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Famous Blasting Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...his the ancient Caledonian form,
Firm as the rock, resistless as the storm?
Show me that eye which shot immortal hate,
 Blasting the despot’s proudest bearing;
Show me that arm which, nerv’d with thundering fate,
 Crush’d Usurpation’s boldest daring!—
Dark-quench’d as yonder sinking star,
No more that glance lightens afar;
That palsied arm no more whirls on the waste of war....Read More

by Shakespeare, William assuage,
'Tis promised in the charity of age.

'Father,' she says, 'though in me you behold
The injury of many a blasting hour,
Let it not tell your judgment I am old;
Not age, but sorrow, over me hath power:
I might as yet have been a spreading flower,
Fresh to myself, If I had self-applied
Love to myself and to no love beside.

'But, woe is me! too early I attended
A youthful suit--it was to gain my grace--
Of one by nature's outwards so commended,
That maidens' ...Read More

by Herrick, Robert
...hus, like a Roman Tribune, thou thy gate
Early sets ope to feast, and late;
Keeping no currish waiter to affright,
With blasting eye, the appetite,
Which fain would waste upon thy cates, but that
The trencher creature marketh what
Best and more suppling piece he cuts, and by
Some private pinch tells dangers nigh,
A hand too desp'rate, or a knife that bites
Skin-deep into the pork, or lights
Upon some part of kid, as if mistook,
When checked by the butler's look.
No, no, t...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...- ten thousand eager lives
In that toil-worn upcasting,
Their homes, their babies and their wives
Destroyed in one fell blasting!
Imagine that swift-scalding hell! . . .
And though, mayhap, it seems a
Fantastic, far-fetched parallel -
Remember . . . Hiroshima....Read More

by Milton, John
With Ringlets quaint, and wanton windings wove.
And all my Plants I save from nightly ill,
Of noisom winds, and blasting vapours chill.
And from the Boughs brush off the evil dew, 
And heal the harms of thwarting thunder blew,
Or what the cross dire-looking Planet smites,
Or hurtfull Worm with canker'd venom bites.
When Eev'ning gray doth rise, I fetch my round
Over the mount, and all this hallow'd ground,
And early ere the odorous breath of morn
Awakes the sl...Read More

by Po, Li
Clouds on clouds gathered above, threatening rain;
The waters gushed below, breaking into mist.

A peal of blasting thunder!
The mountains crumbled.
The stone gate of the hollow heaven
Opened wide, revealing
A vasty realm of azure without bottom,
Sun and moon shining together on gold and silver palaces.

Clad in rainbow and riding on the wind,
The ladies of the air descended like flower, flakes;
The faery lords trooping in, they were thick as hemp-stalks ...Read More

by Dobyns, Stephen
...> She is four
and likes the music decorous, pitched below
her own voice-that tenuous projection of self.
With music blasting, she feels she disappears,
is lost within the blare, which in fact I like.
But at four what she wants is self-location
and uses her voice as a porpoise uses 
its sonar: to find herself in all this space.
If she had a sort of box with a peephole
and looked inside, what she'd like to see would be
herself standing there in her red pants, jacket...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
..., harpies miring every dish,
The phantom husks of something foully done,
And fleeting thro' the boundless universe,
And blasting the long quiet of my breast
With animal heat and dire insanity?

"How should the mind, except it loved them, clasp
These idols to herself? or do they fly
Now thinner, and now thicker, like the flakes
In a fall of snow, and so press in, perforce
Of multitude, as crowds that in an hour
Of civic tumult jam the doors, and bear
The keepers down, and thro...Read More

by Whittier, John Greenleaf
...iek beneath the lash, and manhood's wild despair;
Cling closer to the 'cleaving curse' that writes upon your plains
The blasting of Almighty wrath against a land of chains.

Still shame your gallant ancestry, the cavaliers of old,
By watching round the shambles where human flesh is sold;
Gloat o'er the new-born child, and count his market value, when
The maddened mother's cry of woe shall pierce the slaver's den!

Lower than plummet soundeth, sink the Virginia name;
Plant...Read More

by Milton, John
...endure, or shrink from pain, 
Insulting Angel! well thou knowest I stood 
Thy fiercest, when in battle to thy aid 
The blasting vollied thunder made all speed, 
And seconded thy else not dreaded spear. 
But still thy words at random, as before, 
Argue thy inexperience what behoves 
From hard assays and ill successes past 
A faithful leader, not to hazard all 
Through ways of danger by himself untried: 
I, therefore, I alone first undertook 
To wing the desolate abyss, an...Read More

by Sassoon, Siegfried
...kward, golden for his gaze, 
Acres of harvest. 

Feebly now he drags 
Exhausted ego back from glooms and quags 
And blasting tumult, terror, hurtling glare,
To calm and brightness, havens of sweet air. 
He sighed, confused; then drew a cautious breath; 
This level journeying was no ride through death. 
‘If I were dead,’ he mused, ‘there’d be no thinking— 
Only some plunging underworld of sinking,
And hueless, shifting welter where I’d drown.’ 

Then he remembe...Read More

by Service, Robert William
Then with eloquence he cussed it, and his final fulmination
Was a poem of profanity impossible to quote.

So blasting goats and petticoats and feeling downright sinful,
Despairfully he wandered in to Shinnigan's shebeen;
And straightway he proceeded to absorb a might skinful
Of the deadliest variety of Shinnigan's potheen.
And when he started homeward it was in the early morning,
But Shamus followed faithfully, a yard behind his back;
Then Casey slipped and stu...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...hickets dwined to thorn-scrub, and the water drained to shallows,
 And I dropped again on desert -- blasterd earth, and blasting sky. . . .

I remember lighting fires; I remember sitting by 'em;
 I remember seeing faces, hearing voices, through the smoke;
I remember they were fancy -- for I threw a stone to try 'em.
 "Something lost behind the Ranges" was the only word they spoke.

But at last the country altered -- White Man's country past disputing -...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth weakness,
Perished there from cold and hunger.
Oh the famine and the fever!
Oh the wasting of the famine!
Oh the blasting of the fever!
Oh the wailing of the children!
Oh the anguish of the women!
All the earth was sick and famished;
Hungry was the air around them,
Hungry was the sky above them,
And the hungry stars in heaven
Like the eyes of wolves glared at them!
Into Hiawatha's wigwam
Came two other guests, as silent
As the ghosts were, and as gloomy,
Waited not to ...Read More

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
Falls on the Ground, and tears the Nuptial Vest, 
By which his Crime's Completion was exprest: 
Then with a Sigh blasting to Carnal Love, 
Drawn deep as Hell, and piercing Heaven, above 
Let Me (he cries) let Me attend his Rod, 
For I have sinn'd, for I have lost my God. 

Hold! (says the Prophet ) of that Speech beware, 
God ne'er was lost, unless by Man's Despair. 
The Wound that is thus willingly reveal'd, 
Th' Almighty is as willing should be heal'd. 
...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel
...t I would not walk all alone till I die
Without some life-drunk horns going by.
Up round this apple-earth they come
Blasting the whispers of the morning dumb:—
Cars in a plain realistic row.
And fair dreams fade
When the raw horns blow.

On each snapping pennant
A big black name:—
The careering city
Whence each car came. 
They tour from Memphis, Atlanta, Savannah, 
Tallahassee and Texarkana. 
They tour from St. Louis, Columbus, Manistee,
They tour from...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
 The palm-tree that grows on the rock to this day, 
 Feels its leaf growing yellow, its slight stem decay, 
 In the blasting and ponderous air; 
 These towns are no more! but to mirror their past, 
 O'er their embers a cold lake spread far and spread fast, 
 With smoke like a furnace, lies there! 


...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...wisdom, which is older than the earth; 
And they were going forward only farther into darkness, 
Unrelieved as were the blasting obligations of their birth; 
And among them, giving always what was not for their possession, 
There were maidens, very quiet, with no quiet in their eyes;
There were daughters of the silence in the Valley of the Shadow, 
Each an isolated item in the family sacrifice. 

There were creepers among catacombs where dull regrets were torches, 
Giving...Read More

by Crowley, Aleister
...the swart ensanguine kiss 
Of the resolute abyss!" 
Wonder-weft the wizard heard 
This intolerable word. 
Smote the blasting hazel rod 
On the scarlet lips of God; 
Trampled Cross and rosy core; 
Brake the thunder-tool of Thor; 
Meek and holy acolyte 
Of the priestly hells of spite,
Sleek and shameless catamite 
Of the beasts that prowl the night! 

Like a star that streams from heaven 
Through the virgin airs light-riven, 
From the lift there shot and fell 
An admirable ...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
No matter which race wronged, or how – 
Let all and one Australia make 
A superhuman effort now. 
Clear out the blasting parasites, 
The paid-for-one-thing manifold, 
And curb the goggled "social-lights" 
That "scorch" to nowhere with our gold. 

Store guns and ammunition first, 
Build forts and warlike factories, 
Sink bores and tanks where drought is worst, 
Give over time to industries. 
The outpost of the white man's race, 
Where next his flag shall be unf...Read More

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