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Famous Atomic Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Bradley, George
...people are very small and shrink,
dwarves on the way to netsuke hell
bound for a flea circus in full
retreat toward sub-atomic particles--
 difficult to keep in focus, the figures
at that end are nearly indistinguishable,
generals at the heads of minute armies
differing little from fishwives,
emperors the same as eskimos
huddled under improvisations of snow--
 eskimos, though, now have the advantage,
for it seems to be freezing there, a climate
which might explain the populat...Read More

by Wignesan, T
And the whirl begins in a silent rage
And the human heart beats harder
While in and around, this London
This atomic mammoth roams
In the wastes of wars and tumbling empires.
...Read More

by Padel, Ruth of getting burnt. And the lightning might ask, touching wood,

"What do you want of me, now we're in the same 

Atomic chain?" What can the tree say?

"Being the centre of all that you are to yourself -

That'd be OK. Being my own body's fine

But it needs yours to stay that way."

No one could live for ever in 


A suspended gleam-on-the-edge,

As if sky might tear any minute. Or not for ever for long. Those icicles

Won't be surprise any more. ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...nlike it, man may gain
Letting his own life go. The Gods, the Godsl
If all be atoms, how then should the Gods
Being atomic not be dissoluble,
Not follow the great law? My master held
That Gods there are, for all men so believe.
I prest my footsteps into his, and meant
Surely to lead my Memmius in a train
Of fiowery clauses onward to the proof
That Gods there are, and deathless. Meant? I meant?
I have forgotten what I meant, my mind
Stumbles, and all my faculties a...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard a welcome

mat on the front porch of hell or to conduct an orchestra

of mortuaries with ice-cold woodwinds or be an atomic

mailman in the pines, in the pines where the sun never shines.

 "Nature has endowed the Cobra Lily with the means of

catching its own food. The forked tongue is covered with

honey glands which attract the insects upon which it feeds.

Once inside the hood, downward pointing hairs prevent the

insect from crawling out. The digestive...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...there might be no mistake 
Somewhere in our indomitable will?
Are we no greater than the noise we make 
Along one blind atomic pilgrimage 
Whereon by crass chance billeted we go 
Because our brains and bones and cartilage 
Will have it so?
If this we say, then let us all be still 
About our share in it, and live and die 
More quietly thereby. 

Where was he going, this man against the sky? 
You know not, nor do I.
But this we know, if we know anything: 
That we may la...Read More

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