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Famous Black And Blue Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Walcott, Derek
...r, jew,
besides, this wasn't Central Park.
I'm coming on too strong? You figure
right! They beat this yellow ******
black and blue.

Yeah. During all this, scared
on case one used a knife,
I hung my olive-green, just-bought
sports coat on a fire plug.
I did nothing. They fought
each other, really. Life
gives them a few kcks,
that's all. The spades, the spicks.

My face smashed in, my bloddy mug
pouring, my olive-branch jacket saved
from cuts an...Read more of this...



by Sexton, Anne
...ke roosters 
on the ceiling. 
Cradle, you are a grave place. 

Interrogator: 
What color is the devil? 

Anne: 
Black and blue. 

Interrogator: 
What goes up the chimney? 

Anne: 
Fat Lazarus in his red suit. 

Forgive us, Father, for we know not. 

Ms. Dog prefers to sunbathe nude. 
Let the indifferent sky look on. 
So what! 
Let Mrs. Sewal pull the curtain back, 
from her second story. 
So what! 
Let United Parcel Service see my parce...Read more of this...

by Smart, Christopher
...s a precious stone remarkably hard. God be gracious to Bennet. 

Let Mowbray, house of Mowbray rejoice with The Black and Blue Creeper a beautiful small bird of Brazil. 

Let Aldrich, house of Aldrich rejoice with the Trincalo or Tricolor, a leaf without a flower or the flower of a leaf. 

Let Culmer, house of Culmer rejoice with Phloginos a gem of a fire-colour. 

Let Catesby, house of Catesby rejoice with Cerites a precious stone like wax. 

Let Atte...Read more of this...

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...have killed you then, Eileen. 

“I think he liked as much of you 
As had a reason to be seen,— 
As much as God made black and blue.
He liked your hair and eyes, Eileen.”...Read more of this...

by Horace,
...eads he yellow Tiber, as 'twould sully that fair frame?
         Like poison loathes the oil,
     His arms no longer black and blue with honourable toil,
         He who erewhile was known
     For quoit or javelin oft and oft beyond the limit thrown?
         Why skulks he, as they say
     Did Thetis' son before the dawn of Ilion's fatal day,
         For fear the manly dress
     Should fling him into danger's arms, amid the Lycian press?...Read more of this...



by Lowell, Robert
...his diet.
Hairy, muscular, suburban,
wearing chocolate double-breasted suits,
they blew their tops and beat him black and blue.

I was so out of things, I'd never heard
of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
"Are you a C.O.?" I asked a fellow jailbird.
"No," he answered, "I'm a J.W."
He taught me the "hospital tuck,"
and pointed out the T-shirted back
of Murder Incorporated's Czar Lepke,
there piling towels on a rack,
or dawdling off to his ...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...er's tales, and a drover's thirst 
To swiggle the hail nicht through; 
Or he's maybe a life assurance carle 
To talk ye black and blue," 

"Guidwife, he's never a drover chap, 
For their swags are neat and thin; 
And he's never a life assurance carle, 
Wi' the brick-dust burnt in his skin. 

"Guidwife, guidwife, be nae sae dour, 
For the wheat stands ripe and tall, 
And we shore a seven-pound fleece this year, 
Ewes and weaners and all. 

"There is grass tae spare, an...Read more of this...

by Lawson, Henry
...It was somewhere in September, and the sun was going down, 
When I came, in search of `copy', to a Darling-River town; 
`Come-and-have-a-drink' we'll call it -- 'tis a fitting name, I think -- 
And 'twas raining, for a wonder, up at Come-and-have-a-drink. 

'Neath the public-house verandah I was resting on a bunk 
When a stranger rose before me, and he...Read more of this...

by Field, Eugene
...;
And if they are not walking now,
Why, then, they're running still.

The cow-boys rose up from the dust
With faces black and blue;
"Remember, beauteous maid," said they,
"We've bled and died for you!"

"And though we suffer grievously,
We gladly hail the lot
That brings us toils and pains and wounds
For charming Sissy Knott!"

But Sissy Knott still wailed and wept,
And still her fate reviled;
For who could patch her dolly up -
Who, who could mend her child?

Then out her...Read more of this...

by Masefield, John
...hit the sprain. 
And hit it hard with all your power 
On something hard for half-an-hour, 
While someone thumps you black and blue, 
And then you'll know what Billy knew. 
Bill took that pain without a sound 
Till halfway through the eighteenth round, 
And then I sent him down and out, 
And Silas said, "Kane wins the bout." 

When Bill came to, you understand, 
I ripped the mitten from my hand 
And across to ask Bill shake, 
My limbs were all one pain and ache, 
I...Read more of this...

by Lowell, Amy
...riven to the head;
They have decked her over,
And again, and again.
The shoring-up beams shudder at the strain.
Black and blue breeches,
Pigtails bound and shining:
Like ants crawling about,
The hull swarms with carpenters, running in and out.
Joiners, calkers,
And they are all terrible talkers.
Jem Wilson has been to sea and he tells some wonderful tales
Of whales, and spice islands,
And pirates off the Barbary coast.
He boasts magnificently, with his mou...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
....
Oh, thank you, sir; but take the pencil too;
I'm not a beggar, I'm a business man.
Pencils I deal in, red and black and blue;
It's hard, but still I do the best I can.
Most days I make enough to pay for bread,
A cup o' coffee, stretching room at night.
One needs so little -- to be warm and fed,
A hole to kennel in -- oh, one's all right . . .

Excuse me, you're a painter, are you not?
I saw you looking at that dealer's show,
The croûtes he has fo...Read more of this...

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