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Famous Sottish Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Hugo, Victor
...Alas! sad France is grown a cave for sleeping, 
 Which a worse night than Midnight holds in keeping, 
 Thou sleepest sottish—lost to life and fame— 
 While the stars stare on thee, and pale for shame. 
 Stir! rouse thee! Sit! if thou know'st not to rise; 
 Sit up, thou tortured sluggard! ope thine eyes! 
 Stretch thy brawn, Giant! Sleep is foul and vile! 
 Art fagged, art deaf, art dumb? art blind this while? 
 They lie who say so! Thou dost know and feel 
 The thin...Read More

by Milton, John
...r, lucid streams. 
He also against the house of God was bold: 
A leper once he lost, and gained a king-- 
Ahaz, his sottish conqueror, whom he drew 
God's altar to disparage and displace 
For one of Syrian mode, whereon to burn 
His odious offerings, and adore the gods 
Whom he had vanquished. After these appeared 
A crew who, under names of old renown-- 
Osiris, Isis, Orus, and their train-- 
With monstrous shapes and sorceries abused 
Fanatic Egypt and her priests t...Read More

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