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Famous Tall Tales Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Thomas, Dylan like a marble grave. Auntie Hannah laced her tea with rum,
because it was only once a year.

Bring out the tall tales now that we told by the fire as the gaslight bubbled like a diver. Ghosts whooed like
owls in the long nights when I dared not look over my shoulder; animals lurked in the cubbyhole under the
stairs and the gas meter ticked. And I remember that we went singing carols once, when there wasn't the shaving
of a moon to light the flying streets...Read More

by Thomas, Dylan
...ith its horns through mist and the castle
 Brown as owls
 But all the gardens
Of spring and summer were blooming in the tall tales
Beyond the border and under the lark full cloud.
 There could I marvel
 My birthday
 Away but the weather turned around.

 It turned away from the blithe country
And down the other air and the blue altered sky
 Streamed again a wonder of summer
 With apples
 Pears and red currants
And I saw in the turning so clearly a child's
Forgotten mor...Read More

by Chesterton, G K learned to learn, 
Save to deduce, by timid steps and small, 
From towering smoke that fire can never burn 
And from tall tales that men were never tall. 
Say, have you thought what manner of man it is 
Of who men say "He could strike giants down" ? 
Or what strong memories over time's abyss 
Bore up the pomp of Camelot and the crown. 
And why one banner all the background fills, 
Beyond the pageants of so many spears, 
And by what witchery in the western hills 
A ...Read More

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