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Famous Aztec Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Sandburg, Carl
...You came from the Aztecs
With a copper on your fore-arms
Tawnier than a sunset
Saying good-by to an even river.

And I said, you remember,
Those fore-arms of yours
Were finer than bronzes
And you were glad.

 It was tears
And a path west
 and a home-going
 when I asked
Why there were scars of worn gold
Where a man's ring was fixed once
On your third finger.
 And I...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...g, sleeping years of silence.
Ready for the dust and fire and wind.
I wanted this face and I saw it today in an Aztec mask.
A cry out of storm and dark, a red yell and a purple prayer,
A beaten shape of ashes
waiting the sunrise or night,
something or nothing,
proud-eyed gambler....Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...CHILD of the Aztec gods,
how long must we listen here,
how long before we go?

The dust is deep on the lintels.
The dust is dark on the doors.
If the dreams shake our bones,
 what can we say or do?

Since early morning we waited.
Since early, early morning, child.
There must be dreams on the way now.
There must be a song for our bones.

The dust g...Read More

by Gregory, Rg
...ll of which rings a human bell or two
such an ineffable fool - but look at its skills
able to hover and fly backwards - aztec
and mayan gods associated with the bird
judged to have such harmony and beauty 
(a vibration of pure joy) mortals gobsmacked

age stores its humming birds inside
exotic memories hovering in the mind
homages to a sun impossible to reach
sleeplessly-stirred bright feathers parade
their love charms - their essence of a self
not truly sung yet tinged with ...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...he Tartar gong. 

I hear the Florentine who from his palace 
Wheels out his battle-bell with dreadful din  
And Aztec priests upon their teocallis 
Beat the wild war-drums made of serpent's skin; 20 

The tumult of each sacked and burning village; 
The shouts that every prayer for mercy drowns; 
The soldiers' revels in the midst of pillage; 
The wail of famine in beleaguered towns; 

The bursting shell the gateway wrenched asunder 25 
The rattling musketry th...Read More

by Stevens, Wallace tuck, while the flamingos flapped his bays. 
337 Sepulchral se?ors, bibbing pale mescal, 
338 Oblivious to the Aztec almanacs, 
339 Should make the intricate Sierra scan. 
340 And dark Brazilians in their caf¨¦s, 
341 Musing immaculate, pampean dits, 
342 Should scrawl a vigilant anthology, 
343 To be their latest, lucent paramour. 
344 These are the broadest instances. Crispin, 
345 Progenitor of such extensive scope, 
346 Was not indifferent to ...Read More

by Walcott, Derek
...the wind of revolution, La Madre Dolorosa, 
a black rose of sorrow, a black mine of silence, 
raped wife, empty mother, Aztec virgin 
transfixed by arrows from a thousand guitars, 
a stone full of silence, which, if it gave tongue 
to the tortures done in the name of the Father, 
would curdle the blood of the marauding wolf, 
the fountain of generals, poets, and cripples 
who danced without moving over their graves 
with each revolution; her Caesarean was stitched 
by the tee...Read More

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