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Famous Straights Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Tebb, Barry on Beeston Hill

I watch the city spill glass towers

Of light over the horizon’s rim.


The railyard’s straights

Are buckled plates

Red bricks for aggregate

All lost like me

Ledsham and Ledston

Both belong to Leeds

But Ledston Luck

Is where Aire leads.


Held of the Crown

By seven thanes

In Saxon times

‘In regione Loidis’

Baeda scripsit

Leeds, Leeds,

You answer

All my needs.


A horse shoe stuck for luck

Behind a basemen...Read More

by Milton, John
...Aug. 10. 1653.

Answer me when I call
God of my righteousness;
In straights and in distress
Thou didst me disinthrall
And set at large; now spare,
Now pity me, and hear my earnest prai'r.

Great ones how long will ye
My glory have in scorn
How long be thus forlorn
Still to love vanity, 
To love, to seek, to prize
Things false and vain and nothing else but lies?

Yet know the Lord hath chose
Chose to himself a part
The ...Read More

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