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Famous Blacking Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Plath, Sylvia
...asts, eyelids and lips

Storming the hilltop.
Then, from the barred yard, the children

Smell the melt of shoe-blacking,
Their faces turning, wordless and slow,

Their eyes opening
On a wonderful thing----

Six round black hats in the grass and a lozenge of wood,
And a naked mouth, red and awkward.

For a minute the sky pours into the hole like plasma.
There is no hope, it is given up....Read more of this...



by Kipling, Rudyard
...'ve had my fun o' the Corp'ral's Guard: I've made the cinders fly,
And I'm here in the Clink for a thundering drink and blacking the Corporal's eye.
 With a second-hand overcoat under my head,
 And a beautiful view of the yard,
 O it's pack-drill for me and a fortnight's C.B.
 For "drunk and resisting the Guard!"
 Mad drunk and resisting the Guard --
 'Strewth, but I socked it them hard!
 So it's pack-drill for me and a fortnight's C.B.
 For "drunk and res...Read more of this...

by Rich, Adrienne
...o tell me when the ocean
will begin.

First the air is blue and then
it is bluer and then green and then
black I am blacking out and yet
my mask is powerful
it pumps my blood with power
the sea is another story
the sea is not a question of power
I have to learn alone
to turn my body without force
in the deep element.

And now: it is easy to forget
what I came for
among so many who have always
lived here
swaying their crenellated fans
between the reefs
and besides
you ...Read more of this...

by Carroll, Lewis
...usually undertaken by the Boots, who found in it 
a refuge from the Baker's constant complaints about the insufficient 
blacking of his three pairs of boots. 

As this poem is to some extent connected with the lay of the 
Jabberwock, let me take this opportunity of answering a question that 
has often been asked me, how to pronounce ``slithy toves''. The 
``i'' in ``slithy'' is long, as in ``writhe''; and ``toves'' is 
pronounced so as to rhyme with ``groves''. Ag...Read more of this...

by Bierce, Ambrose
...Words shouting, singing, smiling, frowning--
Sense lacking.
Ah, nothing, more obscure than Browning,
Save blacking....Read more of this...



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