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Famous First World Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Service, Robert William
...Gas got me in the first World War,
And all my mates at rest are laid.
I felt I might survive them for
I am a gardener by trade.
My life is in the open air,
And kindly is the work I do,
Since flowers are my joy and care,
 And comfort too.

My flowers are a fairy sight,
Yes I'm an ugly, warped old man,
For I have lived in Fate's despite
A year beyond one's mortal sp...Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)> Shall we follow?
Quick, said the bird, find them, find them,
Round the corner. Through the first gate,
Into our first world, shall we follow
The deception of the thrush? Into our first world.
There they were, dignified, invisible,
Moving without pressure, over the dead leaves,
In the autumn heat, through the vibrant air,
And the bird called, in response to
The unheard music hidden in the shrubbery,
And the unseen eyebeam crossed, for the roses
Had the look of flow...Read More

by Levine, Philip
...I learned 
from the mice. A row 
of faultless buttons, 
each one 10 years 
and the eye of the bird 
that beheld the first world 
and the last, a field 
of great rocks weeping, 
and no one to see 
me alone, day after 
day, in my red shirt....Read More

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