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Famous Sue Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Silverstein, Shel
...don't blame him because he run and hid,
but the meanest thing that he ever did was
before he left he went and named me Sue.

Well, he must have thought it was quite a joke,
and it got lots of laughs from a lot of folks,
it seems I had to fight my whole life through.
Some gal would giggle and I'd get red
and some guy would laugh and I'd bust his head,
I tell you, life ain't easy for a boy named Sue.

Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean.
My fist got hard a...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily many May.

I spilt the dew—
But took the morn—
I chose this single star
From out the wide night's numbers—


Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory

As he defeated—dying—
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!


...Read More

by Keats, John
When, presently, the stars began to glide,
And faint away, before my eager view:
At which I sigh'd that I could not pursue,
And dropt my vision to the horizon's verge;
And lo! from opening clouds, I saw emerge
The loveliest moon, that ever silver'd o'er
A shell for Neptune's goblet: she did soar
So passionately bright, my dazzled soul
Commingling with her argent spheres did roll
Through clear and cloudy, even when she went
At last into a dark and vapoury tent--
Whereat, meth...Read More

by Keats, John
...immediate matter. Woe, alas!
That love should be my bane! Ah, Scylla fair!
Why did poor Glaucus ever--ever dare
To sue thee to his heart? Kind stranger-youth!
I lov'd her to the very white of truth,
And she would not conceive it. Timid thing!
She fled me swift as sea-bird on the wing,
Round every isle, and point, and promontory,
From where large Hercules wound up his story
Far as Egyptian Nile. My passion grew
The more, the more I saw her dainty hue
Gleam delicat...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...? d'un colle giunto,

l? dove terminava quella valle

che m'avea di paura il cor compunto,

 guardai in alto, e vidi le sue spalle

vestite gi? de' raggi del pianeta

che mena dritto altrui per ogne calle.

 Allor fu la paura un poco queta

che nel lago del cor m'era durata

la notte ch'i' passai con tanta pieta.

 E come quei che con lena affannata

uscito fuor del pelago a la riva

si volge a l'acqua perigliosa e guata,

 cos? l'animo mio, ch'ancor fuggiva,

si vols...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...hes out. 

Come d'autunno si levan le foglie 
l'una appresso de l'altra, fin che 'l ramo 
vede a la terra tutte le sue spoglie , 

As, in the autumn, leaves detach themselves, 
first one and then the other, till the bough 
sees all its fallen garments on the ground, 


similemente il mal seme d'Adamo 
gittansi di quel lito ad una ad una, 
per cenni come augel per suo richiamo . 

similarly, the evil seed of Adam 
descended from the shoreline one by ...Read More

by Milton, John
...Invoke thy aid to my adventurous song, 
That with no middle flight intends to soar 
Above th' Aonian mount, while it pursues 
Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. 
And chiefly thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer 
Before all temples th' upright heart and pure, 
Instruct me, for thou know'st; thou from the first 
Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread, 
Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast Abyss, 
And mad'st it pregnant: what in me is dark 
Illumine, what is low ...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...ntrar ne l'aringo rimaso.
 Entra nel petto mio, e spira tue
s? come quando Marsia traesti
de la vagina de le membra sue.
 O divina virt?, se mi ti presti
tanto che l'ombra del beato regno
segnata nel mio capo io manifesti,
 vedra'mi al pi? del tuo diletto legno
venire, e coronarmi de le foglie
che la materia e tu mi farai degno.
 S? rade volte, padre, se ne coglie
per triunfare o cesare o poeta,
colpa e vergogna de l'umane voglie,
 che parturir letizia in su la li...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...ce tutto discoverto
quel color che l'inferno mi nascose.
 Venimmo poi in sul lito diserto,
che mai non vide navicar sue acque
omo, che di tornar sia poscia esperto.
 Quivi mi cinse sì com'altrui piacque:
oh maraviglia! ché qual elli scelse
l'umile pianta, cotal si rinacque
 subitamente là onde l'avelse.

Purgatorio: Canto II

 Già era 'l sole a l'orizzonte giunto
lo cui meridian cerchio coverchia
Ierusalèm col suo più alto punto;
 e la notte, che opposita a lui ...Read More

by Raleigh, Sir Walter
The Reverend Mr. Drewitt
Never knew it.
The High did not suspect it;
The Low could not detect it.
Aunt Sue
Said it was obviously untrue.
Uncle Ned
Said I was off my head:
(This from a Colonial
Was really a good testimonial.)
Still everybody seemed to think
That genius owes a good deal to drink.
So that is how
I am not a poet now,
And why
My inspiration has run dry.
It is no sort of use
To cultivate the Muse
If vulgar people
Can't tell a villag...Read More

by Masefield, John
...wo housemaids at the Folly? 
Let someone nip to Biddy Price's, 
They'd all come in a brace of trices. 
Rose Davies, Sue, and Betsy Perks; 
One man, one girl, and damn all Turks." 
But, no. "More gin," they cried; "Come on. 
We'll have the girls in when it's gone." 
So round the g in went, hot and heady, 
Hot Hollands punch on top of deady. 

Hot Hollands punch on top of stout 
Puts madness in and wisdom out. 
From drunken man to drunken man 
The dr...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...instant he restrained
That fiery barb so sternly reined;
'Twas but a moment that he stood,
Then sped as if by death pursued;
But in that instant 0'er his soul
Winters of memory seemed to roll,
And gather in that drop of time
A life of pain, an age of crime.
O'er him who loves, or hates, or fears,
Such moment pours the grief of years:
What felt he then, at once opprest
By all that most distracts the breast?
That pause, which pondered o'er his fate,
Oh, who its dreary leng...Read More

by Bridges, Robert Seymour
...nd all that comes is past expectancy.
If she be silent, silence let it be;
He who would bid her speak might sit and sue
The deep-brow'd Phidian Jove to be untrue
To his two thousand years' solemnity. 
Ah, but her launchèd passion, when she sings,
Wins on the hearing like a shapen prow
Borne by the mastery of its urgent wings:
Or if she deign her wisdom, she doth show
She hath the intelligence of heavenly things,
Unsullied by man's mortal overthrow. 

Thus to be...Read More

by Thompson, Francis
...little casement parted wide,
The gust of his approach would clash it to.
Fear wist not to evade as Love wist to pursue.
Across the margent of the world I fled,
And troubled the gold gateways of the stars,
Smiting for shelter on their clange d bars,
Fretted to dulcet jars and silvern chatter
The pale ports of the moon.

I said to Dawn --- be sudden, to Eve --- be soon,
With thy young skiey blossoms heap me over
From this tremendous Lover.
Float thy vague veil ...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...parent hill,
     Till each, retiring, claims to be
     An islet in an inland sea.

     And now, to issue from the glen,
     No pathway meets the wanderer's ken,
     Unless he climb with footing nice
     A far-projecting precipice.
     The broom's tough roots his ladder made,
     The hazel saplings lent their aid;
     And thus an airy point he won,
     Where, gleaming with the setting sun,
     One burnished sheet of living gold,
     Loch Ka...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...from the dells;
For I would not be kiss'd by all who would list
Of the bold merry mermen under the sea.
They would sue me, and woo me, and flatter me,
In the purple twilights under the sea;
But the king of them all would carry me,
Woo me, and win me, and marry me,
In the branching jaspers under the sea.
Then all the dry-pied things that be
In the hueless mosses under the sea
Would curl round my silver feet silently,
All looking up for the love of me.
And if I sho...Read More

by Khayyam, Omar
...alties, if broke! 

What! from his helpless Creature be repaid
Pure Gold for what he lent us dross-allay'd --
Sue for a Debt we never did contract,
And cannot answer -- Oh the sorry trade! 

Nay, but for terror of his wrathful Face,
I swear I will not call Injustice Grace;
Not one Good Fellow of the Tavern but
Would kick so poor a Coward from the place. 

Oh Thou, who didst with pitfall and with gin
Beset the Road I was to wander in,
Thou will...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...was on the shore; 
The sound was hush'd, the prayer was o'er; 
The watch was set, the night-round made, 
All mandates issued and obey'd: 
'Tis but another anxious night, 
His pains the morrow may requite 
With all revenge and love can pay, 
In guerdon for their long delay. 
Few hours remain, and he hath need 
Of rest, to nerve for many a deed 
Of slaughter; but within his soul 
The thoughts like troubled waters roll. 
He stood alone among the host; 
Not his the loud f...Read More

by Miller, Alice Duer
...ur kindness. But—goodbye.
Please do not hate me; give the devil his due,
This is an act of courage. Always, Sue. 

The boat-train rattling 
Through the green country-side; 
A girl within it battling 
With her tears and pride. 
The Southampton landing, 
Porters, neat and quick, 
And a young man standing, 
Leaning on his stick. 
'Oh, John, John, you shouldn't 
Have come this long way. . . 
'Did you really think I wouldn't 
Be here to make...Read More

by Brecht, Bertolt
Ships' captains check the food in the crew's galley,
Car owners get in beside their chauffeurs.
Doctors sue the insurance companies.
Scholars show their discoveries and hide their decorations.
Farmers deliver potatoes to the barracks.
The revolution has won its first battle:
That's what has happened....Read More

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