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Famous Shepherdlike Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Spenser, Edmund Eagle rooting took, 
Till th' heaven itself opposing 'gainst her might, 
Her power to Peter's successor betook; 
Who shepherdlike, (as fates the same forseeing) 
Doth show, that all things turn to their first being. 


All that is perfect, which th' heaven beautifies; 
All that's imperfect, born below the moon; 
All that doth feed our spriits and our eyes; 
And all that doth consume our pleasures soon; 
All the mishap, the which our days outwears, 
All the good ha...Read More

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