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Famous Small World Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Lanier, Sidney
Bright sparkle-revelations, secret majesties,
Shells, wrecks and wealths, are mine; yea, Orange-trees,
That lift your small world-systems in the light,
Rich sets of round green heavens studded bright
With globes of fruit that like still planets shine,
Mine is your green-gold universe; yea, mine,
White slender Lighthouse fainting to the eye
That wait'st on yon keen cape-point wistfully,
Like to some maiden spirit pausing pale,
New-wing'd, yet fain to sail
Above the serene Gu...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton a moment's length 
To the life of the stream that will run for ever. 
And so it comes that they take no part 
In small world worries; each hardy rover 
Rides like a paladin, light of heart, 
With the plains around and the blue sky over. 
And up in the heavens the brown lark sings 
The songs the strange wild land has taught her; 
Full of thanksgiving her sweet song rings -- 
And I wish I were back by the Grey Gulf-water....Read More

by Aiken, Conrad
Under the snow. 


It is night time, and cold, and snow is falling, 
And no wind grieves the walls. 
In the small world of light around the arc-lamp 
A swarm of snowflakes falls and falls. 
The street grows silent. The last stranger passes. 
The sound of his feet, in the snow, is indistinct.

What forgotten sadness is it, on a night like this, 
Takes possession of my heart? 
Why do I think of a camellia tree in a southern garden, 
With pink blossom...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...lulling random squabbles when they rise, 
Chafferings and chatterings at the market-cross, 
Rejoice, small man, in this small world of mine, 
Yea, even in their hens and in their eggs-- 
O brother, saving this Sir Galahad, 
Came ye on none but phantoms in your quest, 
No man, no woman?' 

Then Sir Percivale: 
`All men, to one so bound by such a vow, 
And women were as phantoms. O, my brother, 
Why wilt thou shame me to confess to thee 
How far I faltered from my quest and...Read More

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