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Famous Beery Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Atwood, Margaret
...e it happens,
when thigh, ass, inkblot, crevice, tit, and nipple
are still connected.
Such hatred leaps in them,
my beery worshippers! That, or a bleary
hopeless love. Seeing the rows of heads 
and upturned eyes, imploring
but ready to snap at my ankles,
I understand floods and earthquakes, and the urge 
to step on ants. I keep the beat,
and dance for them because
they can't. The music smells like foxes,
crisp as heated metal
searing the nostrils
or humid as A...Read more of this...

by Yeats, William Butler
...use an ancient history said
Hell Mouth lay open near that place,
And yet stood still, because inside
A great lad with a beery face
Had tucked himself away beside
A ladle and a tub of beer,
And snored, no phantom by his look.
So with a laugh at his own fear
He crawled into that pleasant nook.

'Night grows uneasy near the dawn
Till even I sleep light; but who
Has tired of his own company?
What one of Maeve's nine brawling sons
Sick of his grave has wakened me?
But let ...Read more of this...

by Scannell, Vernon
...oodshot eyes and sly 
Gestures miming what he loves and loathes. 

Next came the cheery knocker-back of pints, 
The beery joker, never far from tears, 
Whose loud and public vanity acquaints 
The careful watcher with his private fears. 

And then I saw the neat mouthed gentle man 
Defer politely, listen to the lies, 
Smile at the tedious tale and gaze upon 
The little mirrors in the speaker's eyes. 

The men who wear my clothes walked past my bed 
And all of them ...Read more of this...

by Dickey, James
...s drawing hand over hand on our blood 
Drawing into existence by the nose a huge body becoming 
A hammerhead rolling in beery shallows and I began to let up 
But the rope strained behind me the town had gone 
Pulling-mad in our house far away in a field of sand they struggled 
They had turned their backs on the sea bent double some on their knees 
The rope over their shoulders like a bag of gold they strove for the ideal 
Esso station across the scorched meadow with the dista...Read more of this...

by Green, Adrian,
and the hills
alive with monstrous shapes
are menacing with soundless fear,
and still below the blundering man,
the beery and uncertain head,
the stubbled fields hold secrets now
and silence fills the river bed....Read more of this...

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