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Famous Next Of Kin Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...t the shell holes, and the tracks were all one way 
Of the good Australian ammunition boots. 

The Highlanders were next of kin, the Irish were a treat, 
The Yankees knew it all and had to learn, 
The Frenchmen kept it going, both in vict'ry and defeat, 
Fighting grimly till the tide was on the turn. 
And our army kept beside 'em, did its bit and took its chance, 
And I hailed our newborn nation and its fruits, 
As I listened to the clatter on the cobblestones of Fran...Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...rom bull ring, and from stall, 
There rose an anguished cry of pain, a loud, appealing call; 
As man – the dumb beast’s next of kin – with gun, and whip, and knife, 
Went pleasure-seeking through the earth, blood-bent on taking life.
From trap, and cage, and house, and zoo, and street, that awful strain
Of tortured creatures rose and swelled the orchestra of pain.
And then methought the gentle Christ appeared to me and spoke: 
‘I called you, but ye answered not’ – and...Read More

by Russell, George William
...isty ages now
Since the warmth of heart to heart
 Chased the shadows from my brow.

Oh, I am so old, meseems
 I am next of kin to Time,
The historian of her dreams
 From the long-forgotten prime.

You have come a path of flowers.
 What a way was mine to roam!
Many a fallen empire’s towers,
 Many a ruined heart my home.

No, there is no comfort, none.
 All the dewy tender breath
Idly falls when life is done
 On the starless brow of death.

Though th...Read More

by Coleridge, Samuel Taylor grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?

The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide,
And I am next of kin;
The guests are met, the feast is set:
May'st hear the merry din.'

He holds him with his skinny hand,
'There was a ship,' quoth he.
'Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!'
Eftsoons his hand dropt he.

He holds him with his glittering eye--
The Wedding-Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years' child:
The Mariner h...Read More

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