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Famous Public Opinion Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Yeats, William Butler
...fferent to blame or praise,
To bribe or threat; habits that made old wrong
Melt down, as it were wax in the sun's rays;
Public opinion ripening for so long
We thought it would outlive all future days.
O what fine thought we had because we thought
That the worst rogues and rascals had died out.

All teeth were drawn, all ancient tricks unlearned,
And a great army but a showy thing;
What matter that no cannon had been turned
Into a ploughshare? Parliament and king
Thoug...Read More

by Lear, Edward
...when days are dark,
 The Akond of Swat?

Does he study the wants of his own dominion?
Or doesn't he care for public opinion
 a JOT,
 The Akond of Swat?

To amuse his mind do his people show him
Pictures, or any one's last new poem,
 or WHAT,
 For the Akond of Swat?

At night if he suddenly screams and wakes,
Do they bring him only a few small cakes,
 or a LOT,
 For the Akond of Swat?

Does he live on turnips, tea, or tripe?
Does he like his shawl to be marked with ...Read More

by Auden, Wystan Hugh (W H)
...d had everything necessary to the Modern Man,A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire.Our researchers into Public Opinion are contentThat he held the proper opinions for the time of year;When there was peace, he was for peace: when there was war, he went.He was married and added five children to the population,Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of hisgeneration.And our teachers report that he never interfered with th...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...OF Public Opinion; 
Of a calm and cool fiat, sooner or later, (How impassive! How certain and final!) 
Of the President with pale face, asking secretly to himself, What will the people say
Of the frivolous Judge—Of the corrupt Congressman, Governor, Mayor—Of such as
 standing helpless and exposed; 
Of the mumbling and screaming priest—(soon,...Read More

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