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Famous Rough Road Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns) night like a broken king,
If you came by day not knowing what you came for,
It would be the same, when you leave the rough road
And turn behind the pig-sty to the dull facade
And the tombstone. And what you thought you came for
Is only a shell, a husk of meaning
From which the purpose breaks only when it is fulfilled
If at all. Either you had no purpose
Or the purpose is beyond the end you figured
And is altered in fulfilment. There are other places
Which also ...Read More

by Kilmer, Joyce
...and its milestones 
are the years,
And now and then there's a toll-gate where you buy your way with 
It's a rough road and a steep road and it stretches broad and far,
But at last it leads to a golden Town where golden Houses are....Read More

by Wordsworth, William
...slowly through the woody dale;  And who is she, be-times abroad,  That hobbles up the steep rough road?  Who is it, but old Susan Gale?   Long Susan lay deep lost in thought,  And many dreadful fears beset her,  Both for her messenger and nurse;  And as her mind grew worse and worse,  Her body it grew better.   She turned, she toss'd hers...Read More

by Housman, A E
...Think no more, lad; laugh, be jolly: 
Why should men make haste to die? 
Empty heads and tongues a-talking 
Make the rough road easy walking, 
And the feather pate of folly 
Bears the falling sky. 

Oh, 'tis jesting, dancing, drinking 
Spins the heavy world around. 
If young hearts were not so clever, 
Oh, they would be young for ever: 
Think no more; 'tis only thinking 
Lays lads underground....Read More

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