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Famous Sideways Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...llow-beaten mosses thud 
And tremble, and then the shadow of a spear, 
Shot from behind him, ran along the ground. 
Sideways he started from the path, and saw, 
With pointed lance as if to pierce, a shape, 
A light of armour by him flash, and pass 
And vanish in the woods; and followed this, 
But all so blind in rage that unawares 
He burst his lance against a forest bough, 
Dishorsed himself, and rose again, and fled 
Far, till the castle of a King, the hall 
Of Pellam, ...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...-hair make up a painting brush? 
We come to brother Lippo for all that, 
Iste perfecit opus! So, all smile-- 
I shuffle sideways with my blushing face 
Under the cover of a hundred wings 
Thrown like a spread of kirtles when you're gay 
And play hot cockles, all the doors being shut, 
Till, wholly unexpected, in there pops 
The hothead husband! Thus I scuttle off 
To some safe bench behind, not letting go 
The palm of her, the little lily thing 
That spoke the good word for m...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...Leading the horse, and they were left alone. 

But when the Prince had brought his errant eyes 
Home from the rock, sideways he let them glance 
At Enid, where she droopt: his own false doom, 
That shadow of mistrust should never cross 
Betwixt them, came upon him, and he sighed; 
Then with another humorous ruth remarked 
The lusty mowers labouring dinnerless, 
And watched the sun blaze on the turning scythe, 
And after nodded sleepily in the heat. 
But she, rememberi...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...e of his childhood,
From the homes of those who knew him,
Passing silent through the forest,
Like a smoke-wreath wafted sideways,
Slowly vanished Chibiabos!
Where he passed, the branches moved not,
Where he trod, the grasses bent not,
And the fallen leaves of last year
Made no sound beneath his footstep.
Four whole days he journeyed onward
Down the pathway of the dead men;
On the dead-man's strawberry feasted,
Crossed the melancholy river,
On the swinging log he crossed i...Read More

by Keats, John
...he did love  
And made sweet moan. 20 

'I set her on my pacing steed 
And nothing else saw all day long  
For sideways would she lean and sing 
A faery's song. 

'She found me roots of relish sweet 25 
And honey wild and manna dew  
And sure in language strange she said  
I love thee true!  

'She took me to her elfin grot  
And there she wept and sigh'd fill sore; 30 
And there I shut her wild wild eyes 
With kisses four. 

'And there she lull¨...Read More

by Collins, Billy
...enter of the universe,

the only true point of view,
is full of hope that he,
the hub of the cosmos
with his hair blown sideways,
will eventually make it all the way downtown....Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...without rest or pause, 
Till one, a hero, Hawkins unafraid 
Regained the ball, and later on displayed 
His nose knocked sideways in his country's cause. 

Before the mind quaint visions rise and fall, 
Old jokes, old students dead and gone: 
And some that lead us still, while some toil on 
As rank and file, but "Grammar" children all. 

And he, the pilot, who has laid the course 
For all to steer by, honest, unafraid -- 
Truth is his beacon light, so he has made 
The ...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
Her numbed love, which had slumbered unaware.

Under the orchard trees daffodils danced And 
jostled, turning sideways to the wind.
A dropping cherry petal softly glanced Over her hair, and slid 
away behind.
At the far end through twisted cherry-trees The old house glowed, 
geranium-hued, with bricks
Bloomed in the sun like roses, low and long, Gabled, 
and with quaint tricks
Of chimneys carved and fretted. Out of these
Grey smoke was shaken, which the ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord simple Christ to simple men,
Announced the coming doom, and fulminated
Against the scarlet woman and her creed:
For sideways up he swung his arms, and shriek'd
`Thus, thus with violence,' ev'n as if he held
The Apocalyptic millstone, and himself
Were that great Angel; `Thus with violence
Shall Babylon be cast into the sea;
Then comes the close.' The gentle-hearted wife
Sat shuddering at the ruin of a world;
He at his own: but when the wordy storm
Had ended, forth they...Read More

by Whitman, Walt moccasins and
 bead-bags for sale; 
The connoisseur peers along the exhibition-gallery with half-shut eyes bent
As the deck-hands make fast the steamboat, the plank is thrown for the
 shore-going passengers; 
The young sister holds out the skein, while the elder sister winds it off in a
 ball, and stops now and then for the knots; 
The one-year wife is recovering and happy, having a week ago borne her first
The clean-hair’d Yankee girl works ...Read More

by Tebb, Barry up in bed, planning to take the children

For a walk when Jimmy stopped looking at me, the pupils of his eyes rolled sideways,

His head lolled and he keeled over.”

The title of the reading was from Jimmy’s best collection

‘With Energy To Burn’

with energy to burn....Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...playing its part, and passing on; 
Another generation playing its part, and passing on in its turn, 
With faces turn’d sideways or backward towards me, to listen,
With eyes retrospective towards me, 

3Americanos! conquerors! marches humanitarian; 
Foremost! century marches! Libertad! masses! 
For you a programme of chants. 

Chants of the prairies;
Chants of the long-running Mississippi, and down to the Mexican sea; 
Chants of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin an...Read More

by Nash, Ogden

Another trick that tickled Jabez
Was crying 'Boo' at little babies.
He brushed his teeth, they said in town,
Sideways instead of up and down.
Yet people pardoned every sin,
And viewed his antics with a grin,
Till they were told by Jabez Dawes,
'There isn't any Santa Claus!'

Deploring how he did behave,
His parents swiftly sought their grave.
They hurried through the portals pearly,
And Jabez left the funeral early.

Like whooping cough, from child to...Read More

by Keats, John aright;
 As, supperless to bed they must retire,
 And couch supine their beauties, lily white;
 Nor look behind, nor sideways, but require
Of Heaven with upward eyes for all that they desire.

 Full of this whim was thoughtful Madeline:
 The music, yearning like a God in pain,
 She scarcely heard: her maiden eyes divine,
 Fix'd on the floor, saw many a sweeping train
 Pass by--she heeded not at all: in vain
 Came many a tiptoe, amorous cavalier,
 And back retir'd; not ...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard more deadly than the male.

When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man,
He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can.
But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
They prayed to be delivered from the vengeance of the squaws.
'Twas the women, not the warriors, turned those stark ent...Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
...rchief. She
came out with a long hatpin. Before I could stop her she had run this long hatpin through
her nose, sideways, just above the nostrils. I felt disgust and horror. She looked at me
and laughed, "Now do you think me pretty? What do you think now, man?" I pulled
the hatpin out and held my handkerchief over the bleeding. Several people, including the
bartender, had seen the act. The bartender came down: 
"Look," he said to Cass, "you act up agai...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...he was, 
Trailed himself up on one knee: then he drew 
Her robe to meet his lips, and down she looked 
At the armed man sideways, pitying as it seemed, 
Or self-involved; but when she learnt his face, 
Remembering his ill-omened song, arose 
Once more through all her height, and o'er him grew 
Tall as a figure lengthened on the sand 
When the tide ebbs in sunshine, and he said: 

'O fair and strong and terrible! Lioness 
That with your long locks play the Lion's mane! 
But Lo...Read More

by Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
...stride comes the dark;
With far-heard whisper, o'er the sea,
Off shot the spectre-bark.

We listened and looked sideways up!
Fear at my heart, as at a cup,
My life-blood seemed to sip!
The stars were dim, and thick the night,
The steersman's face by his lamp gleamed white;
From the sails the dew did drip--
Till clomb above the eastern bar
The horn'ed Moon, with one bright star
Within the nether tip.

One after one, by the star-dogged Moon,
Too quick for...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey the father"; the closing words of
the final benediction pronounced at Mass.

5. Askaunce: The word now means sideways or asquint; here it
means "as if;" and its force is probably to suggest that the
second friar, with an ostentatious stealthiness, noted down the
names of the liberal, to make them believe that they would be
remembered in the holy beggars' orisons.

6. A Godde's kichel/halfpenny: a little cake/halfpenny, given for
God's sake.

7. Harl...Read More

by Frost, Robert
...`You know Orion always comes up sideways.
Throwing a leg up over our fence of mountains,
And rising on his hands, he looks in on me
Busy outdoors by lantern-light with something
I should have done by daylight, and indeed,
After the ground is frozen, I should have done
Before it froze, and a gust flings a handful
Of waste leaves at my smoky lantern chimney
To make fun of my way of doing...Read More

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