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Famous Artifact Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Cohen, Leonard
 (co-written by Sharon Robinson)
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded 
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed 
Everybody knows that the war is over 
Everybody knows the good guys lost...Read More

by Bishop, Elizabeth
 Now can you see the monument? It is of wood
built somewhat like a box. No. Built
like several boxes in descending sizes
one above the other.
Each is turned half-way round so...Read More

by Shapiro, Karl
 The beauty of manhole covers--what of that?
Like medals struck by a great savage khan,
Like Mayan calendar stones, unliftable, indecipherable,
Not like the old electrum, chased and scored,
Mottoed and sculptured to...Read More

by Geyer, Bernadette
 And so I look back
still thinking of her
with painful heart,
this clench of inner flesh.

 —Kakinomoto Hitomaro
 from Manyoshu


Praise the irritant, that genesis,
implanted within the soft
and malleable animal that bore...Read More

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