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Famous Suit Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Shakespeare, William
...self, If I had self-applied
Love to myself and to no love beside.

'But, woe is me! too early I attended
A youthful suit--it was to gain my grace--
Of one by nature's outwards so commended,
That maidens' eyes stuck over all his face:
Love lack'd a dwelling, and made him her place;
And when in his fair parts she did abide,
She was new lodged and newly deified.

'His browny locks did hang in crooked curls;
And every light occasion of the wind
Upon his lips their silken ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
I have sped to the camps, and comrades found and accepted from every State; 
(In war of you, as well as peace, my suit is good, America—sadly I boast; 
Upon this breast has many a dying soldier lean’d, to breathe his last; 
This arm, this hand, this voice, have nourish’d, rais’d, restored, 
To life recalling many a prostrate form:)
—I am willing to wait to be understood by the growth of the taste of myself, 
I reject none, I permit all. 

(Say, O mother! have I not ...Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...l unfold,
And we will see the painted dolphins sleep
Cradled by murmuring halcyons on the rocks
Where Proteus in quaint suit of green pastures his monstrous

And tremulous opal-hued anemones
Will wave their purple fringes where we tread
Upon the mirrored floor, and argosies
Of fishes flecked with tawny scales will thread
The drifting cordage of the shattered wreck,
And honey-coloured amber beads our twining limbs will deck.'

But when that baffled Lord of War ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...She when the day, that Enoch mention'd, came,
Borrow'd a glass, but all in vain: perhaps
She could not fix the glass to suit her eye;
Perhaps her eye was dim, hand tremulous;
She saw him not: and while he stood on deck
Waving, the moment and the vessel past. 

Ev'n to the last dip of the vanishing sail
She watch'd it, and departed weeping for him;
Then, tho' she mourn'd his absence as his grave,
Set her sad will no less to chime with his,
But throve not in her trade, not ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...nown their names or native home, 
 Their rank or race; but one plays well the lute, 
 The other is a troubadour; both suit 
 The taste of Mahaud, when on summer eve, 
 'Neath opened windows, they obtain her leave 
 To sing upon the terrace, and relate 
 The charming tales that do with music mate. 
 In August the Moravians have their fête, 
 But it is radiant June in which Lusace 
 Must consecrate her noble Margrave race. 
 Thus in the weird and old ancestral tower 
...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...r is the devil? 

Black and blue. 

What goes up the chimney? 

Fat Lazarus in his red suit. 

Forgive us, Father, for we know not. 

Ms. Dog prefers to sunbathe nude. 
Let the indifferent sky look on. 
So what! 
Let Mrs. Sewal pull the curtain back, 
from her second story. 
So what! 
Let United Parcel Service see my parcel. 
La de dah. 
Sun, you hammer of yellow, 
you hat on fire, 
you honeysuckle mama, 
po...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...s? Then 'tis right: 
For so we too without a fleet can fight. 
Or canst thou daub a signpost, and that ill? 
'Twill suit our great debauch and little skill. 
Or hast thou marked how antic masters limn 
The aly-roof with snuff of candle dim, 
Sketching in shady smoke prodigious tools? 
'Twill serve this race of drunkards, pimps and fools. 
But if to match our crimes thy skill presumes, 
As th' Indians, draw our luxury in plumes. 
Or if to score out our compendi...Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
...say, the boss
behind his desk,
he is going to have
to fire me.

I've missed too many 
he is dressed in a
suit, necktie, glasses,
he says, "i am going
to have to let you go"

"it's all right" i tell

He must do what he
must do, he has a 
wife, a house, children.
expenses, most probably
a girlfreind.

I am sorry for him
he is caught.

I walk onto the blazing
the whole day is

(the whole world is at ...Read More

by Angelou, Maya
...Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on the...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...And ``ay,'' said the Duke with a surly pride.
The more was his comfort when he died
At next year's end, in a velvet suit,
With a gilt glove on his hand, his foot
In a silken shoe for a leather boot,
Petticoated like a herald,
In a chamher next to an ante-room,
Where he breathed the breath of page and groom,
What he called stink, and they, perfume:
---They should have set him on red Berold
Mad with pride, like fire to manage!
They should have got his cheek fresh tannage
Su...Read More

by Bradstreet, Anne
1.23 Next, youth came up in gorgeous attire
1.24 (As that fond age, doth most of all desire),
1.25 His Suit of Crimson, and his Scarf of Green.
1.26 In's countenance, his pride quickly was seen.
1.27 Garland of Roses, Pinks, and Gillyflowers
1.28 Seemed to grow on's head (bedew'd with showers).
1.29 His face as fresh, as is Aurora fair,
1.30 When blushing first, she 'gins to red the Air.
1.31 No wooden horse, but one of...Read More

by Carroll, Lewis
...he fact of Desertion I will not dispute;
 But its guilt, as I trust, is removed
(So far as relates to the costs of this suit)
 By the Alibi which has been proved.

"My poor client's fate now depends on your votes."
 Here the speaker sat down in his place,
And directed the Judge to refer to his notes
 And briefly to sum up the case.

But the Judge said he never had summed up before;
 So the Snark undertook it instead,
And summed it so well that it came to far more
...Read More

by Wordsworth, William
...he met with strange adventures.   Oh gentle muses! is this kind  Why will ye thus my suit repel?  Why of your further aid bereave me?  And can ye thus unfriended leave me?  Ye muses! whom I love so well.   Who's yon, that, near the waterfall,  Which thunders down with headlong force,  Beneath the moon, yet shining fair,  As careless as if...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...That costs thy life, my gallant gray!'

     Then through the dell his horn resounds,
     From vain pursuit to call the hounds.
     Back limped, with slow and crippled pace,
     The sulky leaders of the chase;
     Close to their master's side they pressed,
     With drooping tail and humbled crest;
     But still the dingle's hollow throat
     Prolonged the swelling bugle-note.
     The owlets started from their dream,
     The eagles answered wit...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord 
The leaf is dead, the yearning past away: 
New leaf, new life--the days of frost are o'er: 
New life, new love, to suit the newer day: 
New loves are sweet as those that went before: 
Free love--free field--we love but while we may." 

`Ye might have moved slow-measure to my tune, 
Not stood stockstill. I made it in the woods, 
And heard it ring as true as tested gold.' 

But Dagonet with one foot poised in his hand, 
`Friend, did ye mark that fountain yester...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
Of coal-black silk, within and eke without.
The tapes of her white volupere* *head-kerchief 
Were of the same suit of her collere;
Her fillet broad of silk, and set full high:
And sickerly* she had a likerous** eye. *certainly **lascivious
Full small y-pulled were her browes two,
And they were bent*, and black as any sloe. *arched
She was well more *blissful on to see* *pleasant to look upon*
Than is the newe perjenete* tree; *young pear-tree
And softer than...Read More

by Basho, Matsuo
...lated by Bernard Lionel Einbond 


'Dere wasa dis frogg
Gone jumpa offa da logg
Now he inna bogg.'

 -- Anonymous

Translated by George M. Young, Jr.

Old pond 
leap -- splash 
a frog. 

Translated by Lucien Stryck

The old pond,
A frog jumps in:.

Translated by Allan Watts

The old pond, yes, and
A frog is jumping into
The water, and splash.
...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
'Why not a summer's as a winter's tale? 
A tale for summer as befits the time, 
And something it should be to suit the place, 
Heroic, for a hero lies beneath, 
Grave, solemn!' 
Walter warped his mouth at this 
To something so mock-solemn, that I laughed 
And Lilia woke with sudden-thrilling mirth 
An echo like a ghostly woodpecker, 
Hid in the ruins; till the maiden Aunt 
(A little sense of wrong had touched her face 
With colour) turned to me with 'As you will; 
H...Read More

by Tebb, Barry
...slightly ridiculous, the Gothic typeface

Evoking sepia prints of my father at five in a pinafore or seven

In a sailor-suit feeding the Sunday birds, my grandmother

Framed in a trellis of mignonette, the aroma fragrant still,

The violet stock lingering and re-kindling our first garden

The autumn we moved in, the rampant blossoms cager in the soil

Of my father’s first sowing.


For us there was no garden, the cottage at Hall lngs

Had only a paved yard, with tufts...Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)
.... I am not familiar with the exact constitution of the Tarot
of cards, from which I have obviously departed to suit my own convenience.
The Hanged Man, a member of the traditional pack, fits my purpose
in two ways: because he is associated in my mind with the Hanged God
of Frazer, and because I associate him with the hooded figure in
the passage of the disciples to Emmaus in Part V. The Phoenician Sailor
and the Merchant appear later; also the "crowds of peop...Read More

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