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Famous Old Hat Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Blunden, Edmund
...New games begun and old ones put away.
    Let us fare on, dead friend, O deathless friend,
    Where under his old hat as green as moss
    The hedger chops and finds new gaps to mend,
    And on his bonfires burns the thorns and dross,
    And hums a hymn, the best, thinks he, that ever was.

    There the grey guinea-fowl stands in the way,
    The young black heifer and the raw-ribbed mare,
    And scorn to move for tumbril or for dray,
    And feel th...Read More

by Larkin, Philip
Our garden, first: where I did not invent
Blinding theologies of flowers and fruits,
And wasn't spoken to by an old hat.
And here we have that splendid family

I never ran to when I got depressed,
The boys all biceps and the girls all chest,
Their comic Ford, their farm where I could be
'Really myself'. I'll show you, come to that,
The bracken where I never trembling sat,

Determined to go through with it; where she
Lay back, and 'all became a burning mist'.Read More

by Carver, Raymond
against the front fender of a 1934 Ford. 
He would like to pose bluff and hearty for his posterity, 
Wear his old hat cocked over his ear. 
All his life my father wanted to be bold. 

But the eyes give him away, and the hands 
that limply offer the string of dead perch 
and the bottle of beer. Father, I love you, 
yet how can I say thank you, I who can't hold my liquor either, 
and don't even know the places to fish?...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...h pubs combine.
A stranger came to cash a cheque --
Few were the words he said --
A handkerchief about his neck,
An old hat on his head.

A long grey stranger, eagle-eyed --
"Know me? Of course you do?"
"It's not my work," the boss replied,
"To know such tramps as you."
"Well, look here, Mister, don't be flash,"
Replied the stranger then,
"I never care to make a splash,
I'm simple, but I've got the cash;
I'm T.Y.S.O.N."

But in that last great ...Read More

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