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Famous Suzanne Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Cohen, Leonard
...Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river 
You can hear the boats go by 
You can spend the night beside her 
And you know that she's half crazy 
But that's why you want to be there 
And she feeds you tea and oranges 
That come all the way from China 
And just when you mean to tell her 
That you have no love to give her 
Then she gets you on her wave...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
...Paul! look!
—but he rushes to a different
The moon!

I heard shrieks and thought:
What's that?

That's just Suzanne
talking to the moon!
Pounding on the window
with both fists:

 Paul! Paul!

—and talking to the moon.
and pounding the glass
with both fists!

Brother Paul! the moon!...Read More

by Masefield, John
...e the bloody liar." 
"Who says I lie?" "I do." 
"You lie, 
I climbed the spire and had a fly." 
"I'm French Suzanne, the Circus Dancer, 
I'm going to dance a bloody Lancer." 
"If I'd my rights I'm Squire's heir." 
"By rights I'd be a millionaire." 
"By rights I'd be the lord of you, 
But Farmer Scriggins had his do, 
He done me, so I've had to hoove it, 
I've got it all wrote down to prove it. 
And one of these dark winter nights 
He'll learn I mea...Read More

by Levine, Philip
...urn from us, knowing our pain 
 is not theirs or caused by them.

from a hospital in Algiers

 Dear Suzanne: this letter will 
 not reach you because I can't 
 write it; I have no pencil, 
 no paper, only the blunt 
 end of my anger. My dear, 
 if I had words how could I 
 report the imperfect failure 
 for which I began to die? 

 I might begin by saying 
 that it was for clarity, 
 though I did not find it in 
 terror: dubiously 
 entered each act, u...Read More

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