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Famous Marking Time Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Fu, Du
...pour and drink Short time use comfort late in life  I'm late in years, and only marking time, Returning home, I find but little joy. My darling son now will not leave my knee, He's scared that I will go away again. I remember when we used to seek the coolth, And wound between the trees beside the pool. The soughing and sighing of the north wind's strong, I'm thinking of a hundred different worries. At lea...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...heir ears to listen through the church-bells' startled chime – 
Far along the road to Buckland, Charlestown's guns were marking time. 

"They advance!" "They halt!" "Retreating!" "They come back!" The guns are done!" 
But the calmer spirits, listening, said: "Our guns are going on." 
And the friend and foe in Buckland felt two different kinds of thrills 
When they heard the Charlestown cannon talking on the Buckland hills. 

And the quiet man of Buckland sent a me...Read More

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