Hello Mr.Pedantic

Surrended by an army of native speakers, backed by Milton, Chesterton, Brooks, Auden, Wordsworth, and of course Shakespeare, claiming that in a poem, an opening with a subordinate clause is the best, I need some examples of the contrary.

My Regards
Hello x

A few non-subordinate 'famous poems':

Sumer is y-comen in (anon)
Hide, Absalom, thy gilte tresses clear (Chaucer)
Come live with me, and be my love (Marlowe)
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Shakespeare)
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may (Herrick)
Why dois your brand sae drop wi' bluid, Edward, Edward? (Anon)
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day (Gray)
I wander through each charter'd street (Blake)
It is an ancient Mariner (Coleridge)
My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains (Keats)
The woods decay, the woods decay and fall (Tennyson)
That is no country for old men. (Yeats)
April is the cruellest month (Eliot)
He disappeared in the dead of winter (Auden)

I hope you have some money riding on this.

Hello Mr.pedantic

That is no country for old men, and April...you are the best maestro. Thank you
I have got a few more from Yeats, and I think, I will be able to show them that I am not dead from the neck up.

Thank you again Sir, and My Best Regards.
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You're very welcome, x!

It sounds a fascinating argument. I'm wondering about your friends' line of attack. Something like: 'with an initial subordinate clause, the reader's interest is aroused, because he wants to know what's coming'?

Hello sir,

That’s what, they exactly believe, whereas for me poetry is more close to music or painting, and the one who is writing a poem, his one and only concern is freedom, and above all freedom from temporality, and its timelessness brings it closer to painting or music than to the other forms of arts, then they come up with the argument that a little change here and there to make it more attractive doesn’t hurt anyone, But I don’t think none of those poets who started their poems with a subordinate clause had any decision to make about it, it came just the way it had to come and it’s less of a construct, and more of a subconscious outlet, just like the first few notes of any musical creation, a poet is a challenger in creation and not an inventor or constructor, but there is an order in his creation, and the whole discussion is about the source of this presumable order. Now, I leaf through The poetics of Aristotle for some back up. Well it is a simple question of marketing; thank you again for the help.

My Highest Regards