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Famous Sprightlier Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Hardy, Thomas
...we sang, 
The floors are sunken, cobwebs hang, 
And cracks creep; worms have fed upon 
The doors. Yea, sprightlier times were then 
Than now, with harps and tabrets gone, 

Where once we rowed, where once we sailed, 
And damsels took the tiller, veiled 
Against too strong a stare (God wot 
Their fancy, then or anywhen!) 
Upon that shore we are clean forgot, 

We have lost somewhat of that, afar and near, 
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by Petrarch, Francesco
...loved sojourn.There now, thou seest, where long of thee had beenMy sprightlier strain, of thee my plaint I swell—Of thee!—oh, no! of mine own sorrows keen.One only solace cheers the wretched scene:By many a sign I know thy coming well—Thy step, thy voice and look, and robe of favour'd green. 
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by Trumbull, John
...ho fly from them.

Just when your wishes would prevail,
Some rival bird with gayer tail,
Who sings his strain with sprightlier note,
And chatters praise with livelier throat,
Shall charm your flutt'ring fair one down,
And leave your choice, to hang or drown.

Ev'n I, my son, have felt the smart;
A Pheasant won my youthful heart.
For her I tuned the doleful lay,[4]
For her I watch'd the night away;
In vain I told my piteous case,
And smooth'd my dignity of face;
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