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Famous Bertie Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...ore Saturday night." 

He sold for a hundred and thirty, 
Because of a gallop he had 
One morning with Bluefish and Bertie. 
And donkey-licked both of 'em bad. 
And when the old horse had departed, 
The life on the station grew tame; 
The race-track was dull and deserted, 
The boys had gone back on the game. 

* * * * * 

The winter rolled by, and the station 
Was green with the garland of Spring; 
A spirit of glad exultation 
Awoke in each animate thing; 
And...Read More

by Kunitz, Stanley


In the recurring dream
my mother stands
in her bridal gown
under the burning lilac,
with Bernard Shaw and Bertie
Russell kissing her hands;
the house behind her is in ruins;
she is wearing an owl’s face
and makes barking noises.
Her minatory finger points.
I pass through the cardboard doorway
askew in the field
and peer down a well
where an albino walrus huffs.
He has the gentlest eyes.
If the dirt keeps sifting in,
staining the water yellow,
why...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz Regiment with spirits light and gay,
And forming the Second Battalion, left Naas without delay,
Commanded by Captain Bertie Gordon, to proceed to the Cape straightaway. 

And on the second of June they sailed for the Cape of Good Hope
On board the "Abercrombie Robinson," a vessel with which few vessels could cope;
And in August the 25th they reached Table Bay,
Where a battalion of the 91st was warned for service without delay. 

To relieve the 91st, which was to be...Read More

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