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Famous Alternatives Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Levine, Philip
 The doctor fingers my bruise. 
"Magnificent," he says, "black 
at the edges and purple 
cored." Seated, he spies for clues, 
gingerly probing the slack 
flesh, while I, standing, fazed,...Read More

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
 Between the green bud and the red
Youth sat and sang by Time, and shed
From eyes and tresses flowers and tears,
From heart and spirit hopes and fears,
Upon the hollow stream...Read More

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