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Famous Axed Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Plath, Sylvia
...for a sort of hinge

Of skin,
A flap like a hat,
Dead white.
Then that red plush.

Little pilgrim,
The Indian's axed your scalp.
Your turkey wattle
Carpet rolls

Straight from the heart.
I step on it,
Clutching my bottle
Of pink fizz. A celebration, this is.
Out of a gap
A million soldiers run,
Redcoats, every one.

Whose side are they one?
O my
Homunculus, I am ill.
I have taken a pill to kill

The thin
Papery feeling.
Saboteur,
Kamikaze m...Read More



by Ondaatje, Michael
...a snail
leaving his quick urgent love in my palm.
And I kept his love in my palm till it blistered.

When they axed his shoulders and neck
the blood moved like a branch into the crowd.
And he staggered with his hanging shoulder
cursing their thrilled cry, wheeling,
waltzing in the French style to his knees
holding his head with the ground,
blood settling on his clothes like a blush;
this way
when they aimed the thud into his back.

And I find cool entertainme...Read More

by Lanier, Sidney
...e couldn't git sum 
Employment, and he was a lookin' as hum- 
Ble as ef he had never owned any land. 

But Brown he axed him in, and he sot 
Him down to his vittles smokin' hot, 
And when he had filled hisself and the floor 
Brown looked at him sharp and riz and swore 
That, "whether men's land was rich or poor 
Thar was more in the MAN than thar was in the LAND."...Read More

by Lanier, Sidney
...f he couldn't git sum
Employment, and he was a lookin' as hum-
Ble as ef he had never owned any land.

But Brown he axed him in, and he sot
Him down to his vittles smokin' hot,
And when he had filled hisself and the floor
Brown looked at him sharp and riz and swore
That, "whether men's land was rich or poor
Thar was more in the MAN than thar was in the LAND."...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...prisoners and al this nede
Hem lyketh wel, and forth in they procede.

This Troilus was present in the place,
Whan axed was for Antenor Criseyde,
For which ful sone chaungen gan his face, 
As he that with tho wordes wel neigh deyde.
But nathelees, he no word to it seyde,
Lest men sholde his affeccioun espye;
With mannes herte he gan his sorwes drye.

And ful of anguissh and of grisly drede 
Abood what lordes wolde un-to it seye;
And if they wolde graunte, as god ...Read More



by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...ther-to pale and wan,
And feble, that he walketh by potente;
And with his ire he thus himselven shente.
But who-so axed him wher-of him smerte,
He seyde, his harm was al aboute his herte. 

Pryam ful ofte, and eek his moder dere,
His bretheren and his sustren gonne him freyne
Why he so sorwful was in al his chere,
And what thing was the cause of al his peyne?
But al for nought; he nolde his cause pleyne, 
But seyde, he felte a grevous maladye
A-boute his herte, and f...Read More

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