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Famous Engagement Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...Well, Mabel, 'tis over and ended---
The ball I wrote was to be;
And oh! it was perfectly splendid---
If you could have been here to see.
I've a thousand things to write you
That I know you are wanting to hear,
And one, that is sure to delight you---
I am wearing Joe's diamond, my dear!

Yes, mamma is quite ecstatic
That I am engaged to Joe;
She thinks ...Read More



by Edgar, Marriott
...a small place?” 

The lion were none other than Wallace, 
He were going to Sydney, too. 
To fulfil a short starring engagement 
In a cage at Taronga Park Zoo. 

As they talked they heard footsteps approaching, 
“Someone comes” whispered Wallace, “Quick, hide”. 
He opened his mouth to the fullest,
And Albert sprang nimbly inside. 

'Twere Captain on morning inspection, 
When he saw Wallace shamming to doze, 
He picked up a straw from his bedding, 
And started t...Read More

by Hall, Donald
...e obits, the comics, and the sports.
Carrying my cup twenty feet, 
I sat myself at the desk
for this day's lifelong
engagement with the one task and desire....Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...I hear, just hear, the breath of my infant, 
There in the room, as I wake from sleep, this vision presses upon me: 
The engagement opens there and then, in fantasy unreal;
The skirmishers begin—they crawl cautiously ahead—I hear the irregular snap!
 snap! 
I hear the sounds of the different missiles—the short t-h-t! t-h-t! of the
 rifle
 balls; 
I see the shells exploding, leaving small white clouds—I hear the great shells
 shrieking
 as
 they pass; 
The grape, like the hum a...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...w, we'll talk. 

So, you despise me, Mr. Gigadibs. 
No deprecation,--nay, I beg you, sir! 
Beside 't is our engagement: don't you know, 
I promised, if you'd watch a dinner out, 
We'd see truth dawn together?--truth that peeps 
Over the glasses' edge when dinner's done, 


And body gets its sop and holds its noise 
And leaves soul free a little. Now's the time: 
'T is break of day! You do despise me then. 
And if I say, "despise me,"--never fear! 
I know y...Read More



by McGonagall, William Topaz
...lthough he had only twenty men on board, and prepare for battle. 

In case anything should happen to him during the engagement,
One of his men asked him, who felt rather discontent,
Whether his wife knew where he had buried his pelf,
When he impiously replied that nobody knew but the devil and himself. 

In the Morning Maynard weighed and sent his boat to sound,
Which, coming near the pirate, unfortunately ran aground;
But Maynard lightened his vessel of the ballast a...Read More

by Masters, Edgar Lee
...Herbert broke our engagement of eight years
When Annabelle returned to the village
From the Seminary, ah me!
If I had let my love for him alone
It might have grown into a beautiful sorrow --
Who knows? -- filling my life with healing fragrance.
But I tortured it, I poisoned it,
I blinded its eyes, and it became hatred --
Deadly ivy instead of clematis.
And my soul fel...Read More

by Frost, Robert
...lin way
With a mine on it that was worked for gold;
But not gold in commercial quantities,
Just enough gold to make the engagement rings
And marriage rings of those who owned the farm.
What gold more innocent could one have asked for?
One of my children ranging after rocks
Lately brought home from Andover or Canaan
A specimen of beryl with a trace
Of radium. I know with radium
The trace would have to be the merest trace 
To be below the threshold of commercial;
But tr...Read More

by Berman, David
...t. Their mouths look like coin slots.



A neighbor plays keyboards in a local cover band.
Preparing for an engagement at the high school prom,

they pack their equipment in silence.

Last night they played the Police Academy Ball and
all the officers slow-danced with target range silhouettes.



This year the theme for the prom is the Tetragrammaton.

A yellow Corsair sails through the disco parking lot
and swaying palms presage the lot of young liber...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...ther,
who is my father,
who was my lover,
floats airily out of my hands
and I dance slower,
pulling off the fat diamond engagement ring,
pulling off the elopement wedding ring,
and holding them, clicking them
in thumb and forefinger,
the indent of twenty-five years,
like a tiny rip of a tiny earthquake.
Underneath the soil lies the violence,
the shift, the crack of continents,
the anger,
and above only a cut,
a half-inch space to stick a pencil in.

The finger is scar...Read More

by Khayyam, Omar
...lf the virtue of the water of life.
If any one renounce it during the month of Ramazan, let
him at least abstain from engagement in prayer....Read More

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