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Famous Alcoves Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Service, Robert William
...the vultures wing
 'Mid mosque and minaret,
The proud pavilion of a King
 Was luminously set.
'Mid fairy fountains, alcoves dim,
 Upon a garnet throne
He ruled,--and now all trace of him
 Is just this stone.

Ah well, I've done with wandering,
 But from a blousy bar
I see with drunk imagining
 A Palace like a star.
I build it up from one grey stone
 With gardens hanging high,
And dream . . . Long, long ere Babylon
 It's King was I....Read more of this...

by Browning, Robert
...hole day in the quest,—who cares?
But 'tis twilight, you see,—with such suites to explore,
Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune!...Read more of this...

by Neruda, Pablo
...lling house of the rind,
the proportions, arcane and acerb.

Cutting the lemon
the knife
leaves a little cathedral:
alcoves unguessed by the eye
that open acidulous glass
to the light; topazes
riding the droplets,
aromatic facades.

So, while the hand
holds the cut of the lemon,
half a world
on a trencher,
the gold of the universe
to your touch:
a cup yellow
with miracles,
a breast and a nipple
perfuming the earth;
a flashing made fruitage,
the diminutiv...Read more of this...

by Ashbery, John
... The surface is what's there
And nothing can exist except what's there.
There are no recesses in the room, only alcoves,
And the window doesn't matter much, or that
Sliver of window or mirror on the right, even
As a gauge of the weather, which in French is
Le temps, the word for time, and which
Follows a course wherein changes are merely
Features of the whole. The whole is stable within
Instability, a globe like ours, resting
On a pedestal of vacuum, a ping-pong b...Read more of this...

by Seeger, Alan
...e shadowy walls were hung with cloths of gold,
And tinted twilight streamed through storied panes above.
In lamplit alcoves deep as flowers when they unfold
Soft cushions called to rest and fragrant fumes to love.

I hungered; at my hand delicious dainties teemed---
Fair pyramids of fruit; pastry in sugared piles.
I thirsted; in cool cups inviting vintage beamed---
Sweet syrups from the South; brown muscat from the isles.

I yearned for passionate Love; faint ...Read more of this...

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