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Famous Alchemized Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Doty, Mark
are composed,

and -- what?
What to make of Favrile,
Tiffany's term

for his coppery-rose
flushed with gold
like the alchemized

atmosphere of sunbeams
in a Flemish room?
Faux Moorish,

fake Japanese,
his lamps illumine
chiefly themselves,

copying waterlilies'
bronzy stems,
wisteria or trout scales;

surfaces burnished
like a tidal stream
on which an excitation

of minnows boils
and blooms, artifice
made to show us

the lavish wardrobe
of things, the world's
glaze of appe...Read More

by Graves, Robert
...hat speaks a bitter word, 
I stood beneath the wall 
And there defied them all. 
The stones they cast I caught 
And alchemized with thought
Into such lumps of gold 
As dreaming misers hold. 
The boiling oil they threw 
Fell in a shower of dew, 
Refreshing me; the spears
Flew harmless by my ears, 
Struck quivering in the sod; 
There, like the prophet’s rod, 
Put leaves out, took firm root, 
And bore me instant fruit.
My foes were all astounded, 
Dumbstricken and co...Read More

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