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Famous Seriously Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Frost, Robert't decently refuse you."

We made a day of it out of the world,
Ascending to descend to reascend.
The old man seriously took his bearings,
And spoke his doubts in every open place.

We came out on a look-off where we faced
A cliff, and on the cliff a bottle painted,
Or stained by vegetation from above,
A likeness to surprise the thrilly tourist.

"Well, if I haven't brought you to the fountain,
At least I've brought you to the famous Bottle."

"I won't a...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...approach you; 
What thought you have of me, I had as much of you—I laid in my stores in advance;
I consider’d long and seriously of you before you were born. 

Who was to know what should come home to me? 
Who knows but I am enjoying this? 
Who knows but I am as good as looking at you now, for all you cannot see me? 

It is not you alone, nor I alone;
Not a few races, nor a few generations, nor a few centuries; 
It is that each came, or comes, or shall come, from its due...Read More

by Gregory, Rg
...the shine on velvet

the whole nation stretched up into the dusty attic for its medals and black ties
 and prayers
and seriously polished its black uncomfortable shoes
and no one dared creak in the wrong places

anybody who thought he was everybody
except those who were nearly dying themselves
wanted to come to the funeral
and in its mourning the nation rejoiced to think
that once again it had cut into the world's time
with its own sick longing for the past

the great man an...Read More

by Bell, Marvin
of the last of the wine, or as each excuse of love.
Learning then the constancy of music and of mind,
now he takes seriously that visionary wood
where he saw his being and his future underfoot
and someone like me listening for a resolution....Read More

by Borges, Jorge Luis
I won't try to be so perfect,
I'll be more relaxed,
I'll be more full - than I am now,
In fact, I'll take fewer things seriously,
I'll be less hygenic,
I'll take more risks,
I'll take more trips,
I'll watch more sunsets,
I'll climb more mountains,
I'll swim more rivers,
I'll go to more places - I've never been,
I'll eat more ice creams and less (lime) beans,
I'll have more real problems - and less imaginary
I was one of those people who live
 prudent and prolific live...Read More

by Dillard, Annie
...nd with it the crane, as if 
the building were being lifted up off the ground
by its pigtail. It is hard to take it seriously.

The buildings are glowing with electricity; their evenly 
cut-out windows are like a stencil. Under awnings
the papers lie in heaps, delivered by trucks.
It is impossible to tear oneself away from this spectacle.

At midnight those leaving the theaters drink a last soda.
Puddles of rain stand cooling. Poor people scavenge ...Read More

by Gregory, Rg

the human race is privileged to be there)
the daisy knows everything there is to know

about not taking yourself too seriously - about 
relaxation and how to be naturally yogic

how to be part of the rough common stock
yet have a whiff of the immortal about you

a patch of such daisies growing artlessly
contains the dreams of all good health...Read More

by Hikmet, Nazim
...ond and above living,
 I mean living must be your whole occupation.
Living is no laughing matter:
 you must take it seriously,
 so much so and to such a degree
 that, for example, your hands tied behind your back,
 your back to the wall,
 or else in a laboratory
 in your white coat and safety glasses,
 you can die for people--
 even for people whose faces you've never seen,
 even though you know living
 is the most real, the most beautiful thing.
 I mean, you must tak...Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
...t to
they're so nice to have around.
they have a way of playing with
the balls
and looking at the cock very
turning it
tweeking it
examining each part
as their long hair falls on
your belly.
it's not the fucking and sucking
alone that reaches into a man
and softens him, it's the extras,
it's all the extras.
now it's raining tonight
and there's nobody
they are elsewhere
examining things
in new bedrooms
in new moods
or maybe in old
an...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...ud and fear.
Yet on our sorry selves be spent our most sardonic glee.
Oh don't pay life a compliment to take is seriously.
For he who can himself despise, be surgeon to the bone,
May win to worth in others' eyes, to wisdom in his own....Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...e white-wash’d church; 
Pleas’d with the earnest words of the sweating Methodist preacher, or any
 preacher—impress’d seriously at the camp-meeting: 
Looking in at the shop-windows of Broadway the whole forenoon—flatting the
 flesh of my nose on the thick plate-glass; 
Wandering the same afternoon with my face turn’d up to the clouds, 
My right and left arms round the sides of two friends, and I in the middle:
Coming home with the silent and dark-cheek’d bush-boy—(behi...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...she begged. But he
Refused, and being in a happy mood,
Twitted her with her inefficiency,
Then looking at her very seriously:
"I think, Charlotta, it is well to have
Always about one what a mother gave.
As she has taken the great pains to send
This jewel to you from Dresden, it will be
Ingratitude if you do not intend
To carry it about you constantly.
With her fine taste you cannot disagree,
The locket is most beautifully designed."
He opened it and there the...Read More

by Williams, William Carlos (WCW)
...heir faces 

It is summer, it is the solstice 
the crowd is 

cheering, the crowd is laughing 
in detail 

permanently, seriously 
without thought...Read More

by Eluard, Paul
...below -- jaws 
And scales and links 
Of a slippery, heavy chain 

Life was spread about generously 
So that death took seriously 
The debt it was paid without a thought 

Death was the God of love 
And the conquerors in a kiss 
Swooned upon their victims 
Corruption gained courage 

And yet, beneath the red sky 
Under the appetites for blood 
Under the dismal starvation 
The cavern closed 

The kind earth filled 
The graves dug in advance 
Children were no longer afraid 
Of ...Read More

by Gregory, Rg
...when the doctor came on a monday
he looked at my mother and said
there's something seriously wrong here -
she's had a stroke - she's almost dead

it must have happened on thursday
why wasn't i told before
the busy rest home shook its head
we thought she was drowsy - nothing more

she only came to us a week ago
she was angry and violent and bitter
we drugged her some and settled her down
then she started to joke and chatter

it was thursday...Read More

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