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Famous Slovenly Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Graves, Robert
...ty also, you and I,
Whom Gallic spear and Belgian arrow miss, 
Who live to see the Legion come to this, 
Unsoldierlike, slovenly, bent on loot, 
Grumblers, diseased, unskilled to thrust or shoot. 
O, brown cheek, muscled shoulder, sturdy thigh!
Where are they now? God! watch it struggle by, 
The sullen pack of ragged ugly swine. 
Is that the Legion, Gracchus? Quick, the wine!” 
“Strabo,” said Gracchus, “you are strange tonight. 
The Legion is the Legion; it’s all ...Read More

by Stevens, Wallace
...I placed a jar in Tennessee, 
And round it was, upon a hill. 
It made the slovenly wilderness 
Surround that hill. 

The wilderness rose up to it, 
And sprawled around, no longer wild. 
The jar was round upon the ground 
And tall and of a port in air. 

It took dominion every where. 
The jar was gray and bare. 
It did not give of bird or bush, 
Like nothing else in Tennessee....Read More

by St Vincent Millay, Edna
...s hand upon her torn black hair;
("Little dirty Latin child, let the lady by!")

The women squatting on the stoops were slovenly and fat,
(Lay me out in organdie, lay me out in lawn!)
And everywhere I stepped there was a baby or a cat;
(Lord, God in Heaven, will it never be dawn?)

The fruit-carts and clam-carts were ribald as a fair,
(Pink nets and wet shells trodden under heel)
She had haggled from the fruit-man of his rotting ware;
(I shall never get to sleep, the way I fe...Read More

by Dryden, John
A tyrant theirs; the heaven their priesthood paints 
A conventicle of gloomy sullen saints; 
A heaven, like Bedlam, slovenly and sad, 
Foredoomed for souls with false religion mad. 

Without a vision poets can foreshow 
What all but fools by common sense may know: 
If true succession from our Isle should fail, 
And crowds profane with impious arms prevail, 
Not thou nor those thy factious arts engage 
Shall reap that harvest of rebellious rage, 
With which thou flatte...Read More

by Lawrence, D. H.
...he brunt
Of the books that lie out on the desks: a full three score
Of several insults of blotted page and scrawl
Of slovenly work that they have offered me.
I am sick, and tired more than any thrall
Upon the woodstacks working weariedly.

                                And shall I take
The last dear fuel and heap it on my soul
Till I rouse my will like a fire to consume
Their dross of indifference, and burn the scroll
Of their insults in punishment?--I will not!
...Read More

by Hardy, Thomas
...the rippling Froom; till she cried:

"O my chamber's untidied, unmade my bed,
Though the day has begun to wear!
'What a slovenly hussif!' it will be said,
When they all go up my stair!"

She disappeared; and the joker stood
Depressed by his neighbor's doom,
And amazed that a wife struck to widowhood
Thought first of her unkempt room.

But a fortnight thence she could take no food,
And she pined in a slow decay;
While Kit soon lost his mournful mood
And laughed in his anci...Read More

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