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Famous Sonsie Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...FAIR fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
 Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’a grace
 As lang’s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin was help to mend a mill
 In time o’need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
 Like amber bead.

His knife see...Read More

by Burns, Robert
’Till on that har’st I said before,
May partner in the merry core,
 She rous’d the forming strain;
I see her yet, the sonsie quean,
 That lighted up my jingle,
Her witching smile, her pawky een
 That gart my heart-strings tingle;
 I firèd, inspired,
 At every kindling keek,
 But bashing, and dashing,
 I fearèd aye to speak.

Health to the sex! ilk guid chiel says:
Wi’ merry dance in winter days,
 An’ we to share in common;
The gust o’ joy, the balm of woe,
The saul o’ ...Read More

by Burns, Robert
 And helps his wit.

There’s naething like the honest nappy;
Whare’ll ye e’er see men sae happy,
Or women sonsie, saft an’ sappy,
 ’Tween morn and morn,
As them wha like to taste the drappie,
 In glass or horn?

I’ve seen me dazed upon a time,
I scarce could wink or see a styme;
Just ae half-mutchkin does me prime,—
 Ought less is little—
Then back I rattle on the rhyme,
 As gleg’s a whittle.

 Note 1. The Rev. J. Russell, Kilmarnock.—R.Read More

by Burns, Robert
...ur minnie:
Tho’ ye was trickie, slee, an’ funnie,
 Ye ne’er was donsie;
But hamely, tawie, quiet, an’ cannie,
 An’ unco sonsie.

That day, ye pranc’d wi’ muckle pride,
When ye bure hame my bonie bride:
An’ sweet an’ gracefu’ she did ride,
 Wi’ maiden air!
Kyle-Stewart I could bragged wide
 For sic a pair.

Tho’ now ye dow but hoyte and hobble,
An’ wintle like a saumont coble,
That day, ye was a jinker noble,
 For heels an’ win’!
An’ ran them till they a’ did wauble,...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...ade lang syne,—Lord knows how lang.
 He was a gash an’ faithfu’ tyke,
As ever lap a sheugh or dyke.
His honest, sonsie, baws’nt face
Aye gat him friends in ilka place;
His breast was white, his touzie back
Weel clad wi’ coat o’ glossy black;
His gawsie tail, wi’ upward curl,
Hung owre his hurdie’s wi’ a swirl.
 Nae doubt but they were fain o’ ither,
And unco pack an’ thick thegither;
Wi’ social nose whiles snuff’d an’ snowkit;
Whiles mice an’ moudieworts they howk...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...I ken the deevils darena touch me.
Wi’ weans I’m mair than weel contented,
Heav’n sent me ane mae than I wanted!
My sonsie, smirking, dear-bought Bess,
She stares the daddy in her face,
Enough of ought ye like but grace;
But her, my bonie, sweet wee lady,
I’ve paid enough for her already;
An’ gin ye tax her or her mither,
By the L—d, ye’se get them a’ thegither!

 And now, remember, Mr. Aiken,
Nae kind of licence out I’m takin:
Frae this time forth, I do declare
I’se...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...or two,
And ever and anon he poured
His guest a glass of Mountain Dew.

Then to his maid the Laird gave tongue:
"My sonsie Jean, my friend is old.
Comparatively you are young,
And not so sensitive to cold.
Poor chiel! His blood austerely beats,
Though it be sped by barley bree . . .
Slip half an hour between the sheets,
Brave lass, and warm his bed a wee.

Said she: "I'll do the best I can
So that his couch may cosy be,
And as a human warming pan
P...Read More

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