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Famous Burlesque Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Browning, Robert
 I.

You're my friend:
I was the man the Duke spoke to;
I helped the Duchess to cast off his yoke, too;
So here's the tale from beginning to end,
My friend!

II.

Ours is a...Read More



by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
 So closed our tale, of which I give you all 
The random scheme as wildly as it rose: 
The words are mostly mine; for when we ceased 
There came...Read More

by Brodsky, Joseph
All the huskies are eaten. There is no space
left in the diary And the beads of quick
words scatter over his spouse's sepia-shaded face
adding the date in question like a mole...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
 (For S. A.)TO write one book in five years
or five books in one year,
to be the painter and the thing painted,
… where are we, bo?

Wait—get his number.
The barber shop...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
 The actor struts his little hour, 
Between the limelight and the band; 
The public feel the actor's power, 
Yet nothing do they understand 
Of all the touches here and...Read More

by Burns, Robert
 AULD chuckie Reekie’s 1 sair distrest,
Down droops her ance weel burnish’d crest,
Nae joy her bonie buskit nest
 Can yield ava,
Her darling bird that she lo’es best—
 Willie’s awa!


O Willie...Read More

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