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Famous Seye Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)
...t, and prayed hym there
That he wolde lyste his lyf and lern hym better
How his sawle schulde be saued when he schuld seye hethen.
There he schrof hym schyrly and schewed his mysdedez,
Of the more and the mynne, and merci besechez,
And of absolucioun he on the segge calles;
And he asoyled hym surely and sette hym so clene
As domezday schulde haf ben diyght on the morn.
And sythen he mace hym as mery among the fre ladyes,
With comlych caroles and alle kynnes i...Read More



by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...nye
Gan for to syke, or lete his eyen bayten
On any woman that he coude aspye;
He wolde smyle, and holden it folye,
And seye him thus, 'god wot, she slepeth softe 
For love of thee, whan thou tornest ful ofte!

'I have herd told, pardieux, of your livinge,
Ye lovers, and your lewede observaunces,
And which a labour folk han in winninge
Of love, and, in the keping, which doutaunces; 
And whan your preye is lost, wo and penaunces;
O verrey foles! nyce and blinde be ye;
Ther nis...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...er thank ne blame 
Of al this werk, but prey yow mekely,
Disblameth me if any word be lame,
For as myn auctor seyde, so seye I.
Eek though I speke of love unfelingly,
No wondre is, for it no-thing of newe is; 
A blind man can nat Iuggen wel in hewis.

Ye knowe eek, that in forme of speche is chaunge
With-inne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh hem; and yet they spake hem so, 
And spedde as wel in love as men now ...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...cius.


 Lay al this mene whyle Troilus, 
Recordinge his lessoun in this manere,
'Ma fey!' thought he, 'Thus wole I seye and thus;
Thus wole I pleyne unto my lady dere;
That word is good, and this shal be my chere;
This nil I not foryeten in no wyse.' 
God leve him werken as he can devyse!

And, lord, so that his herte gan to quappe,
Heringe hir come, and shorte for to syke!
And Pandarus, that ledde hir by the lappe,
Com ner, and gan in at the curtin pyke, 
And seyde,...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...pollo hath me told it feithfully;
I have eek founde it be astronomye, 
By sort, and by augurie eek trewely,
And dar wel seye, the tyme is faste by,
That fyr and flaumbe on al the toun shal sprede;
And thus shal Troye turne to asshen dede.

'For certeyn, Phebus and Neptunus bothe, 
That makeden the walles of the toun,
Ben with the folk of Troye alwey so wrothe,
That thei wol bringe it to confusioun,
Right in despyt of king Lameadoun.
By-cause he nolde payen hem hir hyr...Read More



by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...e, 
To take hir by the honde al sobrely.
And lord! So she gan wepen tendrely!
And he ful softe and sleighly gan hir seye,
'Now hold your day, and dooth me not to deye.'

With that his courser torned he a-boute 
With face pale, and un-to Diomede
No word he spak, ne noon of al his route;
Of which the sone of Tydeus took hede,
As he that coude more than the crede
In swich a craft, and by the reyne hir hente; 
And Troilus to Troye homwarde he wente.

This Diomede, tha...Read More

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