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Famous Friendship Poems :

Four Things Make Us Happy Here by Robert Herrick

A Bottle And Friend by Robert Burns

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

A Time to Talk by Robert Frost

May our friendship last forever by Nicholas Gordon

This poem by Donald Justice

Love and Friendship by Emily Bronte

Stella's Birthday by Jonathan Swift

Friends by William Butler Yeats

Tact by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To A Friend by Matthew Arnold

When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats

The Perfect Friend by Shannen Wrass

Friendship Sonnet by William Shakespeare

The Optimist Creed by Christian D. Larsen

Be A Friend by Edgar A Guest

The Miracle of Friendship by Anonymous

Friendship by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Value of a smile by Anonymous

You Smile Upon Your Friend To-Day by A. E. Housman

Friendship by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

It's Time, My Friend' by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

To My Friends by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

To a Friend by Amy Lowell

MY FRIEND'S LIGHT by Andrei Voznesensky

On A Drop Of Dew by Andrew Marvell

To His Noble Friend, Mr. Richard Lovelace, Upon His Poems by Andrew Marvell

To His Worthy Friend Doctor Witty Upon His Translation Of The Popular Errors by Andrew Marvell

The Discontent. by Anne Killigrew

The Miseries of Man by Anne Killigrew

Friendship Between Ephelia And Ardelia by Anne Kingsmill Finch

My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton

To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Triumph by Anne Sexton

LETTERS TO FRIENDS by Barry Tebb

A Part of an Ode by Ben Jonson

A Pindaric Ode by Ben Jonson

Around the Corner by Charles Hanson Towne

Picture Of A 23-Year-Old Youth Painted By His Friend Of The Same Age, An Amature by Constantine P. Cavafy

For Annie by Edgar Allan Poe

Sonnets 01: We Talk Of Taxes, And I Call You Friend by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Dear Friends by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Platonic by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love and Friendship by Emily Bronte

A shady friend -- for Torrid days by Emily Dickinson

Are Friends Delight or Pain? by Emily Dickinson

I should not dare to leave my friend, by Emily Dickinson

My friend attacks my friend! by Emily Dickinson

My friend must be a Bird by Emily Dickinson

The Bench-Legged Fyce by Eugene Field

Taking Leave of a Friend by Ezra Pound

A Special Friend by Faye Diane Kilday

It's Good To Have a Friend Like You! by Faye Diane Kilday

To my Dear Friend M Ben Jonson by Francis Beaumont

Friendship by Friedrich von Schiller

To My Friends by Friedrich von Schiller

Friends by Gary R. Ferris

AN ODE TO MY JAILED FRIEND by Godfrey Mutiso Gorry

Friendship by Hartley Coleridge

Friendship by Henry David Thoreau

The Tragedy by Henry Lawson

Friends Departed by Henry Vaughan

Hiawatha's Friends by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thinking Of A Friend At Night by Hermann Hesse

Having each of you as friends by Ivan Donn Carswell

My enemy my friend by Ivan Donn Carswell

The Two Friends by Jean de La Fontaine

Somebody by Jeff Yalden

THREE ODES TO MY FRIEND. by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dream Song 130: When I saw my friend covered with blood, I thought by John Berryman

Heroic Stanzas by John Dryden

To My Dear Friend Mr Congreve by John Dryden

To My Dear Friend Mr. Congreve On His Commedy Call'd The Double Dealer by John Dryden

On Leaving Some Friends At An Early Hour by John Keats

To A Friend Who Sent Me Some Roses by John Keats

To an Online Friend by John Matthew

To A Friend by Joseph Rodman Drake

A Retir'd Friendship by Katherine Philips

Content, To My Dearest Lucasia by Katherine Philips

Friendships Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia by Katherine Philips

To My Excellent Lucasia, On Our Friendship by Katherine Philips

A Valentine by Lewis Carroll

A Friend Sends Her Perfumed Carriage by Li Ching Chao

Taking Leave of a Friend by Li Po

One writes, that Other Friends Remain by Lord Alfred Tennyson

On A Distant View Of Harrow by Lord Byron

The Tear by Lord Byron

The Friend by Marge Piercy

Girlfriend by Marina Tsvetaeva

A Letter to a Friend in the Country by Mary Barber

Absence by Mary Darby Robinson

Ode to Despair by Mary Darby Robinson

Ode to the Nightingale by Mary Darby Robinson

Stanzas by Mary Darby Robinson

Stanzas to a Friend by Mary Darby Robinson

The Deserted Cottage by Mary Darby Robinson

To A Friend by Matthew Arnold

An Hymn To Humanity (To S.P.G. Esp) by Phillis Wheatley

Friend by Rabindranath Tagore

The Gardener XLIII: No, My Friends by Rabindranath Tagore

Friend by Raymond A. Foss

Friends by Raymond A. Foss

Friends I’ll Never Know by Raymond A. Foss

Frost Friendly by Raymond A. Foss

Hi Friend by Raymond A. Foss

My Friend, the Mujahideen by Raymond A. Foss

Old Friends by Raymond A. Foss

To Chloe, Courting Her For His Friend by Richard Lovelace

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Epistle to a Young Friend by Robert Burns

Frae the friends and land I love by Robert Burns

Inscription to Chloris by Robert Burns

Lines to an Old Sweetheart by Robert Burns

Love in the Guise of Friendship by Robert Burns

Suppressed Stanzas of “The Vision” by Robert Burns

Sylvander to Clarinda by Robert Burns

The Tear-drop—“Wae is my heart” by Robert Burns

Two Fusiliers by Robert Graves

A PARANAETICALL, OR ADVISIVE VERSETO HIS FRIEND, MR JOHN WICKS by Robert Herrick

HIS AGE:DEDICATED TO HIS PECULIAR FRIEND,MR JOHN WICKES, UNDER THE NAME OFPOSTUMUS by Robert Herrick

IMPOSSIBILITIES: TO HIS FRIEND by Robert Herrick

To His Honoured and Most Ingenious Friend Mr. Charles Cotton by Robert Herrick

TO HIS PECULIAR FRIEND, MR JOHN WICKS by Robert Herrick

Fear Not, Dear Friend, But Freely Live Your Days by Robert Louis Stevenson

I Now, O Friend, Whom Noiselessly The Snows by Robert Louis Stevenson

To Friends At Home by Robert Louis Stevenson

I Have Some Friends by Robert William Service

If You Had A Friend by Robert William Service

My Friends by Robert William Service

The Three Sorts of Friends (fragment) by Samuel Coleridge

Sonnet XX: Fly, Fly, My Friends by Sir Philip Sidney

Sonnet XXI: Your Words, My Friend by Sir Philip Sidney

Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground by Stephen Crane

The Pleasures Of Friendship by Stevie Smith

Friends by Stuart Macfarlane

Friendship by Stuart Macfarlane

The Death of Nicou by Thomas Chatterton

A Confession To A Friend In Trouble by Thomas Hardy

Friends Beyond by Thomas Hardy

Oh! Think Not My Spirits Are Always As Light by Thomas Moore

My Friends by W. S. Merwin

A Friend’s Illness by W.B. Yeats

A Man Young And Old: VII. The Friends Of His Youth by William Butler Yeats

Friends by William Butler Yeats

Meditations In Time Of Civil War by William Butler Yeats

The Lover Pleads With His Friend For Old Friends by William Butler Yeats

To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Nothing by William Butler Yeats

Youth And Age by William Butler Yeats

To A Friend by William Carlos Williams

To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies by William Carlos Williams

The Best Friend by William Henry Davies

To a Friend by William Lisle Bowles

Sonnet 104: To me, fair friend, you never can be old by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 120: That you were once unkind befriends me now by William Shakespeare

For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid by William Stafford

On A Friends Absence by William Strode

With Penne, Inke, And Paper To A Distressed Friend by William Strode

 

 

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o'kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

 

Friends by Stuart Macfarlane

Drain the colour from the rainbow,
Let the stars tumble from the sky,
Mute the bird’s morning chorus,
Steal the beauty from the flowers.
All these and more I’d sacrifice,
And surely would survive.
But friendship . . . .
Not a moment could I bare,
To be without the friends I love.
For they are life’s true wonders,
Filling my heart, my soul, my senses.
With all the colours of happiness,
With every sight and sound of joy.

 

Friends Beyond by Thomas Hardy

WILLIAM Dewy, Tranter Reuben, Farmer Ledlow late at plough,
Robert's kin, and John's, and Ned's,
And the Squire, and Lady Susan, lie in Mellstock churchyard now!

'Gone,' I call them, gone for good, that group of local hearts and
heads;
Yet at mothy curfew-tide,
And at midnight when the noon-heat breathes it back from walls and
leads,

They've a way of whispering to me--fellow-wight who yet abide--
In the muted, measured note
Of a ripple under archways, or a lone cave's stillicide:

'We have triumphed: this achievement turns the bane to antidote,
Unsuccesses to success,
Many thought-worn eves and morrows to a morrow free of thought.

'No more need we corn and clothing, feel of old terrestrial stress;
Chill detraction stirs no sigh;
Fear of death has even bygone us: death gave all that we possess.'

W. D.--'Ye mid burn the wold bass-viol that I set such vallie by.'
Squire.--'You may hold the manse in fee,
You may wed my spouse, my children's memory of me may decry.'

Lady.--'You may have my rich brocades, my laces; take each household
key;
Ransack coffer, desk, bureau;
Quiz the few poor treasures hid there, con the letters kept by me.'

Far.--'Ye mid zell my favorite heifer, ye mid let the charlock grow,
Foul the grinterns, give up thrift.'
Wife.--'If ye break my best blue china, children, I sha'n't care or
ho.'

All--'We've no wish to hear the tidings, how the people's fortunes
shift;
What your daily doings are;
Who are wedded, born, divided; if your lives beat slow or swift.

'Curious not the least are we if our intents you make or mar,
If you quire to our old tune,
If the City stage still passes, if the weirs still roar afar.'

Thus, with very gods' composure, freed those crosses late and soon
Which, in life, the Trine allow
(Why, none witteth), and ignoring all that haps beneath the moon,

William Dewy, Tranter Reuben, Farmer Ledlow late at plough,
Robert's kin, and John's, and Ned's,
And the Squire, and Lady Susan, murmur mildly to me now.

 

 
   
 

Books of  Poems on Friendship :

Things Left Unsaid

 

Grade 6-8 - Sarah is not unlike other teens; she's interested in shopping, boys, and her girlfriends. However, she is tired of her predictable life and is "looking for something." The "something" she finds is Robin - a defiant, tough-talking girl who smokes, vandalizes, and wears nothing but black. Sharing an affinity to buck authority, the two become fast friends. Even Sarah isn't sure why she has given up her friends and lost herself. She posits, "...I often choose to be the plastic doll on bended knee, throwing other people's words out my mouth. Why do I surrender my voice like that?" When Robin attempts suicide, Sarah slowly returns to her former self, realizing that she may have wanted to be different, but not that different. Hemphill has her pacing and character development down pat. She takes Sarah from August through the end of her junior year, alternating shorter and longer passages effectively, showing a life peppered with despair, romance, and confusion. The teen's friendships (both destructive and healthy) shape who she becomes. In the end, she displays not only hope, but growth, as she invites the destructive Robin to "forge new footprints" with her and turn her back on the "skeletons of disappointment and unhappiness." Readers don't know what will happen, but they do have a better idea of who Sarah is through this telling final poem. A thought-provoking read. - Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI
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