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Famous Tactful Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Hardy, Thomas

In Casterbridge there stood a noble pile, 
Wrought with pilaster, bay, and balustrade 
In tactful times when shrewd Eliza swayed. - 
 On burgher, squire, and clown 
It smiled the long street down for near a mile 


But evil days beset that domicile; 
The stately beauties of its roof and wall 
Passed into sordid hands. Condemned to fall 
 Were cornice, quoin, and cove, 
And all that art had wove in antique style. 


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by Benet, Stephen Vincent
We gave them tit for tat, 
Snarlings for snarlings! 
Squashy pomposities, 
Shocked at our violence, 
Let not one tactful hiss 
Break her new silence! 

Maids of antiquity, 
Look well upon her; 
Ice was her chastity, 
Spotless her honor. 
Neighbors, with breasts of snow, 
Dames of much virtue, 
How she could flame and glow! 
Lord, how she hurt you! 

She was a woman, and 
Tender -- at times! 
(Delicate was her hand) 
One of her crimes! 
Hair that strayed elfinly, 
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by Miller, Alice Duer that gives warning
Of death, by that heartbreaking sigh at my door. 

Bad news is not broken, 
 By kind tactful word; 
The message is spoken 
 Ere the word can be heard. 
The eye and the bearing, 
 The breath make it clear, 
And the heart is despairing 
 Before the ears hear. 
I do not remember 
 The words that they said: 
 I knew John was dead. 
All done and over—
 That day long ago—
The while cliffs of Dover— 
 Little di...Read more of this...

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