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Famous Head Over Heels Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Edgar, Marriott
...he express came dashing along at full speed,
And caught her end on, fair and square
She bounced off the buffers, turned head over heels,
And lay with her legs in the air. 

Joe thought she were dead when he saw her lyin' there,
With the back of her head on the line
He knelt by her side, put his ear to her chest,
And told her to say " ninety-nine." 

She waggled her tail and she twiggled her trunk ;
To show him as she were alive;
She hadn't the strength for to say "nin...Read more of this...

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
Lovers share a sacred decree – 
to seek the Beloved.
They roll head over heels,
rushing toward the Beautiful One
like a torrent of water. In truth, everyone is a shadow of the Beloved – 
Our seeking is His seeking,
Our words are His words. At times we flow toward the Beloved
like a dancing stream.
At times we are still water
held in His pitcher.
At times we boil in a pot
turning to vapor – ...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...ts soft jolts—one leg reclined on the other; 
I jump from the cross-beams, and seize the clover and timothy,
And roll head over heels, and tangle my hair full of wisps. 

Alone, far in the wilds and mountains, I hunt, 
Wandering, amazed at my own lightness and glee; 
In the late afternoon choosing a safe spot to pass the night, 
Kindling a fire and broiling the fresh-kill’d game;
Falling asleep on the gather’d leaves, with my dog and gun by my side. 

Th...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...Only his baggified breeches would ruinate anyone's seat -- 
They're away -- here they come -- the first fence, and he's head over heels for a crown! 
Good for the new chum! he's over, and two of the others are down! 

Now for the treble, my hearty -- By Jove, he can ride, after all; 
Whoop, that's your sort -- let him fly them! He hasn't much fear of a fall. 
Who in the world would have thought it? And aren't they just going a pace? 
Little Recruit in the lead there will ...Read more of this...

by Ignatow, David
with me running after it
bent low, gritting my teeth,
and I found myself doubled over
and rolling down the street
head over heels, one complete somersault
after another like a bagel
and strangely happy with myself....Read more of this...

by Wylie, Elinor would shine 
By cruel winters weathered.

But he was in his twentieth year, 
Ths time I'm speaking of; 
We were head over heels in love with fear 
And half a-feared of love.

My hair was piled in a copper crown -- 
A devilish living thing -- 
And the tortise-shell pins fell down, fell down, 
When that snake uncoiled to spring.

His feet were used to treading a gale 
And balancing thereon; 
His face was as brown as a foreign sail 
Threadbare against the sun.Read more of this...

by Simic, Charles
And still you are afraid-and so,
It's as if we had not budged from the beginning.
Time slopes. We are falling head over heels
At the speed of night. That milk tooth
You left under the pillow, it's grinning.


This currently out-of-print edition:
Copyright ©1980 Logbridge-Rhodes, Inc.

An earlier version of White was first published 
by New Rivers Press in 1972....Read more of this...

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