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Famous True Or False Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Dryden, John
...till at hand with means;
And providently pimps for ill desires:
The good old cause reviv'd, a plot requires.
Plots, true or false, are necessary things,
To raise up common-wealths, and ruin kings.

 Th' inhabitants of old Jerusalem
Were Jebusites: the town so call'd from them;
And theirs the native right—
But when the chosen people grew more strong,
The rightful cause at length became the wrong:
And every loss the men of Jebus bore,
They still were thought God's enemi...Read More

by Schwartz, Delmore
...f Dolly Madison and Clara
When she says, "any woman who claims she does not like
 to be grabbed is a liar!"
Whether true or false, this colossal remark
 states a dazzling intention...

It might be the birth of a new Venus among us
It atones at the very least for such as Carrie Nation
For Miss Monroe will never be a blue nose,
 and perhaps we may hope
That there will be fewer blue noses because
 she has flourished --
Long may she flourish in self-delight and th...Read More

by Masters, Edgar Lee
...When I first came to Spoon River
I did not know whether what they told me
Was true or false.
They would bring me an epitaph
And stand around the shop while I worked
And say "He was so kind," "He was wonderful,"
"She was the sweetest woman," "He was a consistent Christian."
And I chiseled for them whatever they wished,
All in ignorance of its truth.
But later, as I lived among the people here,
I knew how near to the life
We...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...conquer'd glances shone,Those glances now so sparingly bestow'd.And true or false, meseem'd some signs she show'dAs o'er her cheek soft pity's hue was thrown;I, whose whole breast with love's soft food was sown,What wonder if at once my bosom glow'd?Graceful she moved, with more than mortal mien,I...Read More

by Wilmot, John
...each, devise?
Didst thou not stand to point their dull philosophies.
Is, or is not, the two great ends of Fate,
And true or false, the subject of debate,
That perfects, or destroys, the vast designs of Fate,
When they have racked the politician's breast,
Within thy bosom most securely rest,
And, when reduced to thee, are least unsafe and best.
But Nothing, why does Something still permit
That sacred monarchs should at council sit
With persons highly thought at best fo...Read More

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