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Famous Starting Out Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...sighed, ‘my Carlos! ’ Even now
I feel the perfumed zephyr of her breath
Bearing to me those words of living death, 
And starting out the cold drops on my brow.

For I am Paul – not Carlos! Who is he
That, in the supreme hour of love’s delight, 
Veiled by the shadows of the falling night, 
She should breathe low his name, forgetting me? 

I will not ask her! ‘Twere a fruitless task, 
For, woman-like, she would make me believe
Some well-told tale; and sigh, and seem to grie...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...winging on my back, my staff is in my hand;
I've twenty louis in my purse, I know the sun and sea are there,
And so I'm starting out to-day to tramp the golden land.
I'll go alone and glorying, with on my lips a song of joy;
I'll leave behind the city with its canker and its care;
I'll swing along so sturdily -- oh, won't I be the happy boy!
A-singing on the rocky roads, the roads of Finistere.

Oh, have you been to Finistere, and do you know a whin-gray town
That ech...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton the vultures overhead -- 
Well, you wonder if the war is worth the price. 
And down along the Monaro now they're starting out to shear, 
I can picture the excitement and the row; 
But they'll miss me on the Lachlan when they call the roll this year, 
For we're going on a long job now....Read More

by Field, Eugene him
As his Lydia verses show him,--
Go, read that virile poem,--
It is No. 25.

He was a very owl, sir,
And starting out to prowl, sir,
You bet he made Rome howl, sir,
Until he filled his date;
With a massic-laden ditty
And a classic maiden pretty
He painted up the city,
And Maecenas paid the freight!...Read More

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