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Famous Well Off Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...You see, the thing was this way -- there was me, 
That rode Panopply, the Splendor mare, 
And Ikey Chambers on the Iron Dook, 
And Smith, the half-caste rider on Regret, 
And that long bloke from Wagga -- him that rode 
Veronikew, the Snowy River horse. 
Well, none of them had chances -- not a chance 
Among the lot, unless the rest fell dead 
Or wasn't...Read More

by Pinsky, Robert
...In the willows along the river at Pleasure Bay
A catbird singing, never the same phrase twice.
Here under the pines a little off the road
In 1927 the Chief of Police
And Mrs. W. killed themselves together,
Sitting in a roadster. Ancient unshaken pilings
And underwater chunks of still-mortared brick
In shapes like bits of puzzle strew the bo...Read More

by Smith, Stevie
...Nobody knows what I feel about Freddy
I cannot make anyone understand
I love him sub specie aet ernitaties
I love him out of hand.
I don't love him so much in the restaurants that's a fact
To get him hobnob with my old pub chums needs too much tact
He don't love them and they don't love him
In the pub lub lights they say Freddy very dim.
But get hi...Read More

by Lawrence, D. H.
...wn image? tramping his thirty miles a day
after partridges, or a little rubber ball?
wouldn't you like to be like that, well off, and quite the

Oh, but wait!
Let him meet a new emotion, let him be faced with another
 man's need,
let him come home to a bit of moral difficulty, let life
 face him with a new demand on his understanding
and then watch him go soggy, like a wet meringue.
Watch him turn into a mess, either a fool or a bully.
Just watch the display of...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
I SING the Body electric; 
The armies of those I love engirth me, and I engirth them; 
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, 
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the Soul. 

Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves;
And if those who defile the living are as bad as they...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...s childhood, with the well-known
 neighbors and
They warmly welcome him—he is barefoot again, he forgets he is well off; 
The Dutchman voyages home, and the Scotchman and Welshman voyage home, and the native of
 Mediterranean voyages home, 
To every port of England, France, Spain, enter well-fill’d ships, 
The Swiss foots it toward his hills—the Prussian goes his way, the Hungarian his way,
 Pole his way,
The Swede returns, and the Dane and Norwegian r...Read More

by Frost, Robert
Our hens and cows and pigs are always better 
Than folks like us have any business with. 
Farmers around twice as well off as we 
Haven't as good. They don't go with the farm. 
One thing you can't help liking about John, 
He's fond of nice things--too fond, some would say. 
But Estelle don't complain: she's like him there. 
She wants our hens to be the best there are. 
You never saw this room before a show, 
Full of lank, shivery, half-drowned birds ...Read More

by Browning, Robert


What of a villa? Though winter be over in March by rights,
'Tis May perhaps ere the snow shall have withered well off the heights:
You've the brown ploughed land before, where the oxen steam and wheeze,
And the hills over-smoked behind by the faint grey olive trees.


Is it better in May, I ask you? You've summer all at once;
In a day he leaps complete with a few strong April suns.
'Mid the sharp short emerald wheat, scarce risen three fingers well,
The ...Read More

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