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Famous Stowed Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...es of justice seemed to hang beneath his noble beak. 
He said, "I'll take possession of the subject of debate"; 
He stowed the fish inside his pouch and then began to speak. 

"The case is far from clear," he said, "and justices of note" -- 
But here he snapped his beak and flapped his piebald overcoat -- 
"Oh dear," he said, "that wretched fish has slithered down my throat." 

"But still," he said, "the point involved requires a full debate. 
I'll have to get...Read more of this...



by Hardy, Thomas
...as modesty bid,
Thinking, "O that the picter my duty keeps hid
To the sight o' my eyes mid be shown!"

In the tallet he stowed her; there huddied she lay,
Shortening sleeves, legs, and tails to her limbs;
But most o' the time in a mortal bad way,
Well knowing that there'd be the divel to pay
If 'twere found that, instead o' the elements' prey,
She was living in lodgings at Tim's.

"Where's the tranter?" said men and boys; "where can er be?"
"Where's the tranter?" said Bar...Read more of this...

by Edgar, Marriott
.... 

He soon had the radio crackling, 
And flashing the tale far and wide, 
Of the lad who'd set out for Australia, 
Stowed away in a lion's inside. 

The quay it were jammed with reporters, 
When they docked on Australian soil. 
They didn't pretend to believe it, 
But 'twere too good a story to spoil. 

And Albert soon picked up the language, 
When he first saw the size of the fruit, 
There was no more “by gum” now or “Champion”,
It were “Whacko!”, “Too right!...Read more of this...

by Larkin, Philip
...ls of different dinners, see
A wild white face that overtops
Red stretcher-blankets momently
As it is carried in and stowed,

And sense the solving emptiness
That lies just under all we do,
And for a second get it whole,
So permanent and blank and true.
The fastened doors recede. Poor soul,
They whisper at their own distress;

For borne away in deadened air
May go the sudden shut of loss
Round something nearly at an end,
And what cohered in it across
T...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
...t Jim, with a wild light in his eye;
And he softly laughed, and he led Dick aft, all eager, yet half afraid,
And snugly stowed in his coat he showed a pilfered flask of "rye".
And in haste he slipped, or in fear he tripped, but -- Dick in warning roared --
And there rang a yell, and it befell that Jim was overboard.

Oh, I heard a splash, and quick as a flash I knew he could not swim.
I saw him whirl in the river swirl, and thresh his arms about.
In a *****, s...Read more of this...



by Slessor, Kenneth
...t Labassa. Room 6 x 8 
On top of the tower; because of this, very dark 
And cold in winter. Everything has been stowed 
Into this room - 500 books all shapes 
And colours, dealt across the floor 
And over sills and on the laps of chairs; 
Guns, photoes of many differant things 
And differant curioes that I obtained..." 

In Sydney, by the spent aquarium-flare 
Of penny gaslight on pink wallpaper, 
We argued about blowing up the world, 
But you were living ...Read more of this...

by Lawson, Henry
...It is stuffy in the steerage where the second-classers sleep, 
For there's near a hundred for'ard, and they're stowed away like sheep, -- 
They are trav'lers for the most part in a straight 'n' honest path; 
But their linen's rather scanty, an' there isn't any bath -- 
Stowed away like ewes and wethers that is shore 'n' marked 'n' draft. 
But the shearers of the shearers always seem to travel aft; 
In the cushioned cabins, aft, 
With saloons 'n' smoke-rooms, aft ...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
...d with gloom:
He scratched his head: "There ain't," he said, "another inch of room.
With freight we're packed; it's stowed and stacked - why even on the deck.
There's seven salted sourdoughs and they're sleeping neck and neck.
I'm sorry, Miss, that Kathleen's kiss has put your muse to flight;
I realize her amber eyes abstract you when you write.
I used to love them orbs above a-shining down on me,
And when she'd chew my whickers you can't calculate my glee.Read more of this...

by Nash, Ogden
...Beneath this slab
John Brown is stowed.
He watched the ads
And not the road....Read more of this...

by Hayden, Robert
...acks and odd 
for the barracoons of Florida: 

"That there was hardly room 'tween-decks for half 
the sweltering cattle stowed spoon-fashion there; 
that some went mad of thirst and tore their flesh 
and sucked the blood: 

"That Crew and Captain lusted with the comeliest 
of the savage girls kept naked in the cabins; 
that there was one they called The Guinea Rose 
and they cast lots and fought to lie with her: 

"That when the Bo's'n piped all hands, the flames 
spreading f...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
...rd from chamber gloom
 A female voice.
As cold and bitter as a toad,
 She spat a nasty name,
So even as his swag he stowed
 He blushed for shame.

'You dirty dog!' he heard her say,
 'I sniff your whisky stench.
I bet you've gambled half your pay,
 Or blown it on a wench.
Begone from here, you rakehell boor!
 You shame the human race.
What wife would pillow-share with your
 Disgusting face!'

A tear the tender burglar shed,
 Then indignation rose,
And swif...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
...icked hisself, with the dinky silver plate;
And I came nigh near to shedding a tear as I nailed him safely down;
Then I stowed him away in my Yukon sleigh, and I started back to town.

So I buried him as the contract was in a narrow grave and deep,
And there he's waiting the Great Clean-up, when the Judgment sluice-heads sweep;
And I smoke my pipe and I meditate in the light of the Midnight Sun,
And sometimes I wonder if they was, the awful things I done.
And as I sit...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
...r> Dead?

No, siree! not by a long sight! For it plugged 'im 'ard on the chest,
Just where 'e'd tracts for a army corps stowed away in 'is vest.
On its mission of death that bullet 'ustled along, and it caved
A 'ole in them tracts to 'is 'ide, boys -- but the life o' me pal was saved.

And there as 'e showed me in triumph, and 'orror was chokin' me breath,
On came another bullet on its 'orrible mission of death;
On through the night it cavorted, seekin' its 'aven of r...Read more of this...

by Wordsworth, William
...ng road  No wain they drove, and yet, the yellow sheaf  In every vale for their delight was stowed:  For them, in nature's meads, the milky udder flowed,   Semblance, with straw and panniered ass, they made  Of potters wandering on from door to door:  But life of happier sort to me pourtrayed,  And other joys my fancy to allure;  The bag-pipe dinning on the m...Read more of this...

by Hardy, Thomas
...odesty bid, 
Thinking, "O that the picter my duty keeps hid 
 To the sight o' my eyes mid be shown!" 

In the tallet he stowed her; there huddied she lay, 
 Shortening sleeves, legs, and tails to her limbs; 
But most o' the time in a mortal bad way, 
Well knowing that there'd be the divel to pay 
If 'twere found that, instead o' the elements' prey, 
 She was living in lodgings at Tim's. 

"Where's the tranter?" said men and boys; "where can er be?" 
 "Where's the tranter?...Read more of this...

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...essenger full fain,* *glad
And pleased him in all that e'er she might.
He drank, and *well his girdle underpight*; *stowed away (liquor)
He slept, and eke he snored in his guise under his girdle*
All night, until the sun began to rise.

Eft* were his letters stolen every one, *again
And counterfeited letters in this wise:
The king commanded his Constable anon,
On pain of hanging and of high jewise,* *judgement
That he should suffer in no manner wise
Constance within h...Read more of this...

by Larkin, Philip
...cissors on the sill?
Who practised this piano
Whose notes are now so still?

Ah, notices are taken down,
And scorebooks stowed away,
And seniors grow tomorrow
From the juniors today,
And even swimming groups can fade,
Games mistresses turn grey....Read more of this...

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