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Famous Besmear Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Hugo, Victor, 
 Where coquettish girls come to linger in long delight, 
 For it banishes afar from the face all the clouds that besmear 
 The soul truly bright; 
 But tempts you to ruffle its surface; drawing your foot 
 To subtilest sinking! and farther and farther the brink 
 That vainly you snatch—for repentance, 'tis weed without root,— 
 And struggling, you sink! 


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