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Famous Adjusting Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
 in Death the same as Life,) 
You that, sometimes known, oftener unknown, really shape and mould the New World,
 it to Time and Space, 
You hidden National Will, lying in your abysms, conceal’d, but ever alert,
You past and present purposes, tenaciously pursued, may-be unconscious of
Unswerv’d by all the passing errors, perturbations of the surface; 
You vital, universal, deathless germs, beneath all creeds, arts, statutes,

Here ...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...areful setting, then her own attire
Came in for notice, tiptoeing higher and higher
She peered into the wall-glass, now adjusting
A straying lock, or else a ribbon thrusting
This way or that to suit her. At last 
Or rather plumping down upon a chair,
She took her work, the stocking she was knitting,
And watched the rain upon the window glare
In white, bright drops. Through the black glass a flare
Of lightning squirmed about her needles. "Oh!"
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by Moore, Marianne
through black jade.
 Of the crow-blue mussel-shells, one keeps
 adjusting the ash-heaps;
 opening and shutting itself like

injured fan.
 The barnacles which encrust the side
 of the wave, cannot hide
 there for the submerged shafts of the

split like spun
 glass, move themselves with spotlight swiftness
 into the crevices—
 in and out, illuminating

turquoise sea
 of bodies. The water drives a wedge
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by Green, Adrian
...his own backyard -
independent of the band it seems.

Disrhythmic shuffling of ashtray,
beer, a pack of cigarettes,
adjusting microphones,

then in the middle eight
he draws, exhales, and catches breath,
stoops forward to the mouthpiece

and blows,
  a tumbling counterpoint,
scales soaring from his horn.

The melody flows

until the break,
and then he shoulders arms,
a truce between the music and his ailing lungs.

Between choruses he sits apart
to light another c...Read More

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