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Famous Antechamber Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Lowell, Amy
else will be coming
to Malmaison to-night.

White under her veil, drained and shaking, the woman crosses the 
Empress! Empress! Foolish splendour, perished 
to dust. Ashes of roses,
ashes of youth. Empress forsooth!
Over the glass domes of the hot-houses drenches 
the rain. Behind her
a clock ticks -- ticks again. The sound knocks upon her 
with the echoing shudder of hollow vases. She places 
her hands on her ears,
but t...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...sunshine. Quiet, cool,
In blossomed boughs they sat. Beyond, the beds
Of tulips blazed, a proper vestibule
And antechamber to the rainbow. Dyes
Of prismed richness: Carmine. Madder. Blues
Tinging dark browns to purple. Silvers flushed
To amethyst and tinct with gold. Round eyes
Of scarlet, spotting tender saffron hues.
Violets sunk to blacks, and reds in orange crushed.

Of every pattern and in every shade.
Nacreous, iridescent, mot...Read More

by Olds, Sharon
...etlight in summer,
The children we could have,
The glimmer of them.

Sometimes I feel them waiting, dozing 
In some antechamber - servants, half-
Listening for the bell. 

Sometimes I see them lying like love letters
In the Dead Letter Office

And sometimes, like tonight, by some black
Second sight I can feel just one of them
Standing on the edge of a cliff by the sea 
In the dark, stretching its arms out 
Desperately to me....Read More

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