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Famous Stand Easy Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Southey, Robert
...anon the morning came,
And off I set a volunteer for fame.
"Back shoulders, turn out your toes, hold up your head,
"Stand easy!" so I did--till almost dead.
Oh how I long'd to tend the plough again
Trudge up the field and whistle o'er the plain,
When tir'd and sore amid the piteous throng
Hungry and cold and wet I limp'd along,
And growing fainter as I pass'd and colder,
Curs'd that ill hour when I became a soldier!
In town I found the hours more gayly pass
And Time f...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...ers along o' my old brown mule.
The monkey can say what our road was -- the wild-goat 'e knows where we passed.
Stand easy, you long-eared old darlin's! Out drag-ropes! With shrapnel! Hold fast -- 'Tss! 'Tss!
 For you all love the screw-guns -- the screw-guns they all love you!
 So when we take tea with a few guns, o' course you will know what to do -- hoo! hoo!
 Jest send in your Chief an' surrender -- it's worse if you fights or you runs:
 You may hide in the caves,...Read More

by Sassoon, Siegfried
...a Roll of Honour in His hand 
Sits welcoming the heroes who have died, 
While sorrowless angels ranked on either side 
Stand easy in Elysium’s meadow-land. 
Then you come shyly through the garden gate,
Wearing a blood-soaked bandage on your head; 
And God says something kind because you’re dead, 
And homesick, discontented with your fate. 

If I were there we’d snowball Death with skulls; 
Or ride away to hunt in Devil’s Wood
With ghosts of puppies that we walked of ...Read More

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