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Famous Starveling Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Jarrell, Randall
...s, I stood at the northern pole.

There in the childish night my companions lay frozen,
The stiff fur knocked at my starveling throat,
And I gave my great sigh: the flakes came huddling,
Were they really my end? In the darkness I turned to my rest.

—Here, the flag snaps in the glare and silence
Of the unbroken ice. I stand here,
The dogs bark, my beard is black, and I stare
At the North Pole . . .
 And now what? Why, go back.

Turn as I please, my...Read more of this...

by Jonson, Ben
At the wells no Muse did stay,
But bewail'd
So to see the fountain dry,
And Apollo's music die,
All light failed!
Starveling rhymes did fill the stage;
Not a poet in an age
Worth crowning;
Not a work deserving bays,
Not a line deserving praise,
Pallas frowning;
Greek was free from rhyme's infection,
Happy Greek by this protection
Was not spoiled.
Whilst the Latin, queen of tongues,
Is not yet free from rhyme's wrongs,
But rests foiled.
Scarce the hill again doth...Read more of this...

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...mbered him. But he was dead, 
They said, and they should have their friend no more.— 
However, there was once a starveling child— 
A ragged-vested little incubus,
Born to be cuffed and frighted out of all 
Capacity for childhood’s happiness— 
Who started out one day, quite suddenly, 
To drown himself. He ran away from home, 
Across the clover-fields and through the woods,
And waited on a rock above a stream, 
Just like a kingfisher. He might have dived, 
Or ju...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
To vibrate to the chords of pain.

For look you - after three-score yeas
I see with anguish nigh to tears
That starveling cat so sudden still
I set my terrier to to kill.
Great, golden memories pale away,
But that unto my dying day
Will haunt and haunt me horribly.
Why, even my poor dog felt shame
And shrank away as if to blame
of that poor mangled mother-cat
Would ever lie at his doormat.


What's done is done. No power can bring
To living joy a...Read more of this...

by Pollitt, Katha
...sparrows wing
each night to their secret nests in the elm's green dome
O let the last bus bring

love to lover, let the starveling
dog turn the corner and lope suddenly
miraculously, down its own street, home....Read more of this...

by Drayton, Michael
...Cupid, I hate thee, which I'd have thee know; 
A naked starveling ever may'st thou be. 
Poor rogue, go pawn thy fascia and thy bow 
For some few rags wherewith to cover thee. 
Or, if thou'lt not, thy archery forbear, 
To some base rustic do thyself prefer, 
And when corn's sown or grown into the ear, 
Practise thy quiver and turn crow-keeper.
Or, being blind, as fittest for the trade, 
Go hire thysel...Read more of this...

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