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Famous Starvation Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Crowley, Aleister
...he rocks and trees
For twenty miles could tell how lovers played,
And we could count a kiss for every glade.
Worry, starvation, illness and distress?
Each moment was a mine of happiness.

Then we grew tired of being country mice,
Came up to Paris, lived our sacrifice
There, giving holy berries to the moon,
July's thanksgiving for the joys of June.

And you are gone away --- and how shall I
Make August sing the raptures of July?
And you are gone away --- what evil ...Read More

by Frost, Robert
...d crawl
To rest from his besetting fears.
I see the callus on his soul
The disappearing last of him
And of his race starvation slim,
Oh years ago -- ten thousand years....Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...There once was a man whom the gods didn't love,
And a disagreeable man was he.
He loathed his neighbours, and his neighbours hated him,
And he cursed eternally.
He damned the sun, and he damned the stars,
And he blasted the winds in the sky.
He sent to Hell every green, growing thing,
And he raved at the birds as they fly.
His oaths were ma...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...e to think
That with hunger christians will each other's blood drink
And eat each other's flesh to save themselves from starvation;
But the pangs or hunger makes them mad, and drives them to desperation. 

An old American soldier that had passed through the Civil War,
Declared the scene surpassed anything he's seen by far,
And at the sight, the crowd in horror turned away,
which no doubt they will remember for many a day. 

Colin Chisholm, one of the survivors was loo...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz

Some people do say it is good when taken in moderation,
But, when taken to excess, it leads to tribulation,
Also to starvation and loss of reputation,
Likewise your eternal soul's damnation. 

The drunkard, he says he can't give it up,
For I must confess temptation's in the cup;
But he wishes to God it was banished from the land,
While he holds the cup in his trembling hand. 

And he exclaims in the agony of his soul --
Oh, God, I cannot myself control
From this m...Read More

by Moore, Thomas
...quire Corn in his carriage so gay,
Poor Cotton, half famish'd on foot):

"Great Squire, if it isn't uncivil
To hint at starvation before you,
Look down on a poor hungry devil,
And give him some bread, I implore you!"

Quoth Corn, then, in answer to Cotton,
Perceiving he meant to make free --
"Low fellow, you've surely forgotten
The distance between you and me!

To expect that we, Peers of high birth,
Should waste our illustrious acres,
For no other purpose on earth
Than to...Read More

by Gregory, Rg
...ting the pure
a step aside from doughy lust and greed
enjoying your birthday in its proper light 
-a time of abstinence starvation longing...Read More

by Lawson, Henry 
That scorched in the blazing sun, 
Black lips that broke in a ghastly grin – 
And that's how the land was won! 

Starvation and toil on the tracks they went, 
And death by the lonely way; 
The childbirth under the tilt or tent, 
The childbirth under the dray! 
The childbirth out in the desolate hut 
With a half-wild gin for nurse – 
That's how the first were born to bear 
The brunt of the first man's curse! 

They toiled and they fought through the shame of it – 
Throu...Read More

by Butler, Ellis Parker
...“Well, boys,” he said, “where’s the collation?
I’m hungry, let us eat some though.”
“All gone!” they said, and then Starvation,
(Who is not lazy) laid Nit low.

Nit trembled, gasped, and, as the phrase is,
Cashed in his checks, gave up his breath,
And turned his toes up to the daisies—
His laziness had caused his death!


Spelling reformers should make haste.
If each reformer wants a taste....Read More

by Service, Robert William
...d down
 With sparkling cider.

But since I left that damsel fair,
The thought she may have perished there,
Of cold, starvation and dispair
 Nigh drives me crazy.
So, stranger, if you should invade
The charming Burlington Arcade,
Tell me if you behold a shade,
Ghost of a most unhappy maid
 By name of Mazie....Read More

by Moore, Thomas
...Silk shall, in fond combination,
(Like Sulky and Silky, that pair in the play)
Cry out, with one voice, High Rents and Starvation!

Long life to the Minister! -- no matter who,
Or how dull he may be, if, with dignified spirit, he
Keeps the ports shut -- and the people's mouth too, --
We shall all have a long run of Freddy's prosperity.

And, as for myself, who've like Hannibal, sworn
To hate the whole crew who would take our rents from us,
Had England but One to stand by...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...ath and Trouble, turn about, 
Through hopeless desolation, 
Through flood and fever, fire and drought, 
And slavery and starvation; 
Through childbirth, sickness, hurt, and blight, 
And nervousness an' scarin', 
Through bein' left alone at night, 
I've got to be past carin'. 
Past botherin' or carin', 
Past feelin' and past carin'; 
Through city cheats and neighbours' spite, 
I've come to be past carin'. 

Our first child took, in days like these, 
A cruel week in dyi...Read More

by Field, Eugene
...for supper, or cakes 'at 's big an' nice,
I want to - but I do not pass my plate f'r them things twice!
No, ruther let Starvation wipe me slowly out o' sight
Than I should keep a-livin' on an' seein' things at night!...Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
...f heaven
I saw her liver and her quivering intestine
I saw Christ in there
jumping to a folk-rock
all the long lines of starvation within me
and I walked over
and grabbed her on the couch
ripped her dress up around her face
and I didn't care
rape or the end of the earth
one more time
to be there
her panties were on the 
and my cock went in
my cock my god my cock went in
I was Charles 
Somebody....Read More

by McGough, Roger
I think about dying.
About disease, starvation,
violence, terrorism, war,
the end of the world.

It helps
keep my mind off things....Read More

by Carruth, Hayden
...Just over the horizon a great machine of death is roaring and

One can hear it always. Earthquake, starvation, the ever-

 renewing field of corpse-flesh.
In this valley the snow falls silently all day and out our window
We see the curtain of it shifting and folding, hiding us away in

 our little house,
We see earth smoothened and beautified, made like a fantasy, the

 snow-clad trees
So graceful in a dream of peace. In our new bed, which is big
...Read More

by Eluard, Paul
...heir victims 
Corruption gained courage 

And yet, beneath the red sky 
Under the appetites for blood 
Under the dismal starvation 
The cavern closed 

The kind earth filled 
The graves dug in advance 
Children were no longer afraid 
Of maternal depths 

And madness and stupidity 
And vulgarity make way 
For humankind and brotherhood 
No longer fighting against life -- 
For an everlasting humankind 

VIII. Liberty 

On my school notebooks 
On my desk, on the trees 
On the...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...the A.J.C., 
You must ride the horse out -- though, of course, if you do 
You will get no more mounts, it's starvation to you. 
But, bless you, you'll always find plenty to chew 
In the rules of the A.J.C....Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...n the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
 Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
 But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
 The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
 O it's "Thin red line of ...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...adstone will certainly encourage and never condemn. 

And as for the working women, many are driven to the point of starvation,
All through the tendency of the legislation;
Besides, upon members of parliament they have no claim
As a deputation, which is a very great shame. 

Yes, the Home Secretary of the present day,
Against working women's deputations, has always said- nay;
Because they haven't got the parliamentary Franchise-,
That is the reason why he does them de...Read More

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