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Famous Simon Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Pound, Ezra
...Simon Zelotes speaking after the Crucifixion.
Fere=Mate, Companion.

Ha' we lost the goodliest fere o' all
For the priests and the gallows tree?
Aye lover he was of brawny men,
O' ships and the open sea.

When they came wi' a host to take Our Man
His smile was good to see,
"First let these go!" quo' our Goodly Fere,
"Or I'll see ye damned," says ...Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...Come down, O Christ, and help me! reach Thy hand,
For I am drowning in a stormier sea
Than Simon on Thy lake of Galilee:
The wine of life is spilt upon the sand,
My heart is as some famine-murdered land
Whence all good things have perished utterly,
And well I know my soul in Hell must lie
If I this night before God's throne should stand.
'He sleeps perchance, or rideth to the chase,
Like Baal, when his prophets howled that name
From morn to no...Read More

by Yevtushenko, Yevgeny
...bitter end,
like a conscience-
 then nothing
can possibly overthrow poetry. 

Translated by Arthur Boyars amd Simon Franklin...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Then another phantom is seen
At her side, in a gray gabardine,
With beard that floats to his waist;
It is Simon Magus, the Seer;
He speaks, and she pauses to hear
The words he utters in haste. 

He says: "From this evil fame,
From this life of sorrow and shame,
I will lift thee and make thee mine;
Thou hast been Queen Candace,
And Helen of Troy, and shalt be
The Intelligence Divine!" 

Oh, sweet as the breath of morn,
To the fallen and forlorn
Are whispered ...Read More

by Yevtushenko, Yevgeny
...inted horses, gladly exchange, 
for one reminder of life, 
all its memories. 

Translated by Arthur Boyars amd Simon Franklin...Read More

by Tebb, Barry
...To Simon Jenner

NO ARMITAGE (I’d like to see his rage)

NO DUHIG (one dig long overdue)

NO GREENLAW (M & S might sue)

NO IMLAH (ditto the TLS)


(Tuma’s not haggis-crazy)

NO CONSTANTINE (who’ll miss his donnish whine?)

NO LONGLEY (the QMP tick didn’t do the trick)

NO PORTER (long overdue for slaughter)


by Milton, John
...n of God, declared,
And on that high authority had believed,
And with him talked, and with him lodged—I mean
Andrew and Simon, famous after known,
With others, though in Holy Writ not named—
Now missing him, their joy so lately found,
So lately found and so abruptly gone, 
Began to doubt, and doubted many days,
And, as the days increased, increased their doubt.
Sometimes they thought he might be only shewn,
And for a time caught up to God, as once
Moses was in the Mount a...Read More

by Nash, Ogden
Did Wodehouse write Wooster, or Wooster Wodehouse?
Bertram Wodehouse and PG Wooster,
They are linked in my mind like Simon and Schuster.

No matter which fumbled in '41,
Or which the woebegone figure of fun.
I deduce how the faux pas came about,
It was clearly Jeeves's afternoon out.

Now Jeeves is back, and my cheeks are crumply
From watching him glide through Steeple Bumpleigh....Read More

by Tebb, Barry
...d Maggie Allen

Sent me the only Valentine I’ve had in sixty years

These two do know my longings and my fears,

Dear Simon Jenner, Eratica’s erratic editor, your speech

So like the staccato of a bren, yet loaded

With a lifetime’s hard-won ken of poetry’s obscurest corners.

I salute David Wright, that ‘difficult deaf son’

Of the sixties, acknowledged my own youthful spasm of enthusiasm

But Simon you must share the honour with Jimmy Keery,

Of whom I will admit I’m ...Read More

by Cullen, Countee
...He never spoke a word to me,
And yet He called my name;
He never gave a sign to me,
And yet I knew and came. 
At first I said, "I will not bear
His cross upon my back;
He only seeks to place it there
Because my skin is black."

But He was dying for a dream,
And He was very meek,
And in His eyes there shone a gleam
Men journey far to seek.

It w...Read More

by Goose, Mother
...Simple Simon met a pieman,    Going to the fair;Says Simple Simon to the pieman,    "Let me taste your ware."Says the pieman to Simple Simon,    "Show me first your penny,"Says Simple Simon to the pieman,    "Indeed, I have not any."Simple Simon w...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...SONNET LVII. Per mirar Policleto a prova fiso. ON THE PORTRAIT OF LAURA PAINTED BY SIMON MEMMI.  Had Policletus seen her, or the restWho, in past time, won honour in this art,A thousand years had but the meaner partShown of the beauty which o'ercame my breast.Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...[Pg 81] SONNET LVIII. Quando giunse a Simon l' alto concetto. HE DESIRES ONLY THAT MEMMI HAD BEEN ABLE TO IMPART SPEECH TO HIS PORTRAIT OF LAURA.  When, at my word, the high thought fired his mind,Within that master-hand which placed the pen,Had ...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel

(To be read in your own variety of ***** dialect.)

Legree's big house was white and green.
His cotton-fields were the best to be seen.
He had strong horses and opulent cattle,
And bloodhounds bold, with chains that would rattle.
His garret was full of curious things:
Books of magic, bags of gold,
And rabbits' feet on long twin...Read More

by Wordsworth, William
...sp; His angry spirit healed and harmonized  By the benignant touch of love and beauty. SIMON LEE, THE OLD HUNTSMAN,   With an incident in which he was concerned.   In the sweet shire of Cardigan,  Not far from pleasant Ivor-hall,  An old man dwells, a little man,  I've heard he once was tall.  Of years he has upon his back,  No...Read More

by Murray, Les
...hain saw.
Not harming the official. Sprawl is never brutal,
though it's often intransigent. Sprawl is never Simon de Montfort
at a town-storming: Kill them all! God will know His own.
Knowing the man's name this was said to might be sprawl. 

Sprawl occurs in art. The fifteenth to twenty-first
lines in a sonnet, for example. And in certain paintings.
I have sprawl enough to have forgotten which paintings.
Turner's glorious Burning of the Ho...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...ohn knew the way, him needed not no guide,
And at the mill the sack adown he lay'th.

Alein spake first; "All hail, Simon, in faith,
How fares thy faire daughter, and thy wife."
"Alein, welcome," quoth Simkin, "by my life,
And John also: how now, what do ye here?"
"By God, Simon," quoth John, "need has no peer*. *equal
Him serve himself behoves that has no swain*, *servant
Or else he is a fool, as clerkes sayn.
Our manciple I hope* he will be dead, *expect
So ...Read More

by Herbert, George
They carry me to my most bitter cross: 
Was ever grief like mine? 

My cross I bear my self, until I faint: 
Then Simon bears it for me by constraint, 
The decreed burden of each mortal Saint: 
Was ever grief like mine? 

O all ye who pass by, behold and see; 
Man stole the fruit, but I must climb the tree; 
The tree of life to all, but only me: 
Was ever grief like mine? 

Lo, here I hang, charg'd with a world of sin, 
The greater world o' th' two; for that came in
By ...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...nger doth thee all too sore smart;* *pain
But shew to me all thy confession."
"Nay," quoth the sicke man, "by Saint Simon
I have been shriven* this day of my curate; *confessed
I have him told all wholly mine estate.
Needeth no more to speak of it, saith he,
But if me list of mine humility."
"Give me then of thy good to make our cloister,"
Quoth he, "for many a mussel and many an oyster,
When other men have been full well at ease,
Hath been our food, our cloister ...Read More

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