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Famous Point Of View Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Silverstein, Shel

I got all choked up and I threw down my gun,
called him pa and he called me a son,
and I came away with a different point of view
and I think about him now and then.
Every time I tried, every time I win and if I
ever have a son I think I am gonna name him
Bill or George - anything but Sue....Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...honor warm, 
But as often as you strike 
The laws, you do no harm. 
To the laws, I mean. To you—
That’s another point of view, 
One you may as well indue 
With some alarm. 

Not the most heroic face 
To present, I grant;
Nor will you insure disgrace 
By fearing what you want. 
Freedom has a world of sides, 
And if reason once derides 
Courage, then your courage hides
A deal of cant. 

Learn a little to forget 
Life was once a feast; 
You aren’t fit for dyi...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...ll him Willie),
looked wry at me and went his way -
I think he thought me rather silly.
Maybe I am, but I insist
My point of view will take some beating:
Don't mock this old Externalist -
The pudding's proof is in the eating....Read More

by Laurence Dunbar, Paul
...(From a Westerner's Point of View.)
No matter what you call it,
Whether genius, or art,
He sings the simple songs that come
The closest to your heart.
Fur trim an' skillful phrases,
I do not keer a jot;
'Tain't the words alone, but feelin's,
That tech the tender spot.
An' that's jest why I love him,—
Why, he's got sech human feelin',
An' in ev'ry song he gives us,
Y...Read More

by Service, Robert William are glowing -
 Then they are.

For a poor man may be wealthy and a millionaire may fail,
It all depends upon the point of view.
It's the sterling of your spirit tips the balance of the scale,
It's optimism, and it's up to you.
For what I figure as success is simple Happiness,
The consummate contentment of your mood:
You may toil with brain and sinew,
And though little wealth is win you,
If there's health and hope within you -
 You've made good....Read More

by Collins, Billy
this whole battery-powered crew,
is headed, let us just say
that the real center of the universe,

the only true point of view,
is full of hope that he,
the hub of the cosmos
with his hair blown sideways,
will eventually make it all the way downtown....Read More

by Service, Robert William
...truth I can't make out
 A single word.'

And it's the same with others who
 Attempt to gab at me;
I listen to their point of view
 And solemnly agree.
To story stale and silly joke
 Stone deaf's my ear;
Each day a dozen stupid folk
 I fail to hear.

So silence that should be my grief
 Is my escape and shield;
From spiteful speech and base relief
 My aural sense is sealed.
And in my cosy cot of peace
 I close the door.
Praising the gods for rich relief
 Fro...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard
...f it in Till Fish US Do Part, by Beatrice

Cook published in 1949. No mention of it in The Flyfisher & the

Trout's Point of View by Col. E.W.Harding, published

in 1931. No mention of it in Chalk Stream Studies, by Charles

Kingsley, published in 1859 No mention of it in Trout Madness

by Robert Traver, published in 1960.

 No mention of it in Sunshine and the Dry Fly, by J. W.

Dunne, published in 1924. No mention of it in Just Fishing,

...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...spits into the fire,
Puffing like me a pipe of clay,
 Corn-cob or briar.

A chap original of thought,
 With cheery point of view,
Who has of gumption quite a lot,
 And streaks of humour too.
He need not be a whiskered sage,
 With wisdom over-ripe:
Just give me in the old of age
 A pal who smokes a pipe.

A cigarette may make for wit,
 Although I like it not;
A good cigar, I must admit,
 Gives dignity to thought.
But as my glass of grog I sip
 I never, never g...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...m out,
And now you'll find all round the town
A lot of idle men about.

Of course I know it is my loss,
And I their point of view can see,
But I must show them I'm the boss,
And any raise must come from ME.
But when they claim it as a right,
And send their Union leaders round,
Why then, by God, I'm out to fight,
Or burn my workshop to the ground.

I've risen from the ranks myself;
By brawn and brain I've made my way.
Had I bet, beered and blown my pelf,
I woul...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...! I will put in my poems, that with you is heroism, upon land and
And I will report all heroism from an American point of view. 

I will sing the song of companionship;
I will show what alone must finally compact These; 
I believe These are to found their own ideal of manly love, indicating it in me;

I will therefore let flame from me the burning fires that were threatening to
 consume me; 
I will lift what has too long kept down those smouldering fires; 
I will g...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...for a shield, for a shroud--Oh, God! then calamity came.

Mad! If I'm mad then you too are mad; but it's all in the point of view.
If you'd looked at them things gallivantin' on wings, all purple and green and blue;
If you'd noticed them twist, as they mounted and hissed like scorpions dim in the dark;
If you'd seen them rebound with a horrible sound, and spitefully spitting a spark;
If you'd watched IT with dread, as it hissed by your bed, that thing with the feelers...Read More

by Graham, Jorie
...Shall I move the flowers again?
Shall I put them further to the left
into the light?
Win that fix it, will that arrange the
Yellow sky.
Faint cricket in the dried-out bush.
As I approach, my footfall in the leaves
drowns out the cricket-chirping I was
coming close to hear 
Yellow sky with black leaves rearranging it.
Wind rearranging the...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
But the style that this Noisy Ned assumes, 
It's nothing but silent flashness. 

"We may just be dirt, from his point of view, 
Unworthy a word in season; 
But I'll make him talk like a cockatoo 
Or I'll get him to show the reason." 

Was it chance or fate, that King Condamine, 
A king who had turned a black tracker, 
Had captured a baby purcupine, 
Which he swapped for a "fig tobacker"? 

With the porcupine in the Silent's bed 
The shearers were quite elated, 
An...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...ear both, 'twill stretch our immortality.' 


Satan replied, 'To me the matter is 
Indifferent, in a personal point of view; 
I can have fifty better souls than this 
With far less trouble than we have gone through 
Already; and I merely argued his 
Late majesty of Britain's case with you 
Upon a point of form: you may dispose 
Of him; I've kings enough below, God knows!' 


Thus spoke the Demon (late call'd 'multifaced' 
By multo-scribbling Southey). 'Then...Read More

by Service, Robert William
Far better not to see at all.
And as for love, you know it not,
For pity is our sorry lot.
So there you see my point of view:
'Tis I, my friend, who envy you.

And which was right still puzzles me:
Perhaps one should be blind to see....Read More

by Service, Robert William
...rust is sweeter far
Than control and caviar;
How my ragged hat I'd toss
If I didn't have a boss.

So you may see my point of view,
But there's nothing I can do;
Oh the weariness of work,
Duties that I may not shirk.
Though simplicity I crave
I must go down to my grave,
Bossed by bullion, crossed by care -
Just a poor damn millionaire....Read More

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