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Famous By No Means Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous By No Means poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous by no means poems. These examples illustrate what a famous by no means poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
Well, the Melbournites may let the Capital go 
(Here we wink with one eye, please observe us!) 
But not in a hurry! By no means! Oh, no! 
He has not the least need to be nervous!...Read More

by Wyatt, Sir Thomas
...Alas, madam, for stealing of a kiss
Have I so much your mind there offended?
Have I then done so grievously amiss
That by no means it may be amended? 

Then revenge you, and the next way is this:
Another kiss shall have my life ended, 
For to my mouth the first my heart did suck; 
The next shall clean out of my breast it pluck....Read More

by Browning, Robert
...ust as it liked him: He hath eyes. 
Also it pleaseth Setebos to work, 
Use all His hands, and exercise much craft, 
By no means for the love of what is worked. 
'Tasteth, himself, no finer good i' the world 
When all goes right, in this safe summer-time, 
And he wants little, hungers, aches not much, 
Than trying what to do with wit and strength. 
'Falls to make something: 'piled yon pile of turfs, 
And squared and stuck there squares of soft white chalk, 
And, wi...Read More

by Browning, Robert
"To quit this very miserable world? 
Will you renounce" . . . "the mouthful of bread?" thought I; 
By no means! Brief, they made a monk of me; 
I did renounce the world, its pride and greed, 
Palace, farm, villa, shop, and banking-house, 
Trash, such as these poor devils of Medici 
Have given their hearts to--all at eight years old. 
Well, sir, I found in time, you may be sure, 
'T#was not for nothing--the good bellyful, 
The warm serge and the rope t...Read More

by Hecht, Anthony
...tered sticks on which the black sap
Bubbled and burst as he howled for the Kindly Light.

And that was but one, and by no means one of he worst;
Permitted at least his pitiful dignity;
And such as were by made prayers in the name of Christ,
That shall judge all men, for his soul's tranquility.

We move now to outside a German wood.
Three men are there commanded to dig a hole
In which the two Jews are ordered to lie down
And be buried alive by the third, who is a P...Read More

by Drayton, Michael
...e rides,
Which with his haste doth stumble,
And came full over on her snout,
Her heels so threw the dirt about,
For she by no means could get out,
But over him doth tumble.
And being in this piteous case,
And all beslurried head and face,
On runs he in this wildgoose chase;
As here and there he rambles,
Half-blind, against a mole-hill hit,
And for a mountain taking it,
For all he was out of his wit,
Yet to the top he scrambles.
And being gotten to the top,
Yet there h...Read More

by St Vincent Millay, Edna
...y she,
Upon whose icy breast,
Unquestioned, uncaressed,
One time I lay,
And whom always I lack,
Even to this day,
Being by no means from that frigid bosom weaned away,
If only she therewith be given me back?"
I sought her down that dolorous labyrinth,
Wherein no shaft of sunlight ever fell,
And in among the bloodless everywhere
I sought her, but the air,
Breathed many times and spent,
Was fretful with a whispering discontent,
And questioning me, importuning me to tell
Some sl...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...ou! "To the deep 
Of his domain the wildwood, Pan forthwith 
Called her, and so she followed"--in her sleep, 
Surely?--"by no means spurning him." The myth 
Explain who may! Let all else go, I keep 
--As of a ruin just a monolith-- 
Thus much, one verse of five words, each a boon: 
Arcadia, night, a cloud, Pan, and the moon....Read More

by Drayton, Michael
Till they return'd; home when they never came, 
Such as by art to get the same have tried 
From the strong Spirit by no means force the same; 
Nearer men come, that further flies away, 
Striving to hold it strongly in the deep. 
E'en as this Spirit, so you alone do play 
With those rich beauties Heav'n gives you to keep; 
Pity, so left to the coldness of your blood, 
Not to avail you, nor do the others good....Read More

by Aeschylus,
...THE night was passing, and the Grecian host
By no means sought to issue forth unseen.
But when indeed the day with her white steeds
Held all the earth, resplendent to behold,
First from the Greeks the loud-resounding din
Of song triumphant came; and shrill at once
Echo responded from the island rock.
Then upon all barbarians terror fell,
Thus disappointed; for not as for flight
The Hellenes sa...Read More

by Browning, Robert order
At Church for the show
Of the Sacrament, set forth this evening;
Tomorrow's the Feast
Of the Rosary's Virgin, by no means
Of Virgins the least— 
As you'll hear in the off-hand discourse
Which (all nature, no art)
The Dominican brother, these three weeks,
Was getting by heart.
Not a post nor a pillar but's dizened
With red and blue papers;
All the roof waves with ribbons, each altar
A-blaze with long tapers;
But the great masterpiece is the scaffold
Rigged glorio...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...Push from Waterloo 
That spotted the sunburnt bushman who 
Came down from Goondiwindi, Q. 


This is the game, by no means new, 
Played by the wealthy uncles -- two, 
Part of the Push from Waterloo 
That spotted the sunburnt bushman who 
Came down from Goondiwindi, Q. 


This is the trooper dressed in blue, 
Who busted the game by no means new, 
Played by the wealthy uncles -- two, 
Part of the Push from Waterloo 
That spotted the sunburnt bushman who 
Came do...Read More

by St Vincent Millay, Edna
...ubtle spirit's end?—
Ah, when the thawed winter splashes
Over these chance dust and ashes,
Weep not me, my friend!

Me, by no means dead
In that hour, but surely
When this book, unread,
Rots to earth obscurely,
And no more to any breast,
Close against the clamorous swelling
Of the thing there is no telling,
Are these pages pressed!

When this book is mould,
And a book of many
Waiting to be sold
For a casual penny,
In a little open case,
In a street unclean and cluttered,
Wher...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...stuff by far. 

They went out to the backyard (to make my meaning plain); 
The doctor's stuff wrought mightily, but by no means in vain. 
Then they could eat their breakfasts and drink their beer again. 

They made a bond between the three, as rock against the wave, 
That they'd go to the barber's shop and each have a clean shave, 
To show the people how they looked when they were young and brave. 

They had the shave and bought three suits (and startling suit...Read More

by Carroll, Lewis
...nd lay like one three-quarters dead 

The whisper left him - like a breeze
Lost in the depths of leafy trees -
Left him by no means at his ease. 

Once more he weltered in despair,
With hands, through denser-matted hair,
More tightly clenched than then they were. 

When, bathed in Dawn of living red,
Majestic frowned the mountain head,
"Tell me my fault," was all he said. 

When, at high Noon, the blazing sky
Scorched in his head each haggard eye,
Then keenest ros...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...c brow 
An instant; and then raising it, he stood 
In act to assert his right or wrong, and show 
Cause why King George by no means could or should 
Make out a case to be exempt from woe 
Eternal, more than other kings, endued 
With better sense and hearts, whom history mentions, 
Who long have 'paved hell with their good intentions.' 


Michael began: 'What wouldst thou with this man, 
Now dead, and brought before the Lord? What ill 
Hath he wrought since his mo...Read More

by Wyatt, Sir Thomas
...! I may no more. 
The vain travail hath worried me so sore, 
I am of them that furthest come behind. 
Yet may I by no means, my worried mind 
Draw from the deer; but as she fleeth afore 
Fainting I follow. I leave off therefore, 
Since in a net I seek to hold the wind. 
Who list her hunt, I put him out of doubt, 
As well as I, may spend his time in vain; 
And graven in diamonds in letters plain 
There is written, her fair neck round about, 
"Noli me tangere, f...Read More

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