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Famous Back Off Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Brautigan, Richard
..., years

in advance.

 "It would still be dark outside and the yellow wallpaper in

the hotel room would be running back off the light bulb. I'd

put my clothes on and go down to the restaurant where my

stepfather cooked all night.

 "I'd have breakfast, hot cakes, eggs and whatnot. Then

he'd make my lunch for me and it would always be the same

thing: a piece of pie and a stone-cold pork sandwich. After-

wards I'd walk to school. I mean the three o...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...rise to breathe—We row close again, 
I see a lance driven through his side, press’d deep, turn’d in the wound,
Again we back off—I see him settle again—the life is leaving him fast, 
As he rises, he spouts blood—I see him swim in circles narrower and narrower, swiftly
 cutting the water—I see him die; 
He gives one convulsive leap in the centre of the circle, and then falls flat and still in
 bloody foam. 

O the old manhood of me, my joy! 
My children and grand-c...Read More

by Fu, Du
...till fields in the west. When we went away, the elders bound our heads, Returning with heads white, we're sent back off to the frontier. At the border posts, shed blood becomes a sea, The martial emperor's dream of expansion has no end. Have you not seen the two hundred districts east of the mountains, Where thorns and brambles grow in countless villages and hamlets? Although there are strong women to grasp the hoe and the plough, They grow so...Read More

by Hannah, Sophie
We’re both adults. Does it matter, with adults, who makes the
First move?

But there’s always the chance he’ll back off if I come on too strong.
The less keen I appear, the more keen he’s likely to be,

And I phoned him twice on Thursday and once on Friday.
He must therefore be fully aware that it’s his turn, not mine.

If I make it too easy for him, he’ll assume I’m too easy,
While if I make no effort, that leaves him with more of a challenge.

I sho...Read More

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