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Famous Whew Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Service, Robert William
...her when it's milking time. . . .

 (English voice, months later): --

"Ow Bill! A rottin' Frenchy. Whew! 'E ain't 'arf prime."...Read More

by Riley, James Whitcomb
...n she's around, er wisht they had!
I play out on our porch an' talk
To Th' Raggedy Man 'at mows our lawn;
An' he says, "Whew!" an' nen leans on
His old crook-scythe, and blinks his eyes,
An' sniffs all 'round an' says, "I swawn!
Ef my old nose don't tell me lies,
It 'pears like I smell custard-pies!"
An' nen he'll say,
"Clear out o' my way!
They's time fer work, an' time fer play!
Take yer dough, an' run, child, run!
Er she cain't git no cookin' done!"

Wunst our hired girl, ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor wooden wall! 
 By Leghorn, twenty caravels 
 Came 'cross our lonely sail— 
 Spinoza's Sea-Invincibles! 
 But, whew! our shots like hail 
 Made shortish work of galley long 
 And chubby sailing craft— 
 Our making ready first to close 
 Sent them a-spinning aft. 
 Off Marseilles, ne'er by sun forsook 
 We friends fell-to as foes! 
 For Lucca Diavolo mistook 
 Angelo's wife for Rose, 
 And hang me! soon the angel slid 
 The devil in the sea, 
 And wou...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...we hope oak-galls, I doubt:
What's the Latin name for ``parsley''?_
What's the Greek name for Swine's Snout?


Whew! We'll have our platter burnished,
Laid with care on our own shelf!
With a fire-new spoon we're furnished,
And a goblet for ourself,
Rinsed like something sacrificial
Ere 'tis fit to touch our chaps---
Marked with L. for our initial!
(He-he! There his lily snaps!)


_Saint_, forsooth! While brown Dolores
Squats outside the Convent bank
With ...Read More

by Muldoon, Paul
...ith their lemniscs
or peekaboo-quiffs of Russian sable

and tallow-unctuous vernix, into the realm of the widgeon—
the 'whew' or 'yellow-poll', not the 'zuizin'—

Dorothy Aoife Korelitz Muldoon: I watch through floods of tears
as they give her a quick rub-a-dub
and whisk
her off to the nursery, then check their staple-guns for staples...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...s affair.
A togaed, laurelled man's I mean. Now 
this chap seems to feel
As though he owned those soldiers. Whew! How 
he makes one reel,
Swinging round above his circling armies in a wheel.
Sweeping round the sky in an orbit like the sun's,
Flashing sparks like cannon-balls from his own long guns.
Perhaps my sight is tired, but that figure simply stuns.
How low the houses seem, and all the people are 
mere flies.
That fellow pokes his hat up till ...Read More

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