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Famous Sported Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...t upon the witching smile
 That caught my youthful fancy.


At length I reach’d the bonie glen,
 Where early life I sported;
I pass’d the mill and trysting thorn,
 Where Nancy aft I courted:
Wha spied I but my ain dear maid,
 Down by her mother’s dwelling!
And turn’d me round to hide the flood
 That in my een was swelling.


Wi’ alter’d voice, quoth I, “Sweet lass,
 Sweet as yon hawthorn’s blossom,
O! happy, happy may he be,
 That’s dearest to thy bosom:
My purse is l...Read More



by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...ot the pine-trees swift as arrows, 
Hurled the cedars light as lances.
"Lazy Kwasind!" said the young men, 
As they sported in the meadow:
"Why stand idly looking at us, 
Leaning on the rock behind you? 
Come and wrestle with the others, 
Let us pitch the quoit together!"
Lazy Kwasind made no answer, 
To their challenge made no answer, 
Only rose, and slowly turning, 
Seized the huge rock in his fingers, 
Tore it from its deep foundation, 
Poised it in the air a moment, 
...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...me your ne'er fading remembrance,
Which rests in the bosom, though hope is deny'd!

Again I revisit the hills where we sported,
The streams where we swam, and the fields where we fought;
The school where, loud warn'd by the bell, we resorted,
To pore o'er the precepts by Pedagogues taught.

Again I behold where for hours I have ponder'd,
As reclining, at eve, on yon tombstone I lay;
Or round the steep brow of the churchyard I wander'd,
To catch the last gleam of the sun'...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...d
 To slam the profiteers.
Yet though a fanatic I was,
 And cursed aristocrats,
The Party chucked me out because
 I sported Spats.

Aye, though on soap boxes I stood,
 And spouted in the parks,
They grizzled that my foot-wear would
 Be disavowed my Marx.
It's buttons of a pearly sheen
 Bourgois they deemed and thus
They told me; 'You must choose between
 Your spats and us.'

Alas! I loved my gaitered feet
 Of smoothly fitting fawn;
They were so snappy and so n...Read More

by Southey, Robert
...It was a summer evening;
Old Kaspar’s work was done,
And he before his cottage door
Was sitting in the sun;
And by him sported on the green
His little grandchild Wilhelmine.

She saw her brother Peterkin
Roll something large and round,
Which he beside the rivulet
In playing there had found.
He came to ask what he had found,
That was so large, and smooth, and round.

Old Kaspar took it from the boy,
Who stood expectant by;
And then the old man shook his head,
And ...Read More



by Lindsay, Vachel
...ooks of magic, bags of gold,
And rabbits' feet on long twine strings.
But he went down to the Devil.

Legree he sported a brass-buttoned coat,
A snake-skin necktie, a blood-red shirt.
Legree he had a beard like a goat,
And a thick hairy neck, and eyes like dirt.
His puffed-out cheeks were fish-belly white,
He had great long teeth, and an appetite.
He ate raw meat, 'most every meal,
And rolled his eyes till the cat would squeal.

His fist was an enormou...Read More

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