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Famous Stradivarius Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Levy, Amy
...a row of books
Much scrawl'd and noted; sketches on the wall,
Done rough in charcoal; the old instrument
(A violin, no Stradivarius)
He played so ill on; in the table drawer
Large schemes of undone work. Poems half-writ;
Wild drafts of symphonies; big plans of fugues;
Some scraps of writing in a woman's hand:
No more--the scattered pages of a tale,
A sorry tale that no man cared to read.
Alas, my friend, I lov'd him well, tho' he
Held me a cold and stagnant-blooded f...Read More

by Holmes, Oliver Wendell
...things as these,
Which others often show for pride,
I value for their power to please,
And selfish churls deride;--
One Stradivarius, I confess,
Two Meerschaums, I would fain possess.

Wealth's wasteful tricks I will not learn,
Nor ape the glittering upstart fool;--
Shall not carved tables serve my turn,
But all must be of buhl?
Give grasping pomp its double share,--
I ask but one recumbent chair.

Thus humble let me live and die,
Nor long for Midas' golden touch;
If ...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...on her, she was slowly merged
Into his way of thinking, and to fly
With him seemed easy. But next morning would
The Stradivarius undo her mood.
Then she would realize that she must cleave
Always to Theodore. And she would try
To convince Heinrich she should never leave,
And afterwards she would go home and grieve.
All thought in Munich centered on the part
Of January when there would be given
`Idomeneo' by Wolfgang Mozart.
The twenty-ninth was fixed. A...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...nes of earth,
 The helots of the sea and of the soil.

I'm the Steinway of strange mischief and mischance;
 I'm the Stradivarius of blank defeat;
In the down-world, when the devil leads the dance,
 I am simply and symbolically meet;
I'm the irrepressive spirit of mankind;
 I'm the small boy playing knuckle down with Death;
At the end of all things known, where God's rubbish-heap is thrown,
 I shrill impudent triumph at a breath.

I'm a humble little bit of tin and hor...Read More

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