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Famous Sevens Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Kipling, Rudyard
...When I found I could not go.

Half the night I watched the Heavens
 Fizz like '81 champagne --
Fly to sixes and to sevens,
 Wheel and thunder back again;
And when all was peace and order
 Save one planet nailed askew,
Much I wept because my warder
 Would not let me sit it true.

After frenzied hours of wating,
 When the Earth and Skies were dumb,
Pealed an awful voice dictating
 An interminable sum,
Changing to a tangle story --
 "What she said you said I said" --
Ti...Read More



by Bronte, Charlotte
...where I was expected? Did I have at hand
the right denominations of stamps,
or did I make a childish quilt of ones and sevens?
Ah yes, they will have to cancel me twice.
Once to make my words worthless.
Once more to stop me from writing....Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...goaded hot with nothing done, 
And each accoutred with a curse, 
The friends of Old King Cole, by twos, 
And fours, and sevens, and elevens,
Pronounced unalterable views 
Of doings that were not of heaven’s. 

And having learned again whereby 
Their baleful zeal had come about, 
King Cole met many a wrathful eye
So kindly that its wrath went out— 
Or partly out. Say what they would, 
He seemed the more to court their candor; 
But never told what kind of good 
Was in A...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...wind down the dip, 
And over the rise by the garden 
The jockey was done with the whip. 
The field was at sixes and sevens -- 
The pace at the first had been fast -- 
And hope seemed to drop from the heavens, 
For Pardon was coming at last. 

And how he did come! It was splendid; 
He gained on them yards every bound, 
Stretching out like a greyhound extended, 
His girth laid right down on the ground. 
A shimmer of silk in the cedars 
As into the running they wheel...Read More

by Milton, John
...isions laid in large, 
For man and beast: when lo, a wonder strange! 
Of every beast, and bird, and insect small, 
Came sevens, and pairs; and entered in as taught 
Their order: last the sire and his three sons, 
With their four wives; and God made fast the door. 
Mean while the south-wind rose, and, with black wings 
Wide-hovering, all the clouds together drove 
From under Heaven; the hills to their supply 
Vapour, and exhalation dusk and moist, 
Sent up amain; and now t...Read More



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