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Famous Over The Top Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Sassoon, Siegfried
...mb to meet the bristling fire. 
Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear, 
They leave their trenches, going over the top, 
While time ticks blank and busy on their wrists, 
And hope, with furtive eyes and grappling fists, 
Flounders in mud. O Jesus, make it stop!...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...and eyes none may see, 
Out of its robes only this—the red robes, lifted by the arm,
One finger, crook’d, pointed high over the top, like the head of a snake appears. 

Meanwhile, corpses lie in new-made graves—bloody corpses of young men; 
The rope of the gibbet hangs heavily, the bullets of princes are flying, the creatures of
 laugh aloud, 
And all these things bear fruits—and they are good. 

Those corpses of young men,
Those martyrs that hang from the g...Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...With never a glance or a thought for me.
Perhaps she is angry because I look 
So long and so often across the way, 
Over the top of my ledger-book; 
But those stolen glances brighten the day.

And I am blameless of any wrong; -
She is the transgressor, by sitting there
And making my eyes turn oft and long
To a face so delicate, pure and fair.
Work is forgotten; the page lies clean, 
Untouched by the pen, while hours go by.
Oh, maid of the pensive air and mien!...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard
...w where the creek

flowed out of the culvert and took a nine-inch trout. It was

a good-looking fish and fought all over the top of the pool.

 Even though the creek was very small and poured out of a

steep brushy canyon filled with poison oak, I decided to

follow the creek up a ways because I liked the feel and

motion of the creek.

 I liked the name, too.

 Tom Martin Creek.

 It's good to name creeks after people and then later to

follow them for a ...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard
...creek. That was it.

 The boards dammed up the creek enough to form a huge

bathtub there, and the creek flowed over the top of the boards,

invited like a postcard to the ocean a thousand miles away.

As I said Worsewick was nothing fancy, not like the

places where the swells go. There were no buildings around.

We saw an old shoe lying by the tub.

 The hot springs came down off a hill and where they flowed

there was a bright orange scum through th...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard

 tus tree just a ways down the hill, keeping us cool and asleep

 and in the shade. At last the sun pours over the top of the

 tree and then we have to get up, the hot sun upon us.

 We go into the house and begin that two-hour yak-yak acti-

 vity we call breakfast. We sit around and bring ourselves

 slowly back to consciousness, treating ourselves like fine

 pieces of china, and after we finish the last cup of the last

 cup of the last cup of coffe...Read More

by Owen, Wilfred
...I mind as 'ow the night afore that show
Us five got talking, -- we was in the know,
"Over the top to-morrer; boys, we're for it,
First wave we are, first ruddy wave; that's tore it."
"Ah well," says Jimmy, -- an' 'e's seen some scrappin' --
"There ain't more nor five things as can 'appen;
Ye get knocked out; else wounded -- bad or cushy;
Scuppered; or nowt except yer feeling mushy."

One of us got the knock-out, blown to chops.
T...Read More

by Lawson, Henry in the city every day – 
He wears no flesh on his broken bones that lie in the shell-churned loam; 
For he went over the top and struck with his cheating yard-wand – home. 

(Oh, touch your hat to the tailor-made before you are aware, 
And lilt us a lay of Bank-holiday and the lights of Leicester-square!) 

Hats off to the dowager lady at home in her house in Russell-square! 
Like the pork-shop back and the Brixton flat, they are silently mourning there; 
For one ...Read More

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