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Famous Skipping Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
...s, the
 Brazos, the
 Tombigbee, the Red River, the Saskatchawan, or the Osage, I with the spring waters
 skipping and running;
Northward, on the sands, on some shallow bay of Paumanok, I, with parties of snowy herons
 wading in
 the wet to seek worms and aquatic plants; 
Retreating, triumphantly twittering, the king-bird, from piercing the crow with its bill,
 amusement—And I triumphantly twittering; 
The migrating flock of wild geese alighting in autumn t...Read More

by Tebb, Barry

Ten in the binyard

Touching her ****,

Her ****, her bum,

Margaret joined in

Chanting in unison.


The skipping rope

Turned faster

And faster, slapping

The hot pavement,

Margaret skipped

In rhythm, never

Missing a beat,

Lifting the pleat

Of her skirt

Whirling and twirling.


Giggling and red

Margaret said

In a whisper

“When we were

Playing at Nancy’s

She pushed a spill

Of paper up her


She said she’d

Let you watch

I...Read More

by Lowell, Robert
...for mouse,
Mud for teh armored Diesel fishing tubs that thud
A year and a day to wind and tide; the dust
Is on this skipping heart that shakes my house,

House of our Savior who was hanged till death.
My heart, beat faster, faster. In Black Mud
Stephen the martyre was broken down to blood:
Our ransom is the rubble of his death.

Christ walks on the black water. In Black Mud
Darts the kingfisher. On Corpus Christi, heart,
Over the drum-beat of ...Read More

by Browning, Robert
Flower o' the thyme--and so on. Round they went. 
Scarce had they turned the corner when a titter 
Like the skipping of rabbits by moonlight,--three slim shapes, 
And a face that looked up . . . zooks, sir, flesh and blood, 
That's all I'm made of! Into shreds it went, 
Curtain and counterpane and coverlet, 
All the bed-furniture--a dozen knots, 
There was a ladder! Down I let myself, 
Hands and feet, scrambling somehow, and so dropped, 
And after them...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Then Tristram, waiting for the quip to come,
"Good now, what music have I broken, fool?"
And little Dagonet, skipping, "Arthur, the King's;
For when thou playest that air with Queen Isolt,
Thou makest broken music with thy bride,
Her daintier namesake down in Brittany--
And so thou breakest Arthur's music, too."
"Save for that broken music in thy brains,
Sir Fool," said Tristram, "I would break thy head.
Fool, I came late, the heathen wars were o'er,
The li...Read More

by Masters, Edgar Lee
(Like Rile Potter used to sing it over at Concord);
For cards, or for Rev. Peet's lecture on the holy land;
For skipping the light fantastic, or passing the plate;
For Pinafore, or a Sunday school cantata;
For men, or for money;
For the people or against them.
This was it:
Rev. Peet and the Social Purity Club,
Headed by Ben Pantier's wife,
Went to the Village trustees,
And asked them to make me take Dom Pedro
From the barn of Wash McNeely, there at the edge of...Read More

by Nemerov, Howard
...e, an integer
Fixed in the middle of the fall of things,
Perfected and casual as to a child's eye
Soap bubbles are, and skipping stones....Read More

by Frost, Robert
...ot it started,
He dodged a log that lifted like an arm
Against the sky to break his back for him,
Then came in dancing, skipping with his life
Across the roar and chaos, and the words 
We saw him say along the zigzag journey
Were doubtless as the words we heard him say
On coming nearer: "Wasn't she an i-deal
Son-of-a-*****? You bet she was an i-deal."

For all her mountains fall a little short,
Her people not quite short enough for Art,
She's still New Hampshire; a most r...Read More

by Clare, John

When jumping time away on old cross berry way
And eating awes like sugar plumbs ere they had lost the may
And skipping like a leveret before the peep of day
On the rolly polly up and downs of pleasant swordy well
When in round oaks narrow lane as the south got black again
We sought the hollow ash that was shelter from the rain
With our pockets full of peas we had stolen from the grain
How delicious was the dinner time on such a showry day
O words are poor receipts f...Read More

by Aiken, Conrad
...shed bough, 
Strewing purple on a cobwebbed lawn, 
Dancing, dancing, 
The long red sun-rays glancing 
On flailing arms, skipping with hideous knees 
Cavorting grotesque ecstasies: 
I do not see him, but I see the lilacs fall, 
I hear the scrape of knuckles against the wall, 
The leaves are tossed and tremble where he plunges among them, 
And I hear the sound of his breath, 
Sharp and whistling, the rythm of death.

It is evening: the lights on a long street balance and sw...Read More

by Arnold, Matthew
...ry thy feints
And cunning! all the pity I had is gone;
Because thou hast shamed me before both the hosts
With thy light skipping tricks, and thy girl's wiles." 

He spoke, and Sohrab kindled at his taunts, 
And he too drew his sword; at once they rush'd
Together, as two eagles on one prey
Come rushing down together from the clouds,
One from the east, one from the west; their shields
Dash'd with a clang together, and a din
Rose, such as that the sinewy woodcutters
Make oft...Read More

by Bible, The
...e, till he please.

22:002:008 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the
           mountains, skipping upon the hills.

22:002:009 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth
           behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing
           himself through the lattice.

22:002:010 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair
           one, and come away.

22:002:011 For, lo, the w...Read More

by Whitman, Walt shapes—masculine trades, sights and sounds; 
Long varied train of an emblem, dabs of music; 
Fingers of the organist skipping staccato over the keys of the great organ. 

Welcome are all earth’s lands, each for its kind;
Welcome are lands of pine and oak; 
Welcome are lands of the lemon and fig; 
Welcome are lands of gold; 
Welcome are lands of wheat and maize—welcome those of the grape; 
Welcome are lands of sugar and rice;
Welcome the cotton-lands—welcome those of ...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...lown dust,
thrust along with the crowd. Proud to feel the pavement 
under me,
reeling with feet. Feet tripping, skipping, lagging, 
plodding doggedly, or springing up and advancing on firm elastic 
A boy is selling papers, I smell them clean and new from the press.
They are fresh like the air, and pungent as tulips and narcissus.
The blue sky pales to lemon, and great tongues 
of gold blind the shop-windows,
putting out their contents in...Read More

by Sassoon, Siegfried
...his heart thanksgiving leapt and burned. 
There shone the blue serene, the prosperous land,
Trees, cows and hedges; skipping these, he scanned 
Large, friendly names, that change not with the year, 
Lung Tonic, Mustard, Liver Pills and Beer....Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...ness. The minutes drew
To fractions. Then the west wind blew
The sound of a bell,
On a gusty swell.
It came skipping over the slates of the roof,
And the bright bell-notes seemed a reproof
To grief, in the eye of so fair a day.
The Abbess, comforted, ceased to pray.
And the sun lit the flowers
In Clotilde's Book of Hours.
It glistened the green of the Virgin's dress
And made the red spots, in a flushed excess,
Pulse and start; and the violet wings
Of t...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...slanted through the window,
They lay like coloured beads a-row,
They knocked together and parted,
And started to dance,
Skipping, tripping, each one slipping
Under and over the others so
That the polychrome fire streamed like a lance
Or a comet's tail,
Behind them.
Then a wail arose -- crescendo --
And dropped from off the end of the bow,
And the dancing stopped.
A scent of lilies filled the room,
Long and slow. Each large white bloom
Breathed a sound which was ho...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Then Tristram, waiting for the quip to come, 
`Good now, what music have I broken, fool?' 
And little Dagonet, skipping, `Arthur, the King's; 
For when thou playest that air with Queen Isolt, 
Thou makest broken music with thy bride, 
Her daintier namesake down in Brittany-- 
And so thou breakest Arthur's music too.' 
`Save for that broken music in thy brains, 
Sir Fool,' said Tristram, `I would break thy head. 
Fool, I came too late, the heathen wars were o'...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...ll the little boys and girls,
With rosy cheeks and flaxen curls,
And sparkling eyes and teeth like pearls,
Tripping and skipping, ran merrily after
The wonderful music with shouting and laughter.

The Mayor was dumb, and the Council stood
As if they were changed into blocks of wood,
Unable to move a step, or cry
To the children merrily skipping by— 
And could only follow with the eye
That joyous crowd at the Piper's back.
But how the Mayor was on the rack,
And the wre...Read More

by Herbert, George
...tale is told.
'My God, my God, why dost thou part from me? '
Was such a grief as cannot be.
Shall I then sing, skipping, thy doleful story, 
And side with thy triumphant glory? 
Shall thy strokes be my stroking? thorns, my flower? 
Thy rod, my posy? cross, my bower? 
But how then shall I imitate thee, and
Copy thy fair, though bloody hand? 
Surely I will revenge me on thy love, 
And try who shall victorious prove.
If thou dost give me wealth, I will restore
All b...Read More

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