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Famous Betted Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Kipling, Rudyard
...d a mast lurching through the spray --
 So we threshed the Bolivar out across the Bay!

'Felt her hog and felt her sag, betted when she'd break;
 Wondered every time she raced if she'd stand the shock;
Heard the seas like drunken men pounding at her strake;
 Hoped the Lord 'ud keep his thumb on the plummer-block.
 Banged against the iron decks, bilges choked with coal;
 Flayed and frozen foot and hand, sick of heart and soul;
 Last we prayed she'd buck herself into judgme...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
At wine, in clubs, of art, of politics; 
They lost their weeks; they vext the souls of deans; 
They rode; they betted; made a hundred friends, 
And caught the blossom of the flying terms, 
But missed the mignonette of Vivian-place, 
The little hearth-flower Lilia. Thus he spoke, 
Part banter, part affection. 
'True,' she said, 
'We doubt not that. O yes, you missed us much. 
I'll stake my ruby ring upon it you did.' 

She held it out; and as a par...Read More

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