except when he hid
in his bedroom on a three-day drunk,
he typed out c...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...dme hums" --
 A world's-width from Kamakura.

Yet Brahmans rule Benares still,
Buddh-Gaya's ruins pit the hill,
And beef-fed zealots threaten ill
 To Buddha and Kamakura.

A tourist-show, a legend told,
A rusting bulk of bronze and gold,
S o much, and scarce so much, ye hold
 The meaning of Kamakura?

But when the morning prayer is prayed,
Think, ere ye pass to strife and trade,
Is God in human image made
 No nearer than Kamakura?...Read More



by Whitman, Walt
...carman, the omnibus, the ponderous dray; 
Pyrotechny, letting off color’d fire-works at night, fancy figures and jets;
Beef on the butcher’s stall, the slaughter-house of the butcher, the butcher in his
 killing-clothes, 
The pens of live pork, the killing-hammer, the hog-hook, the scalder’s tub, gutting,
 the
 cutter’s cleaver, the packer’s maul, and the plenteous winter-work of
 pork-packing; 
Flour-works, grinding of wheat, rye, maize, rice—the barrels and the half and qu...Read More

by Gregory, Rg
...you
rough offensive banter bantered back
the smells of sweat and cargoes mixed with stew
and dumplings lamb chops roast beef - what the ****
these toughened men could outdo friar tuck
so ravenous their faith blown off the sea
that god lived in the stomach raucously

perhaps cramped into scotts i felt it most
that you belonged in a living sea of men
who shared the one blood-vision of a coast
tides washed you to but washed you off again
too much history made the struggle plain
...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...tself 
Root-bitten by white lichen, 

'Lo ye now! 
This fellow hath broken from some Abbey, where, 
God wot, he had not beef and brewis enow, 
However that might chance! but an he work, 
Like any pigeon will I cram his crop, 
And sleeker shall he shine than any hog.' 

Then Lancelot standing near, 'Sir Seneschal, 
Sleuth-hound thou knowest, and gray, and all the hounds; 
A horse thou knowest, a man thou dost not know: 
Broad brows and fair, a fluent hair and fine, 
High n...Read More

by Hacker, Marilyn
...We pace each other for a long time.
I packed my anger with the beef jerky.
You are the baby on the mountain. I am 
in a cold stream where I led you.

I packed my anger with the beef jerky.
You are the woman sticking her tongue out 
in a cold stream where I led you.
You are the woman with spring water palms.

You are the woman sticking her tongue out.
I am the woman who matches sounds.
You...Read More

by Smart, Christopher
...im for the glory of God, and sees the horizon compleat at once. 

Let Bohan rejoice with the Scythian Stag -- he is beef and breeches against want and nakedness. 

Let Achsah rejoice with the Pigeon who is an antidote to malignity and will carry a letter. 

Let Tohu rejoice with the Grouse -- the Lord further the cultivating of heaths and the peopling of deserts. 

Let Hillel rejoice with Ammodytes, whose colour is deceitful and he plots against the pilgrim's ...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...lbot offered to have led them on. 
Bold Duncombe next, of the projectors chief, 
And old Fitz-harding of the Eaters Beef. 
Late and disordered out the drinkers drew, 
Scarce them their leaders, they their leaders knew. 
Before them entered, equal in command, 
Apsley and Brod'rick, marching hand in hand. 
Last then but one, Powell that could not ride, 
Led the French standard, weltering in his stride. 
He, to excuse his slowness, truth confessed 
That 'twas...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard
...ght there and set up all his

 equipment and soon had it all going at once. After he finished

 eating a dehydrated beef Stroganoff dinner, he turned off all

 his equipment with the master air switch and went to sleep,

 for it was now dark.

 It was about midnight when they brought the body and

placed it beside the tent, less than a foot away from where

Mr. Norris was sleeping in his Arctic sleeping bag.

 He was awakened when they brought the body. Th...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...ir to a hook and let it down. 
When he saw Rapunzel had been banished 
he flung himself out of the tower, a side of beef. 
He was blinded by thorns that prickled him like tacks. 
As blind as Oedipus he wandered for years 
until he heard a song that pierced his heart 
like that long-ago valentine. 
As he kissed Rapunzel her tears fell on his eyes 
and in the manner of such cure-alls 
his sight was suddenly restored. 

They lived happily as you might expect ...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...ir to a hook and let it down. 
When he saw Rapunzel had been banished 
he flung himself out of the tower, a side of beef. 
He was blinded by thorns that prickled him like tacks. 
As blind as Oedipus he wandered for years 
until he heard a song that pierced his heart 
like that long-ago valentine. 
As he kissed Rapunzel her tears fell on his eyes 
and in the manner of such cure-alls 
his sight was suddenly restored. 

They lived happily as you might expect ...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...a mortal herring, who has eyes 
As well as you? Why not paint herrings, Rembrandt? 
Or if not herrings, why not a split beef? 
Perceive it only in its unalloyed 
Integrity, and you may find in it
A beautified accomplishment no less 
Indigenous than one that appertains 
To gentlemen and ladies eating it. 
The same God planned and made you, beef and human; 
And one, but for His whim, might be the other.”

That’s how he says it, Rembrandt, if you listen; 
He says it, and...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...t I will tell you.

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Who goes there? hankering, gross, mystical, nude; 
How is it I extract strength from the beef I eat? 

What is a man, anyhow? What am I? What are you? 

All I mark as my own, you shall offset it with your own; 
Else it were time lost listening to me.

I do not snivel that snivel the world over, 
That months are vacuums, and the ground but wallow and filth; 
That life is a suck and a sell, and nothing remains at the end but threadbar...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...and thy bulging store-houses, 
The grapes that ripen on thy vines—the apples in thy orchards, 
Thy incalculable lumber, beef, pork, potatoes—thy coal—thy gold and silver, 
The inexhaustible iron in thy mines.

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All thine, O sacred Union! 
Ship, farm, shop, barns, factories, mines, 
City and State—North, South, item and aggregate, 
We dedicate, dread Mother, all to thee! 

Protectress absolute, thou! Bulwark of all!
For well we know that while thou givest each and all, (...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...! interlink’d, food-yielding lands! 
Land of coal and iron! Land of gold! Lands of cotton, sugar, rice! 
Land of wheat, beef, pork! Land of wool and hemp! Land of the apple and grape! 
Land of the pastoral plains, the grass-fields of the world! Land of those
 sweet-air’d interminable plateaus! 
Land of the herd, the garden, the healthy house of adobie!
Lands where the northwest Columbia winds, and where the southwest Colorado
 winds! 
Land of the eastern Chesapeake! Land of t...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...f ye have any;
A dagon* of your blanket, leve dame, *remnant
Our sister dear, -- lo, here I write your name,--
Bacon or beef, or such thing as ye find."
A sturdy harlot* went them aye behind, *manservant 
That was their hoste's man, and bare a sack,
And what men gave them, laid it on his back
And when that he was out at door, anon
He *planed away* the names every one, *rubbed out*
That he before had written in his tables:
He served them with nifles* and with fables.Read More

by Harrison, Tony
...h quite hard
to find my slab behind the family dead, 
butcher, publican, and baker, now me, bard
adding poetry to their beef, beer and bread.

With Byron three graves on I'll not go short
of company, and Wordsworth's opposite.
That's two peers already, of a sort,
and we'll all be thrown together if the pit,

whose galleries once ran beneath this plot,
causes the distinguished dead to drop 
into the rabblement of bone and rot,
shored slack, crushed shale, smashed prop....Read More

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