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Famous Sparely Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...are covered wi’ snaw,
 I’m sure it’s winter fairly.


The birds sit chittering in the thorn,
 A’ day they fare but sparely;
And lang’s the night frae e’en to morn—
 I’m sure it’s winter fairly.
 Up in the morning’s, &c....Read More



by Burns, Robert
...impudence protects you sairly;
I canna say but ye strunt rarely,
 Owre gauze and lace;
Tho’, faith! I fear ye dine but sparely
 On sic a place.


Ye ugly, creepin, blastit wonner,
Detested, shunn’d by saunt an’ sinner,
How daur ye set your fit upon her—
 Sae fine a lady?
Gae somewhere else and seek your dinner
 On some poor body.


Swith! in some beggar’s haffet squattle;
There ye may creep, and sprawl, and sprattle,
Wi’ ither kindred, jumping cattle,
 In shoals and ...Read More

by Milton, John
...s low where the milde whispers use, 
Of shades and wanton winds, and gushing brooks, 
On whose fresh lap the swart Star sparely looks, 
Throw hither all your quaint enameld eyes, 
That on the green terf suck the honied showres, 
And purple all the ground with vernal flowres. 
Bring the rathe Primrose that forsaken dies. 
The tufted Crow-toe, and pale Gessamine, 
The white Pink, and the Pansie freakt with jeat, 
The glowing Violet. 
The Musk-rose, and the well atti...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...away---nor cog nor cozen!
You five, that were thieves, deserve it fairly;
You seven, that were beggars, will live less sparely;
You took your turn and dipped in the hat,
Got fortune---and fortune gets you; mind that!

VII.

Give your first groan---compunction's at work;
And soft! from a Jew you mount to a Turk.
Lo, Micah,---the selfsame beard on chin
He was four times already converted in!
Here's a knife, clip quick---it's a sign of grace---
Or he ruins us all with h...Read More

by Milton, John
...s low, where the mild whispers use
Of shades, and wanton winds, and gushing brooks,
On whose fresh lap the swart star sparely looks,
Throw hither all your quaint enamelled eyes,
That on the green turf suck the honeyed showers,
And purple all the ground with vernal flowers.
Bring the rathe primrose that forsaken dies,
The tufted crow-toe, and pale jessamine,
The white pink, and the pansy freaked with jet,
The glowing violet,
The musk-rose, and the well-attired wo...Read More



by Carroll, Lewis
...hastily
To such conclusions jump.

"Such epithets, like pepper,
Give zest to what you write,
And, if you strew them sparely,
They whet the appetite:
But if you lay them on too thick,
You spoil the matter quite!

"Last, as to the arrangement;
Your reader, you should show him,
Must take what information he
Can get, and look for no im-
mature disclosure of the drift
And purpose of your poem.

"Therefore, to test his patience— 
How much he can endure— 
Mention no places, ...Read More

by Arnold, Matthew
...t pointed roofs are these advance?--
A palace of the Kings of France? 

Approach, for what we seek is here!
Alight, and sparely sup, and wait
For rest in this outbuilding near;
Then cross the sward and reach that gate.
Knock; pass the wicket! Thou art come
To the Carthusians' world-famed home. 

The silent courts, where night and day
Into their stone-carved basins cold
The splashing icy fountains play--
The humid corridors behold!
Where, ghostlike in the deepening nig...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...our impudence protects you sairly:
I canna say but ye strunt rarely
Owre gauze and lace;
Tho' faith, I fear ye dine but sparely
On sic a place.

Ye ugly, creepin, blastit wonner,
Detested, shunned by saunt an' sinner,
How daur ye set your fit upon her,
Sae fine a lady!
Gae somewhere else and seek your dinner,
On some poor body.

Swith, in some beggar's haffet squattle;
There ye may creep, and sprawl, and sprattle
Wi' ither kindred, jumpin cattle,
In shoals and nations...Read More

by Hardy, Thomas
...Or some early light or pose 
 Wherewith thought renews her - 
Seen by him at full, ere woes 
 Practised to abuse her - 
Sparely comes it, swiftly goes, 
 Time again subdues her....Read More

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