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Famous Shirked Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler this spot
To make it a bit more sweet, 
How soon we could gladden the world, 
How easily right all wrong, 
If nobody shirked, and each one worked
To help his fellows along! 

Cease wondering why you came –
Stop looking for faults and flaws; 
Rise up to-day in your pride and say, 
‘I am part of the First Great Cause! 
However full the world, 
There is room for an earnest man.
It had need of me, or I would not be –
I am here to strengthen the plan.’...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...hey fired as we jumped, but they missed me -- a bullet sang close to my ear -- 
And the jump gained us ground, for they shirked it: but I saw as we raced through the gap 
That the rails at the homestead were fastened -- I was caught like a rat in a trap. 
Fenced with barbed wire was the paddock -- barbed wire that would cut like a knife -- 
How was a youngster to clear it that never had jumped in his life? 

Bang went a rifle behind me -- the colt gave a spring, he was hi...Read More

by Nash, Ogden
...ocean galore within reach,
And nothing at all to be done!
 No letters to answer,
 No bills to be burned,
 No work to be shirked,
 No cash to be earned,
It is pleasant to sit on the beach
With nothing at all to be done!

How pleasant to look at the ocean,
Democratic and damp; indiscriminate;
It fills me with noble emotion
To think I am able to swim in it.
 To lave in the wave,
 Majestic and chilly,
 Tomorrow I crave;
 But today it is silly.
It is pleasant to look at th...Read More

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