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Famous Deficit Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Butler, Ellis Parker
 Said Statesman A to Statesman Z:
“What can we tax that is not paying?
We’re taxing every blessed thing—
Here’s what our people are defraying:

“Tariff tax, income tax,
Tax on retail sales,
Club tax,...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
 It was the lunatic poet escaped from the local asylum, 
Loudly he twanged on his banjo and sang with his voice like a saw-mill, 
While as with fervour he...Read More

by Francis, Robert
 The beautiful is fair. The just is fair.
Yet one is commonplace and one is rare,
One everywhere, one scarcely anywhere.

So fair unfair a world. Had we the wit
To use the...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
 Under the spreading deficit, 
The Fitzroy Smithy stands; 
The smith, a spendthrift man is he, 
With too much on his hands; 
But the muscles of his brawny jaw 
Are...Read More

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