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Famous Skirling Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Lowell, Amy
and a long sliver
Of caked and slobbered foam crept up the bank. All through 
the garden, drifts of skirling leaves
Blew up, and settled down, and blew again. The 
cherry-trees were weaves
Of empty, knotted branches, and a dank
Mist hid the house, mouldy it smelt and rank
With sodden wood, and still unfalling rain.

Eunice paced up and down. No joy she 
took At meeting Gervase, but the custom grown
Still held her. He was late. She s...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...aint Andrew's Ball.
Yon squakin' saxophone gives me the syncopated gripes.
I'm sick of jazz, I want to hear the skirling of the pipes."
"Alas! it's true," said Tam MacCall. "The young folk of to-day
Are fox-trot mad and dinna ken a reel from Strathspey.
Now, what we want's a kiltie lad, primed up wi' mountain dew,
To strut the floor at supper time, and play a lilt or two.
In all the North there's only one; of him I've heard them speak:
His name is Jock...Read More

by Lowell, Amy 
There is a wailing through the trees, a wailing of fear,
and after it laughter -- laughter -- laughter, skirling up to the 
black sky.
Lightning jags over the funeral procession. A heavy clap 
of thunder.
Then darkness and rain, and the sound of feet and wheels....Read More

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