Classical Poets

These short poems are based on an invented form called “briefs,” which you can read about on this page. Basically, the couplet has to end with the name of a (famous) person, and it has to be written in anapestic tetrameter, with the first syllable removed, for a total of eleven syllables. Variations are acceptable because not every name will fit into such a meter.


He couldn’t be quiet, though many were miffed,
The greatest of satirists, Jonathan Swift.


A skillful translator and poet, we hope
That England will give us another like Pope.

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