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Famous Arm's Length Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
...e sate in.
There, with some strange spasm
Of pain and passion, she wrung loose my hands
Imperiously, and held me at arm's length,
And with two grey-steel naked-bladed eyes
Searched through my face, -- ay, stabbed it through and through,
Through brows and cheeks and chin, as if to find
A wicked murderer in my innocent face,
If not here, there perhaps. Then, drawing breath,
She struggled for her ordinary calm
And missed it rather, -- told me not to shrink,
As if she had...Read More

by Frost, Robert
...esh painted by the shower a velvet black. 
We paused, the minister and I, to look. 
He made as if to hold it at arm's length 
Or put the leaves aside that framed it in. 
"Pretty," he said. "Come in. No one will care." 
The path was a vague parting in the grass 
That led us to a weathered window-sill. 
We pressed our faces to the pane. "You see," he said, 
"Everything's as she left it when she died. 
Her sons won't sell the house or the thin...Read More

by Lanier, Sidney
...Chapter I.

Once on a time, a Dawn, all red and bright
Leapt on the conquered ramparts of the Night,
And flamed, one brilliant instant, on the world,
Then back into the historic moat was hurled
And Night was King again, for many years.
-- Once on a time the Rose of Spring blushed out
But Winter angrily withdrew it back
Into his rough new-bursten hu...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...Away by the lands of the Japanee
 Where the paper lanterns glow
 And the crews of all the shipping drink
 In the house of Blood Street Joe,
 At twilight, when the landward breeze
 Brings up the harbour noise,
 And ebb of Yokohama Bay
 Swigs chattering through the buoys,
 In Cisco's Dewdrop Dining-Rooms
 They tell the tale anew
 Of a hidden sea and a hidden...Read More

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