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Famous Bitters Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Service, Robert William

And many an old cove such as I
 Is troubled with the jitters,
And being as he's scared to die
 Gives up his gin and bitters;
While dreading stomach ulcers he
 Chucks dinner for high tea.

Well, we are wise. When life begins
 To look so dour and dark
'Tis good to jettison our sins
 And keep afloat the bark:
But don't let us claim lack of vice
 For what's plumb cowardice!...Read More

by Field, Eugene
...our pity,--
No human, livin', female thing this side of Denver City!
But jest a lot uv husky men that lived on sand 'nd bitters,--
Do you wonder that that woman's face consoled the lonesome critters?
And not a one but what it served in some way to remind him
Of a mother or a sister or a sweetheart left behind him;
And some looked back on happier days, and saw the old-time faces
And heerd the dear familiar sounds in old familiar places,--
A gracious touch of home. "Look he...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...PAN>No gentler state than mine beneath the sun,Since from a source so sweet my bitters run. Macgregor....Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...SONNET CXL. Mirando 'l sol de' begli occhi sereno. THE SWEETS AND BITTERS OF LOVE.  Marking of those bright eyes the sun sereneWhere reigneth Love, who mine obscures and grieves,My hopeless heart the weary spirit leavesOnce more to gain its paradise terrene;Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...>SONNET XLIV. Mie venture al venir son tarde e pigre. FEW ARE THE SWEETS, BUT MANY THE BITTERS OF LOVE.  Ever my hap is slack and slow in coming,Desire increasing, ay my hope uncertainWith doubtful love, that but increaseth pain;For, tiger-like, so swift it is in parting.Read More

by Baudelaire, Charles
...ould fell an albatross, the largest of sea birds,
Indolent companions of their trip
As they slide across the deep sea's bitters.

Scarcely had they dropped to the plank
Than these blue kings, maladroit and ashamed
Let their great white wings sink
Like an oar dragging under the water's plane.

The winged visitor, so awkward and weak!
So recently beautiful, now comic and ugly!
One sailor grinds a pipe into his beak,
Another, limping, mimics the infirm bird that once cou...Read More

by Masefield, John so prim and grey 
I pound the bar and sing, "Hooray, 
Here's Quaker come to bless and kiss us, 
Come, have a gin and bitters, missus, 
Or may be Quaker girls so prim 
Would rather start a bloody hymn. 
Now Dick, oblige. A hymn, you swine, 
Pipe up the 'Officer of the Line,' 
A song to make one's belly ache, 
Or 'Nell and Roger at the Wake,' 
Or that sweet song, the talk in town, 
'The lady fair and Abel Brown.' 
'O, who's that knocking at the door,' 
Miss Bourn...Read More

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