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Famous Half Inch Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...It chanced out back at the Christmas time, 
When the wheat was ripe and tall, 
A stranger rode to the farmer's gate -- 
A sturdy man and a small. 
"Rin doon, rin doon, my little son Jack, 
And bid the stranger stay; 
And we'll hae a crack for Auld Lang Syne, 
For the morn is Christmas Day." 

"Nay noo, nay noo," said the dour guidwife, 
"But ye sho...Read More



by Masefield, John
...er clang the Lion door, 
I marked a drink-drop roll to floor; 
It took up scraps of sawdust, furry, 
And crinkled on, a half inch, blurry; 
A drop from my last glass of gin; 
And someone waiting to come in, 
A hand upon the door latch gropen 
Knocking the man inside to open. 
I know the very words I said, 
They bayed like bloodhounds in my head. 
"The water's going out to sea 
And there's a great moon calling me; 
But there's a great sun calls the moon, 
And all God's...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...Here in my mountain home, 
On rugged hills and steep, 
I sit and watch you come, 
O Riverinia Sheep! 
You come from the fertile plains 
Where saltbush (sometimes) grows, 
And flats that (when it rains) 
Will blossom like the rose. 

But when the summer sun 
Gleams down like burnished brass, 
You have to leave your run 
And hustle off for grass. 

'...Read More

by Jarrell, Randall
...I ate pancakes one night in a Pancake House
Run by a lady my age. She was gay.
When I told her that I came from Pasadena
She laughed and said, "I lived in Pasadena
When Fatty Arbuckle drove the El Molino bus."

I felt that I had met someone from home.
No, not Pasadena, Fatty Arbuckle.
Who's that? Oh, something that we had in common
Like...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...I dance in circles holding
the moth of the marriage,
thin, sticky, fluttering
its skirts, its webs.
The moth oozing a tear,
or is it a drop of urine?
The moth, grinning like a pear,
or is it teeth
clamping the iron maiden shut?

The moth,
who is my mother,
who is my father,
who was my lover,
floats airily out of my hands
and I dance slower,
pulling off...Read More



by Nash, Ogden
...One thing that literature would be greatly the better for
Would be a more restricted employment by the authors of simile and
metaphor.
Authors of all races, be they Greeks, Romans, Teutons or Celts,
Can't seem just to say that anything is the thing it is but have to
go out of their way to say that it is like something else.
What does it mean when w...Read More

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