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Famous Archive Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Robinson, Edwin Arlington are vanished, flags that are soiled and furled, 
Say what will be the word when I am gone:
What learned little acrid archive men 
Will burrow to find me out and burrow again,— 
But all for naught, unless 
To find there was another Island.… Yes, 
There are too many islands in this world,
There are too many rats, and there is too much rain. 
So three things are made plain 
Between the sea and sky: 
Three separate parts of one thing, which is Pain … 
Bah, what a way t...Read More

by Hughes, Ted
...d his blood 
Till he is visibly black? 

How can he fly from his feathers? 
And why have they homed on him? 

Is he the archive of their accusations? 
Or their ghostly purpose, their pining vengeance? 
Or their unforgiven prisoner? 

He cannot be forgiven. 

His prison is the earth. Clothed in his conviction, 
Trying to remember his crimes 

Heavily he flies....Read More

by Snyder, Gary

All those years and their moments—
Crackling bacon, slamming car doors,
Poems tried out on friends,
Will be one more archive,
One more shaky text.

But life continues in the kitchen
Where we still laugh and cook,
Watching snow....Read More

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