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Famous Sloe Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...FROM the white-blossom’d sloe my dear Chloris requested
 A sprig, her fair breast to adorn:
No, by Heavens! I exclaim’d, let me perish, if ever
 I plant in that bosom a thorn!...Read More

by Muldoon, Paul
...I was making my way home late one night
this summer, when I staggered
into a snow drift.

Her eyes spoke of a sloe-year,
her mouth a year of haws.

Was she Aurora, or the goddess Flora,
Artemidora, or Venus bright,
or Anorexia, who left
a lemon stain on my flannel sheet?

It's all much of a muchness.

In Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital
a kidney machine
supports the latest hunger-striker
to have called off his fast, a saline
drip into his bag of brine.
...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...-shod alder from the wave, 
Came yews, a dismal coterie; 
Each pluck'd his one foot from the grave, 
Poussetting with a sloe-tree: 
Old elms came breaking from the vine, 
The vine stream'd out to follow, 
And, sweating rosin, plump'd the pine 
From many a cloudy hollow. 

And wasn't it a sight to see, 
When, ere his song was ended, 
Like some great landslip, tree by tree, 
The country-side descended; 
And shepherds from the mountain-eaves 
Look'd down, half-pleased, half-...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...erous** eye. *certainly **lascivious
Full small y-pulled were her browes two,
And they were bent*, and black as any sloe. *arched
She was well more *blissful on to see* *pleasant to look upon*
Than is the newe perjenete* tree; *young pear-tree
And softer than the wool is of a wether.
And by her girdle hung a purse of leather,
Tassel'd with silk, and *pearled with latoun*. *set with brass pearls*
In all this world to seeken up and down
There is no man so wise, ...Read More

by Laurence Dunbar, Paul
Lovingly lived we, the sons of one mother,
Mine was the sin, but I pray you not heed it.
Dark were her eyes as the sloe and they called me,
Called me with voice independent of breath.
God! how my heart beat; her beauty appalled me,
Dazed me, and drew to the sea-brink of death.
Lithe was her form like a willow. She beckoned,
What could I do save to follow and follow,
Nothing of right or result could be reckoned;
[Pg 212]...Read More

by Betjeman, John
In summer silver cool and still;
And there the Shade of Evil could
Stretch out at us from Shilla Mill.
Thick with sloe and blackberry, uneven in the light,
Lonely round the hedge, the heavy meadow was remote,
The oldest part of Cornwall was the wood as black as night,
And the pheasant and the rabbit lay torn open at the throat.

But when a storm was at its height,
And feathery slate was black in rain,
And tamarisks were hung with light
And golden sand was brown agai...Read More

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