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Famous Give It Up Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by McGonagall, William Topaz
...Also to starvation and loss of reputation,
Likewise your eternal soul's damnation. 

The drunkard, he says he can't give it up,
For I must confess temptation's in the cup;
But he wishes to God it was banished from the land,
While he holds the cup in his trembling hand. 

And he exclaims in the agony of his soul --
Oh, God, I cannot myself control
From this most accurs'd cup!
Oh, help me, God, to give it up! 

Strong drink to the body can do no good;
It defiles the blo...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...tumble an' same bloomin' joke
 Down the section, etc.

 Same "which is right?" where the cart-tracks divide,
 Same "give it up" from the same clever guide
 To the section, etc.

Same tumble-down on the same 'idden farm,
Same white-eyed Kaffir 'oo gives the alarm--
 Of the section, etc.

Same shootin' wild at the end o' the night,
Same flyin'-tackle an' same messy fight,
 By the section, etc.

Same ugly 'iccup an' same 'orrid squeal,
When it's too dark to see a...Read More

by Bryant, William Cullen
...hing bosom thou dost pluck
The guilty secret; lips, for ages sealed,
Are faithless to the dreadful trust at length,
And give it up; the felon's latest breath
Absolves the innocent man who bears his crime;
The slanderer, horror smitten, and in tears,
Recalls the deadly obloquy he forged
To work his brother's ruin. Thou dost make
Thy penitent victim utter to the air
The dark conspiracy that strikes at life,

And aims to whelm the laws; ere yet the hour
Is come, and the drea...Read More

by Frost, Robert you find the horses?”

“Fine, fine.”

“And ready for some more? My wife here
Says it won’t do. You’ve got to give it up.”

“Won’t you to please me? Please! If I say please?
Mr. Meserve, I’ll leave it to your wife.
What did your wife say on the telephone?”

Meserve seemed to heed nothing but the lamp
Or something not far from it on the table.
By straightening out and lifting a forefinger,
He pointed with his hand from where it lay
Like a white crumpl...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...n a board, Be of good cheer, we will not
 desert you:
How he follow’d with them, and tack’d with them—and would not
 give it up; 
How he saved the drifting company at last: 
How the lank loose-gown’d women look’d when boated from the side of
 their prepared graves; 
How the silent old-faced infants, and the lifted sick, and the sharp-lipp’d
 unshaved men: 
All this I swallow—it tastes good—I like it well—it becomes mine;
I am the man—I suffer’d—I was there. 

...Read More

by John, David St
...r seen before. It may seem odd to you, now,
But this was the single ambition of my life. Finally.

I had to give it up; I'd failed. She knew them all. So,
To celebrate our few months together, I gave her
Before we parted one night a necklace with a huge fake

Ruby. She slipped it immediately over her head, & its knuckle
Of red glass caught the light reflecting off the thin candles
Rising by the bed. On her naked breasts it looked exactly

Like an u...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...uld make my testament
I owe them not a word, that is not quit* *repaid
I brought it so aboute by my wit,
That they must give it up, as for the best
Or elles had we never been in rest.
For, though he looked as a wood* lion, *furious
Yet should he fail of his conclusion.
Then would I say, "Now, goode lefe* tak keep** *dear **heed
How meekly looketh Wilken oure sheep!
Come near, my spouse, and let me ba* thy cheek *kiss 18
Ye shoulde be all patient and meek,
And have a *...Read More

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