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Famous Petered Out Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Frost, Robert
...(Two miles it was) to his abode.

Sometimes as an authority
 On motor-cars, I’m asked if I
Should say our stock was petered out,
 And this is my sincere reply:

Yankees are what they always were.
 Don’t think Brown ever gave up hope
Of getting home again because
 He couldn’t climb that slippery slope;

Or even thought of standing there
 Until the January thaw
Should take the polish off the crust.
 He bowed with grace to natural law,

And then went round it on his ...Read More



by Tebb, Barry
...cident’ at school, which

Made him ready to walk out at fifteen, the alcohol

Defences at Oxford which shut us out then petered out

During the six years in India, studying Bengali at Shantiniketan.

He tottered from the plane, penniless and unshaven,

To hide away in the seediest bedsit Beeston could boast

Where night turned to day and vaguely he applied 

For jobs as clerk and court usher and drank in pubs with yobs.

When the crisis came – "I feel my head coming o...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...o of gold.

He burned holes in the Decalogue,
And then it cam about,
For Fortune's just a lousy rogue,
His "pocket" petered out.

And lo! 'twas but a year all told,
When there in a shadow grim,
In six feet deep of icy mould
They burned a hole for him....Read More

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