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Famous Stammering Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Bryant, William Cullen
...ongs that were made of yore:
I'll sing, in his delighted ear,
The island lays thou lov'st to hear.

And thou, while stammering I repeat,
Thy country's tongue shalt teach;
'Tis not so soft, but far more sweet,
Than my own native speech:
For thou no other tongue didst know,
When, scarcely twenty moons ago, 
Upon Tahete's beach,
Thou cam'st to woo me to be thine,
With many a speaking look and sign.

I knew thy meaning--thou didst praise
My eyes, my locks of jet;
Ah! well...Read more of this...



by Dryden, John
...e, the nation's vows confess;
And, never satisfi'd with seeing, bless:
Swift, unbespoken pomps, thy steps proclaim,
And stammering babes are taught to lisp thy name.
How long wilt thou the general joy detain;
Starve, and defraud the people of thy reign?
Content ingloriously to pass thy days
Like one of virtue's fools that feeds on praise;
Till thy fresh glories, which now shine so bright,
Grow stale and tarnish with our daily sight.
Believe me, royal youth, thy fruit ...Read more of this...

by Tessimond, A S J
...hitting my head against the world);
I, intricate, easily unshipped, untracked, unaligned;
Cut off in my communications; stammering; speaking
A dialect shared by you, but not you and you;
I, strangely undeft, bereft; I searching always
For my lost rib (clothed in laughter yet understanding)
To come round the corner of Wardour Street into the Square
Or to signal across the Park and share my bed;
I, focus in night for star-sent beams of light,
I, fulcrum of levers whose end I ca...Read more of this...

by Petrarch, Francesco
...rive. E'en as some babe untiesIts tongue in stammering guise,Who cannot speak, yet will not silence keep:So fond words I essay;And listen'd be the layBy my fair foe, ere in the tomb I sleep!But if, of beauty vain,She treats me with disdain;Read more of this...

by Bishop, Elizabeth
...ove's the boy stood on the burning deck
trying to recite "The boy stood on
the burning deck." Love's the son
 stood stammering elocution
 while the poor ship in flames went down.

Love's the obstinate boy, the ship,
even the swimming sailors, who
would like a schoolroom platform, too,
 or an excuse to stay
 on deck. And love's the burning boy....Read more of this...



by Brooke, Rupert
...iended, 
How could I cloud, or how distress,
The heaven of your unconsciousness? 
Or shake at Time’s sufficient spell, 
Stammering of lights unutterable? 
The eternal holiness of you, 
The timeless end, you never knew,
The peace that lay, the light that shone. 
You never knew that I had gone 
A million miles away, and stayed 
A million years. The laughter played 
Unbroken round me; and the jest 
Flashed on. And we that knew the best 
Down wonderful hours grew happ...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
.... Passion-pale they met 
And greeted. Hands in hands, and eye to eye, 
Low on the border of her couch they sat 
Stammering and staring. It was their last hour, 
A madness of farewells. And Modred brought 
His creatures to the basement of the tower 
For testimony; and crying with full voice 
`Traitor, come out, ye are trapt at last,' aroused 
Lancelot, who rushing outward lionlike 
Leapt on him, and hurled him headlong, and he fell 
Stunned, and his creatures t...Read more of this...

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...angers,
Waiting to receive their message;
Till the Black-Robe chief, the Pale-face,
From the wigwam came to greet them,
Stammering in his speech a little,
Speaking words yet unfamiliar;
"It Is well," they said, "O brother,
That you come so far to see us!"
Then the Black-Robe chief, the Prophet,
Told his message to the people,
Told the purport of his mission,
Told them of the Virgin Mary,
And her blessed Son, the Saviour,
How in distant lands and ages
He had lived on earth as ...Read more of this...

by Dyke, Henry Van
...r
"Since we have talked together, -- why so late?" 

Amazed, incredulous, confused with joy
I hardly dared to show,
And stammering like a boy,
I took the place she showed me at her side; 
And then the talk flowed on with brimming tide 
Through the still night,
While she with influence light
Controlled it, as the moon the flood.
She knew where I had been, what I had done, 
What work was planned, and what begun;
My troubles, failures, fears she understood, 
And touched them...Read more of this...

by Drinkwater, John
...ng, you are my servant and shall do
My purposes, or utter bitterness
Shall be your wage, and nothing come to you
But stammering tongues that never can confess.
Undaunted then in answer here I cry,
'You wanton, that control the hand of him
Who masquerades as wisdom in a sky
Where holy, holy, sing the cherubim,
I will not pay one penny to your name
Though all my body crumble into shame.'
IV 	Woman, I once had whimpered at your hand,
Saying that all the wisdom...Read more of this...

by Cowper, William
...heme,
And shall be till I die.

Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing Thy power to save;
When this poor lisping stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave.

Lord, I believe Thou hast prepared
(Unworthy though I be)
For me a blood-bought free reward,
A golden harp for me!

'Tis strung and tuned for endless years,
And form'd by power divine,
To sound in God the Father's ears
No other name but Thine....Read more of this...

by Sassoon, Siegfried
...No doubt they’ll soon get well; the shock and strain 
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk. 
Of course they’re ‘longing to go out again,’— 
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk. 
They’ll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed 
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,— 
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they’ll be proud 
Of glorious war that shatter’d all their pride...<...Read more of this...

by Hugo, Victor
...he blue sky. 
 
 In our brief bitter world of wrong 
 They come; God gives us them awhile. 
 His speech is in their stammering tongue, 
 And His forgiveness in their smile. 
 
 Their sweet light rests upon our eyes: 
 Alas! their right to joy is plain. 
 If they are hungry, Paradise 
 Weeps, and if cold, Heaven thrills with pain. 
 
 The want that saps their sinless flower 
 Speaks judgment on Sin's ministers. 
 Man holds an angel in his power. 
 Ah! deep in He...Read more of this...

by Browning, Robert
...n this old brain of mine that's but ill able
To give you even this poor version
Of the speech I spoil, as it were, with stammering
---More fault of those who had the hammering
Of prosody into me and syntax,
And did it, not with hobnails but tintacks!
But to return from this excursion,---
Just, do you mark, when the song was sweetest,
The peace most deep and the charm completest,
There came, shall I say, a snap---
And the charm vanished!
And my sense returned, so strangely ban...Read more of this...

by Hugo, Victor
...he blue sky. 

In our light bitter world of wrong 
They come; God gives us them awhile. 
His speech is in their stammering tongue, 
And his forgiveness in their smile. 

Their sweet light rests upon our eyes. 
Alas! their right to joy is plain. 
If they are hungry Paradise 
Weeps, and, if cold, Heaven thrills with pain. 

The want that saps their sinless flower 
Speaks judgment on sin's ministers. 
Man holds an angel in his power. 
Ah! deep in ...Read more of this...

by Yeats, William Butler
...warring kings,
Word be-mockers? - By the Rood,
Where are now the watring kings?
An idle word is now their glory,
By the stammering schoolboy said,
Reading some entangled story:
The kings of the old time are dead;
The wandering earth herself may be
Only a sudden flaming word,
In clanging space a moment heard,
Troubling the endless reverie.
Then nowise worship dusty deeds,
Nor seek, for this is also sooth,
To hunger fiercely after truth,
Lest all thy toiling only breeds
New...Read more of this...

by Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
...WITH stammering lips and insufficient sound
I strive and struggle to deliver right
That music of my nature, day and night
With dream and thought and feeling interwound
And inly answering all the senses round
With octaves of a mystic depth and height
Which step out grandly to the infinite
From the dark edges of the sensual ground.
This song of soul I struggle ...Read more of this...

by Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
...With stammering lips and insufficient sound
I strive and struggle to deliver right
That music of my nature, day and night
With dream and thought and feeling interwound
And inly answering all the senses round
With octaves of a mystic depth and height
Which step out grandly to the infinite
From the dark edges of the sensual ground.
This song of soul I struggle ...Read more of this...

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