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Famous Sumptuary Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Ashbery, John
...y replete as the source of dreams
Is being tapped so that this one dream
May wax, flourish like a cabbage rose,
Defying sumptuary laws, leaving us
To awake and try to begin living in what
Has now become a slum. Sydney Freedberg in his
Parmigianino says of it: "Realism in this portrait
No longer produces and objective truth, but a bizarria . . . . 
However its distortion does not create
A feeling of disharmony . . . . The forms retain
A stro...Read More



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