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Famous Ballerina Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Schwartz, Delmore
 that a bulb might take root
 and the two lips, softly curved, come up 
 possessed by the skilled love and will of a ballerina.)

The citizens will dance in folk dances.
 They will thump, they will pump, 
 thudding and shoving 
 elbow and thigh, 
 bumping and laughing, like barrels and bells.

Vast fields of tulips in full bloom,
 the reproduction of a miniature Dutch village, 
 part of a gigantic flower show....Read More

by Schwartz, Delmore
...hanging with infinite delicacy
-- Clinging like tendril, flake and thread, as self-tormented
And self-delighted as any ballerina,
 just as in the orchard,
Near the apple trees, in the over-grown grasses
Drunken wasps clung to over-ripe pears
Which had fallen: swollen and disfigured.
For now it is wholly autumn: in the late
Afternoon as I walked toward the ridge where the hills
There is a whir, a thrashing in the bush, and a startled
 pheasant, flying out and up,
...Read More

by Hall, Donald
...d her head!"

When Katie came she never stopped. Instead,
She came, cried "God!," and came, this dancer who
Brought ballerina suppleness to bed.

She curled her legs around my neck, which led
To depths unplumbed by lovers hitherto.
Katie could tuck her feet behind her head
And by her suppleness unmake the bed....Read More

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