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Famous Responsible Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Patchen, Kenneth
 when we were here together in a place we did not know, nor one
A bit of grass held between the teeth for a moment, bright hair on the 
What...Read More

by Xavier, Emanuel
 “Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars;
see that ye not be troubles;
all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet”
-Matthew 24:6

I escape the...Read More

by Service, Robert William
 When I was small the Lord appeared
 Unto my mental eye
A gentle giant with a beard
 Who homed up in the sky.
But soon that vasty vision blurred,
 And faded...Read More

by Duhamel, Denise
 I had sex with a famous poet last night 
and when I rolled over and found myself beside him I shuddered 
because I was married to someone else, 
because...Read More

by Graham, Jorie
 I have put on my great coat it is cold.

It is an outer garment.

Coarse, woolen.

Of unknown origin.


It has a fine inner lining but it is 
as an exterior...Read More

by Heaney, Seamus
 It is December in Wicklow:
Alders dripping, birches
Inheriting the last light,
The ash tree cold to look at.

A comet that was lost
Should be visible at sunset,
Those million tons of light
Like a...Read More

by Davidson, John
 I couldn't touch a stop and turn a screw,
And set the blooming world a-work for me,
Like such as cut their teeth -- I hope, like you --
On the handle...Read More

by Nash, Ogden
 I sit in an office at 244 Madison Avenue
And say to myself You have a responsible job havenue?
Why then do you fritter away your time on this doggerel?
If you...Read More

by Gluck, Louise
 In your extended absence, you permit me
use of earth, anticipating
some return on investment. I must report
failure in my assignment, principally
regarding the tomato plants.
I think I should not be encouraged...Read More

by Elytis, Odysseus
Translation from Greek: Marios Dikaiakos

I know that all this is worthless and that the language
I speak doesn't have an alphabet

Since the sun and the waves are a syllabic script
which can...Read More

by Kramberger, Taja
For Taslima Nasrin, in sisterhood
There is no fatwa in this land,
what are you thinking,
this is Europe.
A place without borders and
without internal wrinkles,
without possibilities for asylum and exile.

There is no fatwa...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
cold is in the air, 
an aura of ice 
and phlegm. 
All day I've built 
a lifetime and now 
the sun sinks to 
undo it. 
The horizon bleeds...Read More

by Service, Robert William
 'Tis hard to hang a husky lad
When larks are in the sky;
It hurts when daffydills are glad
To wring a neck awry,
When joy o' Spring is in the sap
And cheery...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
 A single Clover Plank
Was all that saved a Bee
A Bee I personally knew
From sinking in the sky --

'Twixt Firmament above
And Firmament below
The Billows of Circumference
Were sweeping him away --

The...Read More

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