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Famous Big Ideas Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Levine, Philip
you earn your doctorate in mismanagement.

So I was eighteen, once, fifty years ago,
a kid from a small town with big ideas.
Gatsby said if Detroit is your idea
of a small town you need another idea,
and I needed several. I retied my shoes, washed
my face, brushed my teeth with a furry tongue,
counted out my $11.80
on the broken bed, and decided the time
had come to mature. How else can I explain
voting for Adlai Stevenson once and once
again, planting a...Read more of this...

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