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Famous Backword Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whittier, John Greenleaf
...in the genial glow; 
Wide swung again our ice-locked door, 
And all the world was ours once more! 

Clasp, Angel of the backword look 
And folded wings of ashen gray 
And voice of echoes far away, 
The brazen covers of thy book; 
The weird palimpsest old and vast, 
Wherein thou hid'st the spectral past; 
Where, closely mingling, pale and glow 
The characters of joy and woe; 
The monographs of outlived years, 
Or smile-illumed or dim with tears, 
Green hills of life that slope...Read More



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