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Famous Setter Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Sandburg, Carl
...EARLY May, after cold rain the sun baffling cold wind.
Irish setter pup finds a corner near the cellar door, all sun and no wind,
Cuddling there he crosses forepaws and lays his skull
Sideways on this pillow, dozing in a half-sleep,
Browns of hazel nut, mahogany, rosewood, played off against each other on his paws and head....Read More



by Morris, William
...how his teeth did dance,
His side sink in? as my knight cried and said:
'Slayer of unarm'd men, here is a chance! 

" `Setter of traps, I pray you guard your head,
By God I am so glad to fight with you,
Stripper of ladies, that my hand feels lead 

" `For driving weight; hurrah now! draw and do,
For all my wounds are moving in my breast,
And I am getting mad with waiting so.' 

"He struck his hands together o'er the beast,
Who fell down flat and grovell'd at his feet,
An...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...m! 
He'll never go next or near it. 

"But don't you worry -- just plunge across, 
For he swims like a well-trained setter. 
Then hide away in the scrub and gorse 
The rest will be far ahead, of course -- 
The further ahead the better. 

"You must rush the jumps in the last half-round 
For fear that he might refuse 'em; 
He'll try to baulk with you, I'11 be bound; 
Take whip and spurs to the mean old hound, 
And don't be afraid to use 'em. 

"At the final roun...Read More

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