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Famous Big Top Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Big Top 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 top poems. These examples illustrate what a famous big top poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Tebb, Barry
...en of the sun.


Murphy’s Everything-a-Pound stall

“Oh no it isn’t, Oh yes it is!”

City Lights tumblers, Big Top mugs,

Ireland flagons, Octavian glasses,

Camille goblets:

We must clear

All nice gear

Royal Crystal Clear

It isn’t far to the wacky bazaar -

“Cadbury’s Curly Whirlies ten a pound.”


John Dion, I prefer

Wordsworth’s daffodils

To your’s, they are

More rare and far

Less dear.


There were pigeons on the roof

So sti...Read More

by Kilmer, Joyce
...The boom and blare of the big brass band is cheering 
to my heart
And I like the smell of the trampled grass and elephants and hay.
I take off my hat to the acrobat with his delicate, strong art,
And the motley mirth of the chalk-faced clown drives all my care 
I wish I could feel as they must feel, these players 
brave and fair,
Who nonchala...Read More

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