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Famous Graduation Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Lorde, Audre
 I am fourteen
and my skin has betrayed me
the boy I cannot live without 
still sucks his tumb 
in secret
how come my knees are 
always so ashy
what if I die
before...Read More

by Nash, Ogden
 Some people, and it doesn't matter whether they are paupers or millionaires, Think that anything they have is the best in the world just because it is theirs. If...Read More

by Grennan, Eamon
 At her Junior High School graduation,
she sings alone
in front of the lot of us--

her voice soprano, surprising,
almost a woman's. It is
the Our Father in French,

the new language
making her strange,...Read More

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