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Famous Apparently Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Mayakovsky, Vladimir
...the mouth 
corpselets of dead words putrefy; 
and only two thrive and grow fat: 
and another besides, 
apparently ¨C ¡°borsch.¡± 

soaked in plaints and sobs, 
break from the street, rumpling their matted hair 
over: ¡°How with two such words celebrate 
a young lady 
and love 
and a floweret under the dew?¡± 

In the poets¡¯ wake 
thousands of street folk: 


thousands o...Read More

by Justice, Donald
...Only stands smiling, passive and ornamental, in a fantastic livery
Of ruffles and puffed breeches,
Watching the artist, apparently, as he sketches.
Meanwhile the petty lord who must have paid
For the artist's trip up from Perugia, for the horse, for the boy, for
everything here, in fact, has been delayed,
Kept too long by his steward, perhaps, discussing
Some business concerning the estate, or fussing
Over the details of his impeccable toilet
With a manservant whose opini...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...Apparently with no surprise
To any happy Flower
The Frost beheads it at its play --
In accidental power --
The blonde Assassin passes on --
The Sun proceeds unmoved
To measure off another Day
For an Approving God....Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...wandering hour to live, 
He felt the other woman in the fur 
That now the wife had on. Could she forgive 
All that? Apparently. Her rings were gone, 
Of course; and when he found that she had none, 
He smiled—as he had never smiled at her.”...Read More

by Dunn, Stephen
I am somewhat older than you can tell.
The early deaths have decomposed
behind my eyes, leaving lines apparently caused
by smiling. My voice still reflects the time
I believed in prayer as a way of getting 
what I wanted. I am none of my clothes.
My poems are approximately true.
The games I play and how I play them
are the arrows you should follow: they'll take you
to the enormous body of a child. It is not
that simple. At parties I h...Read More

by Douglas, Keith
...t myself a piece of cake,
a pasty Syrian with a few words of English
or the Turk who says she is a princess--she dances
apparently by levitation? Or Marcelle, Parisienne
always preoccupied with her dull dead lover:
she has all the photographs and his letters
tied in a bundle and stamped Decede in mauve ink.
All this takes place in a stink of jasmin.

But there are the streets dedicated to sleep
stenches and the sour smells, the sour cries
do not disturb their applicat...Read More

by Khayyam, Omar
...I understand all that annihilation and being apparently
mean; I know the foundation of lofty thought. Ah, well!
may all this knowledge be annihilated in me if I recognize
in man a higher state than that of drunkenness!
354...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...I guess,”
Said Archibald; and Isaac humored him 
With one of those infrequent smiles of his 
Which he kept in reserve, apparently, 
For Archibald alone. “But why,” said he, 
“Should Providence have cider in the world
If not for such an afternoon as this?” 
And Archibald, with a soft light in his eyes, 
Replied that if he chose to go down cellar, 
There he would find eight barrels—one of which 
Was newly tapped, he said, and to his taste
An honor to the fruit. Isaac a...Read More

by Bishop, Elizabeth
...and round and round at the same height
in perpetual sunset, comprehensive, consoling,

while the ships consider it.
Apparently they have reached their destination.
It would be hard to say what brought them there,
commerce or contemplation....Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington

"Only a very little, Mr. Flood --
For auld lang syne. No more, sir; that will do."
So, for the time, apparently it did,
And Eben evidently thought so too;
For soon amid the silver loneliness
Of night he lifted up his voice and sang,
Secure, with only two moons listening,
Until the whole harmonious landscape rang --

"For auld lang syne." The weary throat gave out,
The last word wavered; and the song being done,
He raised again the jug regretfully
And sh...Read More

by Bishop, Elizabeth

Weak flashes of inquiry
direct as is the puppy's bark.
But to their little, soluble,
unwarrantable ark,
apparently the rain's reply
consists of echolalia,
and Mother's voice, ugly as sin,
keeps calling to them to come in. 

Children, the threshold of the storm
has slid beneath your muddy shoes;
wet and beguiled, you stand among
the mansions you may choose
out of a bigger house than yours,
whose lawfulness endures.
It's soggy documents retain
your right...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...mpin' in a stable, but he swore that he was right, 
`Only for the blanky horses walkin' over him all night.' 

He'd apparently been fighting, for his face was black-and-blue, 
And he looked as though the horses had been treading on him, too; 
But an honest, genial twinkle in the eye that wasn't hurt 
Seemed to hint of something better, spite of drink and rags and dirt. 

It appeared that he mistook me for a long-lost mate of his -- 
One of whom I was the image, both i...Read More

by Kinnell, Galway
...gbirds love, perhaps
"honeysuckle" or "hollyhock"
or "phlox" -- just then shocked me
with its suddenness, and this time
apparently did burst the insulation,
letting the word sound in the open
where all could hear, for these tiny, irascible,
nectar-addicted puritans jumped back
all at once, as if the air gasped....Read More

by Frost, Robert
...n disgusted from behind 
There was no one that dared to stir him up, 
Or let him know that he was being looked at. 
Apparently I hadn't buried him 
(I may have knocked him down); but my just trying 
To bury him had hurt his dignity. 
He had gone to the house so's not to meet me. 
He kept away from us all afternoon. 
We tended to his hay. We saw him out 
After a while picking peas in his garden: 
He couldn't keep away from doing something." 
"Weren't yo...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
of His countenance upon it.

58. Mail: packet, baggage; French, "malle," a trunk.

59. The Bell: apparently another Southwark tavern; Stowe
mentions a "Bull" as being near the Tabard.

60. Cheap: Cheapside, then inhabited by the richest and most
prosperous citizens of London.

61. Herberow: Lodging, inn; French, "Herberge."

62. The watering of Saint Thomas: At the second milestone on
the old Canterbury road.      <...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...fires of time on equal terms and passed 
Indifferently down, until at last 
His only kind of grandeur would have been,
Apparently, in being seen. 
He may have had for evil or for good 
No argument; he may have had no care 
For what without himself went anywhere 
To failure or to glory, and least of all
For such a stale, flamboyant miracle; 
He may have been the prophet of an art 
Immovable to old idolatries; 
He may have been a player without a part, 
Annoyed that even t...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
..."Young girls in old Arabia were often buried alive next
to their fathers, apparently as sacrifice to the goddesses
of the tribes..."

--Harold Feldman, "Children of the Desert" Psychoanalysis
and Psychoanalytic Review, Fall 1958

It was only important
to smile and hold still,
to lie down beside him
and to rest awhile,
to be folded up together
as if we were silk,
to sink from the eyes of mother
and not to talk.
The ...Read More

by Frost, Robert
"Now the place where the accident occurred----" 
The Broken One was twisted in his bed. 
"This is between you two apparently. 
Where I come in is what I want to know. 
You stand up to it like a pair of cocks. 
Go outdoors if you want to fight. Spare me. 
When you come back, I'll have the papers signed. 
Will pencil do? Then, please, your fountain pen. 
One of you hold my head up from the pillow." 
Willis flung off the bed. "I wash my ...Read More

by Simic, Charles
...d legs 

The boot may be hesitating, 
Demurring, having misgivings, 
Gathering cobwebs, 
Yes, and apparently no....Read More

by Lawrence, D. H.
...On he goes, the little one,
Bud of the universe,
Pediment of life.
Setting off somewhere, apparently.
Whither away, brisk egg?

His mother deposited him on the soil as if he were no more than droppings,
And now he scuffles tinily past her as if she were an old rusty tin.

A mere obstacle,
He veers round the slow great mound of her --
Tortoises always foresee obstacles.

It is no use my saying to him in an emotional voice:
"This is you...Read More

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