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Famous Blankness Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whittier, John Greenleaf
...I write my name as one, 
On sands by waves o'errun 
Or winter's frosted pane, 
Traces a record vain. 

Oblivion's blankness claims 
Wiser and better names, 
And well my own may pass 
As from the strand or glass. 

Wash on, O waves of time! 
Melt, noons, the frosty rime! 
Welcome the shadow vast, 
The silence that shall last! 

When I and all who know 
And love me vanish so, 
What harm to them or me 
Will the lost memory be? 

If any words of mine, 
Through right of ...Read More

by Service, Robert William

Her eyes were amorously lit;
 I knew she wouldn't mind at all.
Yet what I did was sit and sit
 Seeing that blankness on the wall . . .
Horatio had a gentle face,--
 How would my mug look in his place?

That oblong of wall-paper wan!
 And while she prattled prettily
I sensed the red light going on,
 So I refused a cup of tea,
And took my gold-topped cane and hat--
 My going seemed to leave her flat.

Horatio was a decent guy,
 And when she ravished...Read More

by Hardy, Thomas
...r way you chose to wend
Yonder, to your tragic end.

Never another pet for me!
Let your place all vacant be;
Better blankness day by day
Than companion torn away.
Better bid his memory fade,
Better blot each mark he made,
Selfishly escape distress
By contrived forgetfulness,
Than preserve his prints to make
Every morn and eve an ache.

From the chair whereon he sat
Sweep his fur, nor wince thereat;
Rake his little pathways out
Mid the bushes roundabout;
Smooth awa...Read More

by Collins, Billy
...revolution of snow,
its white flag waving over everything,
the landscape vanished,
not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness,
and beyond these windows

the government buildings smothered,
schools and libraries buried, the post office lost
under the noiseless drift,
the paths of trains softly blocked,
the world fallen under this falling.

In a while I will put on some boots
and step out like someone walking in water,
and the dog will porpoise through the drifts,
and I...Read More

by Levy, Amy
..., sweeter far than strain and stress
Is the slow, creeping weariness.
And better far than thought I find
The drowsy blankness of the mind.
More than all joys of soul or sense
Is this divine indifference;
Where grief a shadow grows to be,
And peace a possibility....Read More

by Hardy, Thomas
...the end of the alley of bending boughs
Where so often at dusk you used to be;
 Till in darkening dankness
 The yawning blankness
Of the perspective sickens me!

 You were she who abode
 By those red-veined rocks far West,
You were the swan-necked one who rode
Along the beetling Beeny Crest,
 And, reining nigh me,
 Would muse and eye me,
While Life unrolled us its very best.

Why, then, latterly did we not speak,
Did we not think of those days long dead,
And ere your vani...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
 Sad and commingled, groups that blindly fled 
 Were swallowed smoothly by the desert dread. 
 'Neath folds of blankness, monuments were raised 
 O'er regiments. And History, amazed, 
 Could not record the ruin of this retreat, 
 Unlike a downfall known before or the defeat 
 Of Hannibal—reversed and wrapped in gloom! 
 Of Attila, when nations met their doom! 
 Perished an army—fled French glory then, 
 Though there the Emperor! he stood and gazed 
 At the wi...Read More

by Auden, Wystan Hugh (W H)
...n,No blade of grass, no sign of neighborhood,Nothing to eat and nowhere to sit down,Yet, congregated on its blankness, stoodAn unintelligible multitude,A million eyes, a million boots in line,Without expression, waiting for a sign. Out of the air a voice without a faceProved by statistics that some cause was justIn tones as dry and level as the place:No one was cheered and nothing was discussed;Column by column in a cloud of dustRead More

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