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Famous Booby Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...HOW cruel are the parents
 Who riches only prize,
And to the wealthy booby
 Poor Woman sacrifice!
Meanwhile, the hapless Daughter
 Has but a choice of strife;
To shun a tyrant Father’s hate—
 Become a wretched Wife.

The ravening hawk pursuing,
 The trembling dove thus flies,
To shun impelling ruin,
 Awhile her pinions tries;
Till, of escape despairing,
 No shelter or retreat,
She trusts the ruthless Falconer,
 And drops...Read More

by Wilmot, John
...e been fools.
And now, with careful prospect to maintain
The character, lest crossing of the strain
Should mend the booby breed, his friends provide
A cousin of his own to be his bride.
And thus set out
With an estate, no wit, and a young wife
(The solid comforts of a coxcomb's life), 
Dunghill and pease forsook, he comes to town,
Turns spark, learns to be lewd, and is undone.
Nothing suits worse with vice than want of sense:
Fools are still wicked at their own ex...Read More

by Smart, Christopher
...e, house of Quince rejoice with Onychipuncta a gem of the jasper kind. 

Let Manly, house of Manly rejoice with the Booby a tropical bird. 

Let Fage, house of Fage rejoice with the Fiddlefish -- Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus in the fish's mouth. 

Let Benning, house of Benning rejoice with the Sea-Egg. Lord have mercy on the soul of Benning's wife. 

Let Singleton, house of Singleton rejoice with the Hog-Plumb. Lord have mercy on the soul of L...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
Always he kept on asking: Where did that blood come from?

They said: You for the fool killer, you for the booby hatch and a necktie party.

 They hauled him into jail.
 They sneered at him and spit on him,
 And he wrecked their jails,
 Singing, “God damn your jails,”
 And when he was most in jail
 Crummy among the crazy in the dark
 Then he was most of all out of jail
 Shambling, dark, and strong,
Always asking: Where did that blood come from?
 They laid...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...m safe planted away.

(As he touches the body there is a tremendous explosion. He falls back shattered.)

A booby-trap! Ought to 'a known it! If that's not a bastardly trick!
Well, one thing, I won't be long goin'. Gawd! I'm a 'ell of a sight.
Wish I'd died fightin' and killin'; that's wot it is makes me sick. . . .
Ah, Joe! we'll be pushin' up dysies . . . together, old Chummie . . . good-night!...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...O, that I well divine--
That such a pearl should fall to swine--
That such a literary ruby
Should grace the finger of a booby!

Spring comes;--behold, sweet mead and lea
Nature's green splendor tapestries o'er;
Fresh blooms the flower, and buds the tree;
Larks sing--the woodland wakes once more.
The woodland wakes--but not for her!
From Nature's self the charm has flown;
No more the Spring of earth can stir
The fond remembrance of our own!
The sweetest bird upon the bough...Read More

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