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Famous Valuable Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Lowell, Amy
...d at his side
Was the vase, on the turned-up soil.
"My friend," said the schoolmaster, pompous and 
"That's a valuable thing you have there,
But it might get broken out of doors,
It should meet with the utmost care.
What are you doing with it out here?"
"Why, Sir," said the poor old man,
"I like to have it about, do you see?
To be with it all I can."
"You will smash it," said the schoolmaster, sternly 
"Mark my words and see!"
And he walked away, whil...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
In death, defeat, and sisters’, mothers’ tears. 

Ah, hills and slopes of Brooklyn! I perceive you are more valuable than your owners
Ah, river! henceforth you will be illumin’d to me at sunrise with something besides

Encampments new! in the midst of you stands an encampment very old; 
Stands forever the camp of the dead brigade....Read More

by Nash, Ogden
...mother of the Gracchi, she wasn't referring to her children, no, she was referring to her jewels, which were very very valuable,
So Columbus said, Somebody show me the sunset and somebody did and he set sail for it,
And he discovered America and they put him in jail for it,
And the fetters gave him welts,
And they named America after somebody else,
So the sad fate of Columbus ought to be pointed out to every child and every voter,
Because it has a very important moral, which...Read More

by Gluck, Louise
...nnot succeed
with all of you.

And you would like to dictate to me,
you would like to tell me
who among you is most valuable,
who most resembles me.
And you hold up as an example
the pure life, the detachment
you struggle to acheive--

How can you understand me
when you cannot understand yourselves?
Your memory is not
powerful enough, it will not
reach back far enough--

Never forget you are my children.
You are not suffering because you touched each other
but bec...Read More

by Mansfield, Katherine
...curls were all white.

And she said, "O you poor little stranger
Before I am melted, you know,
I have brought you a valuable present,
A little brown fiddle and bow.

So now you can never be lonely,
With a fiddle, you see, for a friend,
But all through the Summer and Winter
Play beautiful songs without end."

And then,--O she melted like water,
But Olaf was happy at last;
The fiddle he tucked in his shoulder,
He held his small bow very fast.

So perhaps on the ...Read More

by Plath, Sylvia
..., so of course she was grateful.
I gave her a soul, I bloomed out of her as a rose
Blooms out of a vase of not very valuable porcelain,
And it was I who attracted everybody's attention,
Not her whiteness and beauty, as I had at first supposed.
I patronized her a little, and she lapped it up --
You could tell almost at once she had a slave mentality.

I didn't mind her waiting on me, and she adored it.
In the morning she woke me early, reflecting the sun
From h...Read More

by Plath, Sylvia
Or a piece of my hair on my clothes.
So, so, Herr Doktor.
So, Herr Enemy.
I am your opus,
I am your valuable,
The pure gold baby
That melts to a shriek.
I turn and burn.
Do not think I underestimate your great concern.
Ash, ash---
You poke and stir.
Flesh, bone, there is nothing there----
A cake of soap,
A wedding ring,
A gold filling.
Herr God, Herr Lucifer
Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I...Read More

by Plath, Sylvia
...trolley. The sparks are blue.
The blue sparks spill,
Splitting like quartz into a million bits.

O jewel! O valuable!
That night the moon
Dragged its blood bag, sick
Up over the harbor lights.
And then grew normal,
Hard and apart and white.
The scale-sheen on the sand scared me to death.
We kept picking up handfuls, loving it,
Working it like dough, a mulatto body,
The silk grits.
A dog picked up your doggy husband. He went on.

Now ...Read More

by Jong, Erica
& received,
can we redeem
our love from the limbo,
dust it off like a fine sea trunk
found in an attic
& now more valuable
for its age & rarity
than a shining new one?

Probably not.
This page is spattered
with tears that streak the words
lose, losses, limbo.

I stand on a ledge in hell
still howling for our love...Read More

by Plath, Sylvia of the side,
The antagonized

Side of green Adam, I
Smile, cross-legged,

Shifting my clarities.
So valuable!
How the sun polishes this shoulder!

And should
The moon, my
Indefatigable cousin

Rise, with her cancerous pallors,
Dragging trees --
Little bushy polyps,

Little nets,
My visibilities hide.
I gleam like a mirror.

At this facet the bridegroom arrives
Lord of the mirrors!
It is himself he guides

In among these silk
Screens, these rustling...Read More

by Lear, Edward
...S  was a screwTo screw down a box;And then it was fastenedWithout any locks.  s! Valuable screw!...Read More

by Lehman, David
...e ground floor and there have been
two burglaries on my block already this week,
do I quickly take a look to see
if the valuables are missing? No, that is I can't,
it's an epistemological quandary: what I consider
valuable, would they? Who are they, anyway? I'd answer that
with speculations based on newspaper accounts if I were
Donald E. Westlake, whose novels I'm hooked on, but
this first cigarette after twenty-four hours
of abstinence tastes so good it makes me want
to ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...rity, (if need be, you
 have every one of those houses to destroy them; 
You thought not to destroy those valuable houses, standing fast, full of comfort, built
May they stand fast, then? Not an hour, except you, above them and all, stand fast;) 
—O banner! not money so precious are you, not farm produce you, nor the material good
Nor excellent stores, nor landed on wharves from the ships; 
Not the superb ships, with sail-power or stea...Read More

by Williams, Hugo
...s island
looking picturesque and mythical

with these two faethery maniacs,
I don't enjoy singing 
this trio, fatal and valuable.

I will tell the secret to you,
to you, only to you.
Come closer. This song

is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,
you are unique

at last. Alas
it is a boring song
but it works every time....Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...r's too strong, or not strong enough. I don't 
know. My eyes
are tired. Oh, Peter, don't be so rough; it is valuable. I 
won't do
any more. I promise. You tyrannise, Dear, 
that's enough. Now sit down
and amuse me while I rest."
The shadows of the geraniums creep over the floor, 
and begin to climb
the opposite wall.

Peter watches her, fluid with fatigue, floating, and drifting,
and undulant in the orange glow. His senses flow towards ...Read More

by Seeger, Alan

I thought that round her sinuous beauty curled 
Fierce exhalations of hot human love, -- 
Around her beauty valuable above 
The sunny outspread kingdoms of the world; 
Flowing as ever like a dancing fire 
Flowed her belled ankles and bejewelled wrists, 
Around her beauty swept like sanguine mists 
The nimbus of a thousand hearts' desire....Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...of one hundred miles to the westward,
And loads of gold and silver were the British troops' reward. 

And all other valuable property was brought to London,
The spoils that the British Army had won;
And it was conveyed in grand procession to the Tower of London,
And the Londoners applauded the British for the honours they had won....Read More

by Lear, Edward
...d person of Bray,Who sang through the whole of the dayTo his ducks and his pigs, whom he fed upon figs,That valuable person of Bray. ...Read More

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