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Famous Bulldog Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Clare, John
...urs and beats them all.
The heavy mastiff, savage in the fray,
Lies down and licks his feet and turns away.
The bulldog knows his match and waxes cold,
The badger grins and never leaves his hold.
He drives the crowd and follows at their heels
And bites them through—the drunkard swears and reels

The frighted women take the boys away,
The blackguard laughs and hurries on the fray.
He tries to reach the woods, and awkward race,
But sticks and cudgels quickly sto...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...m nearly dead, 
And then they find the bloomin' Boers is twenty miles ahead. 
Each Footy is as full of fight as any bulldog pup, 
But walking forty miles to fight -- well, I'm fed up. 

So after all I think that when I leave the Cavalry 
I'll either join the ambulance or else the A.S.C.; 
They've always tucker in the plate and coffee in the cup, 
But bully beef and biscuits -- well! I'm fair fed up!...Read More

by Gregory, Rg
...t had cut into the world's time
with its own sick longing for the past

the great man and the great nation
had the same bulldog vision of each other's face
and neither of them had barked convincingly for a very long time

so the nation turned out on a cold bleak day
and attended its own funeral with uncanny reverence
and the other nations put tears over their laughing eyes
v-signs and rude gestures spoke with the same fingers

(2) aden

tourists dream of bombs 
that will not...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...f renown. 
He had striven finer feelings 
In our natures to implant 
By his Treatise on the Morals 
Of the Red-eyed Bulldog Ant. 
He had hoisted an opponent 
Who had trodden unawares 
On his "Reasons for Bare Patches 
On the Female Native Bears". 
So they gave him an appointment 
As instructor to a band 
Of the most attractive females 
To be gathered in the land. 
'Twas a "Ladies' Science Circle" -- 
Just the latest social fad 
For the Nicest People only, 
And...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...he kings 
 The pinions clipped may grow! the Eagle 
 May burst, in frantic thirst for home, the rings 
 And rend the Bulldog, Fox, and Bear, and Beagle! 
 And, lastly, grandest! 'tween dark sea and here 
 Eternal brightness coming! 
 The eye so weary's freshened with a tear 
 As rises distant drumming, 
 And wailing cheer—they pass the pale 
 His army mourns though still's the end hid; 
 And from his war-stained cloak, he answers "Hail!" 
 And spurns the bed of ...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...gis revel in and out 
That made the ferry boat a floating hell. 

What time the captive locusts fairly roared: 
And bulldog ants, made stingless with a knife, 
Climbed up the seats and scared the very life 
From timid folk, who near jumped overboard. 

The hours of lessons -- hours with feet of clay 
Each hour a day, each day more like a week: 
While hapless urchins heard with blanched cheek 
The words of doom "Come in on Saturday". 

The master gowned and spectac...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...the temple.
The place I live in
is a maze
and I keep seeking
the exit or the home.
Yet if I could listen
to the bulldog courage of those children
and turn inward into the plague of my soul
with more eyes than the stars
I could melt the darkness--
as suddenly as that time
when an awful headache goes away
or someone puts out the fire--
and stop the darkness and its amputations
and find the real McCoy
in the private holiness
of my hands....Read More

by Service, Robert William
...for the combat, men who are grit to the core;
Swift as the panther in triumph, fierce as the bear in defeat,
Sired of a bulldog parent, steeled in the furnace heat.
Send me the best of your breeding, lend me your chosen ones;
Them will I take to my bosom, them will I call my sons;
Them will I gild with my treasure, them will I glut with my meat;
But the others -- the misfits, the failures -- I trample under my feet.
Dissolute, damned and despairful, crippled and palsi...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
Since Leichhardt vanished in the gloom, 
Our one Illustrious Dead! 
But daring men from Britain's shore, 
The fearless bulldog breed, 
Renew the fearful task once more, 
Determined to succeed. 

Rash men, that know not what they seek, 
Will find their courage tried. 
For things have changed on Cooper's Creek 
Since Ludwig Leichhardt died. 

Along where Leichhardt journeyed slow 
And toiled and starved in vain; 
These rash excursionists must go 
Per Queensland rai...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...on the "Liver Push". 
Who cheered both parties long and loud? 
Who heaved blue metal at the crowd! 
And sooled his bulldog, Fighting Bet, 
To bite, haphazard, all she met? 
And when the mob were lodged in gaol 
Who telegraphed to me for bail? 
And -- here I think he showed his sense -- 
Who calmly turned Queen's evidence?" 

Enough! I now must end my song, 
My needless anguish, why prolong? 
From what I've said, you'll own, I'm sure, 
That Uncle Bill was pretty "pure", 
...Read More

by Masters, Edgar Lee
..., according to Jack McGuire.
I lived in the livery stable,
Sleeping on the floor
Side by side with Roger Baughman's bulldog,
Or sometimes in a stall.
I could crawl between the legs of the wildest horses
Without getting kicked -- we knew each other.
On spring days I tramped through the country
To get the feeling, which I sometimes lost,
That I was not a separate thing from the earth.
I used to lose myself, as if in sleep,
By lying with eyes half-open in the woo...Read More

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