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Famous Stave Off Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Gregory, Rg
...cherries are so vulnerable
blinking their way from green
to polished red in trees
guileless to stave off birds

a murmur does its rounds
and when the bright day comes
and ripeness throws its coyness
in the air a seething mesh

of wings and whetted beaks 
(knowing its cherry-right)
falls upon the fleshy fruit
and rips it to the stone

then birds become the foe
of people leaden in their legs
who gasp below (fists raised
at butchery so sweet)

nets and s...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Moist as they were, wine-heated from the feast; 
And answered with such craft as women use, 
Guilty or guiltless, to stave off a chance 
That breaks upon them perilously, and said: 

'Earl, if you love me as in former years, 
And do not practise on me, come with morn, 
And snatch me from him as by violence; 
Leave me tonight: I am weary to the death.' 

Low at leave-taking, with his brandished plume 
Brushing his instep, bowed the all-amorous Earl, 
And the stout Princ...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
No matter, the end of the course is 
The same: "Re a Gentleman, One." 

He struggles awhile to keep going, 
To stave off detection and shame; 
But creditors, clamorous growing, 
Ere long put an end to the game. 
At length the poor soldier of Satan 
His course to a finish has run -- 
And just think of Windeyer waiting 
To deal with "A Gentleman, One"! 

And some face it boldly, and brazen 
The shame and the utter disgrace; 
While others, more sensitive, hasten 
Th...Read more of this...

by Smart, Christopher
...ejoice with Gelotophye another laughing plant. 

Let Tollfree, house of Tollfree rejoice with Fern of Trees -- Lord stave off evil this day. 

Let Clare, house of Clare rejoice with Galeotes a kind of Lizard at enmity with serpents. Lord receive the soul of Dr Wilcox Master of Clare Hall. 

Let Wilmot, house of Wilmot rejoice with Epipetros an herb coming up spontaneous (of the seed of the earth) but never flowers. 

Let Anstey, house of Anstey rejoice wit...Read more of this...

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