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Famous Seriousness Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Lawrence, D. H.
...If you make a revolution, make it for fun,
don't make it in ghastly seriousness,
don't do it in deadly earnest,
do it for fun.

Don't do it because you hate people,
do it just to spit in their eye.

Don't do it for the money,
do it and be damned to the money.

Don't do it for equality,
do it because we've got too much equality
and it would be fun to upset the apple-cart
and see which way the apples would go a-rol...Read More



by Frost, Robert
...cede
Fool-like, and rolled his eyes as if to say
He saw himself a farmer. Then there was a French boy
Who said with seriousness that made them laugh,
“Ma friend, you ain’t know what it is you’re ask.”
He doffed his cap and held it with both hands
Across his chest to make as ’twere a bow:
“We’re giving you our chances on de farm.”
And then they all turned to with deafening boots
And put each other bodily out of the house.
“Goodby to them! We puzzle them. Th...Read More

by Hikmet, Nazim
...I

Living is no laughing matter:
 you must live with great seriousness
 like a squirrel, for example--
 I mean without looking for something beyond 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...Read More

by Koch, Kenneth
...is
 serious, in such windy weather,
 to be a sail
Or an open window, or a feather
 flying in the street...

Seriousness, how often I have
 thought of seriousness
And how little I have understood
 it, except this: serious is urgent
And it has to do with change. You
 say to the water,
It's not necessary to boil now,
 and you turn it off. It stops
Fidgeting. And starts to cool. You
 put your hand in it
And say, The water isn't serious
 any more. I...Read More

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