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Famous Studying Poems by Famous Poets

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by Thomson, James
...on his darksome way. 

But who can number up his labours? who
His high discoveries sing? When but a few
Of the deep-studying race can stretch their minds
To what he knew--in fancy's lighter thought
How shall the muse then grasp the mighty theme? 

What wonder thence that his devotion swell'd
Responsive to his knowledge? For could he,
Whose piercing mental eye diffusive saw
The finish'd university of things
In all its order, magnitude, and parts,
Forbear incessant to adore...Read more of this...

by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang many, dull and blind,

One true look at length to find,
That its worth can rightly treasure.

Whilst I'm lost in studying ever

To explain these cyphers duly,--

To unravel my looks truly
In return be your endeavour!

1820....Read more of this...

by Sidney, Sir Philip
...r know,
Knowledge might pittie winne, and pity grace obtaine,
I sought fit wordes to paint the blackest face of woe;
Studying inuentions fine, her wits to entertaine,
Oft turning others leaues, to see if thence would flow
Some fresh and fruitfull showers vpon my sun-burnd brain.
But words came halting forth, wanting Inuentions stay;
Inuention, Natures childe, fledde step-dame Studies blowes;
And others feet still seemde but strangers in my way.
Thus, great wi...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...rst like a ruthless force, 
Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation; 
Into the school where the scholar is studying; 
Leave not the bridegroom quiet—no happiness must he have now with his bride;
Nor the peaceful farmer any peace, plowing his field or gathering his grain; 
So fierce you whirr and pound, you drums—so shrill you bugles blow. 

Beat! beat! drums!—Blow! bugles! blow! 
Over the traffic of cities—over the rumble of wheels in the streets: 
Are beds...Read more of this...

by Brautigan, Richard
...ere were sacks of garbage there. I stared at the garbage
and tried to figure out what she had been eating lately by studying the containers and
peelings and stuff. I couldn't tell a thing.
It was now March. The water started to boil. I was pleased by this.
I looked at the table. There was the jar of instant coffee, the empty cup and the spoon
all laid out like a funeral service. These are the things that you need to make a cup of
Wh...Read more of this...

by Pope, Alexander

Rufa, whose eye quick-glancing o'er the Park, 
Attracts each light gay meteor of a Spark, 
Agrees as ill with Rufa studying Locke, 
As Sappho's diamonds with her dirty smock; 
Or Sappho at her toilet's greasy task, 
With Sappho fragrant at an evening Masque: 
So morning Insects that in muck begun, 
Shine, buzz, and flyblow in the setting sun. 

How soft is Silia! fearful to offend; 
The Frail one's advocate, the Weak one's friend: 
To her, Calista prov'd her conduct ...Read more of this...

by Bishop, Elizabeth
...You won't become 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. 

 Christmas, 1971 
...Read more of this...

by Tebb, Barry
...walk out at fifteen, the alcohol

Defences at Oxford which shut us out then petered out

During the six years in India, studying Bengali at Shantiniketan.

He tottered from the plane, penniless and unshaven,

To hide away in the seediest bedsit Beeston could boast

Where night turned to day and vaguely he applied 

For jobs as clerk and court usher and drank in pubs with yobs.

When the crisis came – "I feel my head coming off my body’ –

I was ready and unready, maki...Read more of this...

by Brautigan, Richard
...h the

first-graders coming and going like poolballs. We were all

bored with the prospect of another day's school, studying


 One of us had a piece of white chalk and as a first-grader

went walking by, the one of us absentmindedly wrote "Trout

fishing in America" on the back of the first-grader.

 The first-grader strained around, trying to read what was

written on his back, but he couldn't see what it was, so he

shrugged his shoulders and went off to ...Read more of this...

by Brautigan, Richard
...them for very little.

They'd be worth a lot of money now, " he said.

 The ***** woman sat there very quietly studying her

brandy. A couple of times she said yes, in a sort of nice

way. She used the word yes to its best advantage, when sur-

rounded by no meaning and left alone from other words.

 They did their own cooking in the room and had a single

hot plate sitting on the floor, next to half a dozen plants, in-

cluding a peach tree growing in a ...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...e with the silent and dark-cheek’d bush-boy—(behind me he
 rides at the drape of the day;) 
Far from the settlements, studying the print of animals’ feet, or the
 moccasin print; 
By the cot in the hospital, reaching lemonade to a feverish patient; 
Nigh the coffin’d corpse when all is still, examining with a candle: 
Voyaging to every port, to dicker and adventure;
Hurrying with the modern crowd, as eager and fickle as any; 
Hot toward one I hate, ready in my madness...Read more of this...

by Sidney, Sir Philip her know, 
Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain; 

I sought fit words to paint the blackest face of woe, 
Studying inventions fine, her wits to entertain: 
Oft turning others' leaves, to see if thence would flow 
Some fresh and fruitful showers upon my sun-burn'd brain. 

But words came halting forth, wanting Invention's stay, 
Invention, Nature's child, fled step-dame Study's blows, 
And others' feet still seem'd but strangers in my way. 

Thus, great w...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
And you precedents! connect lovingly with them, for they connect lovingly with

I conn’d old times; 
I sat studying at the feet of the great masters: 
Now, if eligible, O that the great masters might return and study me!

In the name of These States, shall I scorn the antique? 
Why These are the children of the antique, to justify it. 

6Dead poets, philosophs, priests, 
Martyrs, artists, inventors, governments long since, 
Language-shapers, on other shores,
...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
...never jam me in"?
I'm not a man of the quitting kind, but I never felt so blue
As I sat there gazing at that stiff and studying what I'd do.
Then I rose and I kicked off the husky dogs that were nosing round about,
And I lit a roaring fire in the stove, and I started to thaw Bill out.

Well, I thawed and thawed for thirteen days, but it didn't seem no good;
His arms and legs stuck out like pegs, as if they was made of wood.
Till at last I said: "It ain't no use--...Read more of this...

by Bradstreet, Anne
...ath yet amongst that sweet, some bitter gall.
5.93 Though reading others' Works doth much refresh,
5.94 Yet studying much brings weariness to th' flesh.
5.95 My studies, labours, readings all are done,
5.96 And my last period can e'en elmost run.
5.97 Corruption, my Father, I do call,
5.98 Mother, and sisters both; the worms that crawl
5.99 In my dark house, such kindred I have store.
5.100 There I shall rest till heavens shall ...Read more of this...

by Frost, Robert
...on so related to herself 
Is supposed to be mad." 
"I may be mad." 
"You look so, sitting out here in the rain 
Studying genealogy with me 
You never saw before. What will we come to 
With all this pride of ancestry, we Yankees? 
I think we're all mad. Tell me why we're here 
Drawn into town about this cellar hole 
Like wild geese on a lake before a storm? 
What do we see in such a hole, I wonder." 
"The Indians had a myth of Chicamoztoc, 
Which means The ...Read more of this...

by Scott, Sir Walter
...Douglas, and the Graeme,
     And Ellen too; then cast around
     His eyes, then fixed them on the ground,
     As studying phrase that might avail
     Best to convey unpleasant tale.
     Long with his dagger's hilt he played,
     Then raised his haughty brow, and said:—

     'Short be my speech;—nor time affords,
     Nor my plain temper, glozing words.
     Kinsman and father,—if such name
     Douglas vouchsafe to Roderick's claim;
     Mine...Read more of this...

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...that. But yet, by Saint Thomas!
*Me rueth sore of* Hendy Nicholas: *I am very sorry for*
He shall be *rated of* his studying, *chidden for*
If that I may, by Jesus, heaven's king!
Get me a staff, that I may underspore* *lever up
While that thou, Robin, heavest off the door:
He shall out of his studying, as I guess."
And to the chamber door he gan him dress* *apply himself.
His knave was a strong carl for the nonce,
And by the hasp he heav'd it off at once;
Into th...Read more of this...

by Kinnell, Galway
...he animals
being chosen to die. I looked
to see if my friend had heard,
but she was stepping about on her skis,
studying the trees, smiling to herself,
her lips still filled, for all
we had drained them, with hundreds
and thousands of kisses. Just then
she looked up ¡ª the way, from low
to high, the god blesses ¡ª and the blue
of her eyes shone out of the black
and white of bark and snow, as lovers
who are walking on a freezing day
touch icy cheek to icy ...Read more of this...

by Hecht, Anthony
...see the spare,
Delicate structures of the sycamores,
The fine articulation of the beeches.
I have sat here for days studying them,
And I have only just begun to see
What it is that they resemble. One by one,
They stand there like magnificent enlargements
Of the vascular system of the human brain.
I see them there like huge discarnate minds,
Lost in their meditative silences.
The trunks, branches and twigs compose the vessels
That feed and nourish vast immortal...Read more of this...

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