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Famous Strauss Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...Of all the waltzes the great Strauss wrote,
mad with melody, rhythm--rife
From the very first to the final note,
Give me his "Artist's Life!"

It stirs my blood to my finger ends,
Thrills me and fills me with vague unrest,
And all that is sweetest and saddest blends
Together within my breast.

It brings back that night in the dim arcade,
In love's sweet morning and life's best prime...Read More



by Browning, Robert
...uther's luck was: how shall such be mine? 
If he succeeded, nothing's left to do: 
And if he did not altogether--well, 
Strauss is the next advance. All Strauss should be 
I might be also. But to what result? 
He looks upon no future: Luther did. 
What can I gain on the denying side? 
Ice makes no conflagration. State the facts, 
Read the text right, emancipate the world-- 
The emancipated world enjoys itself 
With scarce a thank-you: Blougram told it first 
I...Read More

by Berryman, John
...term, having done no wrong—
no right—no · right—having let the Army—bang—
defend itself from Joe, let venom' Strauss
bile Oppenheimer out of use—use Robb,
who'll later fend for Goldfine—Breaking no laws,
he lay in the White House—sob!!—

who never understood his own strategy—whee—
so Monty's memoirs—nor any strategy,
wanting the ball bulled thro' all parts of the line
at once—proving, by his refusal to take Berlin,
he misread even Clauswitz—wide e...Read More

by Bishop, Elizabeth
...come a gourmet* cook 
By studying our Fannie's book-- 
Her thoughts on Food & Keeping House 
Are scarcely those of Lévi-Strauss. 
Nevertheless, you'll find, Frank dear, 
The basic elements** are here. 
And if a problem should arise: 
The Soufflé fall before your eyes, 
Or strange things happen to the Rice 
--You know I love to give advice. 

 Elizabeth
 Christmas, 1971 


* Forbidden word 
** Forbidden phrase 


P.S. Fannie should not be underrated; 
She h...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...their scent was sweet!
 Alone we sat on the balcony, and the fan-palms arched above;
The witching strain of a waltz by Strauss came up to our cool retreat,
 And I prisoned her little hand in mine, and I whispered my plea of love.

Then sudden the laughter died on her lips, and lowly she bent her head;
 And oh, there came in the deep, dark eyes a look that was heaven to see;
And the moments went, and I waited there, and never a word was said,
 And she plucked from her bos...Read More



by Hardy, Thomas
...enic frieze and pompous peristyle. 

When lo, swift hands, on strings nigh over-head, 
Began to melodize a waltz by Strauss: 
It stirred me as I stood, in Caesar's house, 
Raised the old routs Imperial lyres had led, 

And blended pulsing life with lives long done, 
Till Time seemed fiction, Past and Present one....Read More

by Hardy, Thomas
...enic frieze and pompous peristyle. 

When lo, swift hands, on strings nigh over-head, 
Began to melodize a waltz by Strauss: 
It stirred me as I stood, in Caesar's house, 
Raised the old routs Imperial lyres had led, 

And blended pulsing life with lives long done, 
Till Time seemed fiction, Past and Present one....Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...your nickel-plated skates
in the skating park in Berlin, gliding past
me with your Count, while a military band
plays a Strauss waltz. I loved you last,
a pleated old lady with a crooked hand.
Once you read Lohengrin and every goose
hung high while you practiced castle life
in Hanover. Tonight your letters reduce
history to a guess. The count had a wife.
You were the old maid aunt who lived with us.
Tonight I read how the winter howled around
the tower...Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...h the harlot's house.

Inside, above the din and fray,
We heard the loud musicians play
The 'Treues Liebes Herz' of Strauss.

Like strange mechanical grotesques,
Making fantastic arabesques,
The shadows raced across the blind.

We watched the ghostly dancers spin
To sound of horn and violin,
Like black leaves wheeling in the wind.

Like wire-pulled automatons,
Slim silhouetted skeletons
Went sidling through the slow quadrille,

Then took each other by the hand...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...iumph at Tango teas;
At Vorticist's suppers he sought to please.
She thought that Franz Lehar was utterly great;
Of Strauss and Stravinsky he'd piously prate.
She loved elegance, he loved art;
They were as wide as the poles apart:
Yet -- Cupid and Caprice are hand and glove --
They met at a dinner, they fell in love.

Home he went to his garret bare,
Thrilling with rapture, hope, despair.
Swift he gazed in his looking-glass,
Made a grimace and murmured: "Ass!"...Read More

by Tsvetaeva, Marina
...In the old Strauss waltz for the first time 
We had listened to your quiet call, 
Since then all the living things are alien 
And the knocking of the clock consoles. 

We, like you, are gladly greeting sunsets, 
And are drunk on nearness of the end. 
All, with which on better nights we're wealthy 
Is put in the hearts by your own hand. 

Bowing to a child's...Read More

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