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Famous Bleaching Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
I do not think he felt the pain at all. 
He felt the blow.… Oh, the whole thing was bad—
So bad that even the bleaching suns and rains 
Of years that wash away to faded lines, 
Or blot out wholly, the sharp wrongs and ills 
Of youth, have had no cleansing agent in them 
To dim the picture. I still see him going
Away from where I stood; and I shall see him 
Longer, sometime, than I shall see the face 
Of whosoever watches by the bed 
On which I die—given I die th...Read More

by Atwood, Margaret
...d you leave behind you a heroic 
trail of desolation: 
beer bottles 
slaughtered by the side 
of the road, bird-
skulls bleaching in the sunset.

I ought to be watching
from behind a cliff or a cardboard storefront 
when the shooting starts, hands clasped 
in admiration, 

but I am elsewhere.
Then what about me

what about the I 
confronting you on that border 
you are always trying to cross? 

I am the horizon
you ride towards, the thing you can never lasso

I a...Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...fate was worse than death; 
Past naked bodies whose disfiguring wounds
Spoke of the hellish hate of human hounds; 
Past bleaching skeleton and rifled grave, 
On pressed th' avenging host, to rescue and to save.


Uncertain Nature, like a fickle friend, 
(Worse than the foe on whom we may depend) 
Turned on these dauntless souls a brow of wrath
And hurled her icy jav'lins in their path.
With treacherous quicksands, and with storms that blight, 
Entrapped their...Read More

by Field, Eugene
...h poison fern and slimy weed
And under ragged, jagged stones
They scuttle, or, in ghoulish greed,
They lap a dead man's bleaching bones.

And as, O pool, thou dost cajole
With seemings that beguile us well,
So doeth many a human soul
That teemeth with the lusts of hell....Read More

by Housman, A E
And saw the purple crocus pale 
Flower about the autumn dale; 
Or littering far the fields of May 
Lady-smocks a-bleaching lay, 
And like a skylit water stood 
The bluebells in the azured wood. 

Yonder, lightening other loads, 
The seasons range the country roads, 
But here in London streets I ken 
No such helpmates, only men; 
And these are not in plight to bear, 
If they would, another's care. 
They have enough as 'tis: I see 
In many an eye that measures me...Read More

by Lowell, Robert
...closure like my school soccer court,
and saw the Hudson River once a day
through sooty clothesline entanglements
and bleaching khaki tenements.
Strolling, I yammered metaphysics with Abramowitz,
a jaundice-yellow ("it's really tan")
and fly-weight pacifist,
so vegetarian,
he wore rope shoes and preferred fallen fruit.
He tried to convert Bioff and Brown,
the Hollywood pimps, to his diet.
Hairy, muscular, suburban,
wearing chocolate double-breasted suit...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...barge, or in crowned, velvet car, 
 From gay Whitehall to gloomy Temple Bar—" 
 (Where—had you slipt, that head were bleaching now! 
 And that same rabble, splitting for a hedge, 
 Had joined their rows to cheer the active headsman; 
 Perchance, in mockery, they'd gird the skull 
 With a hop-leaf crown! Bitter the brewing, Noll!) 
 Are crowns the end-all of ambition? Remember 
 Charles Stuart! and that they who make can break! 
 This same Whitehall may black its fro...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...w, for it was not worth his while. 
The tanks are full and the grass is high in the mulga off the track, 
Where the bleaching bones of a white man lie 
by his mouldering swag Out Back. 

For time means tucker, and tramp they must, 
where the plains and scrubs are wide, 
With seldom a track that a man can trust, or a mountain peak to guide; 
All day long in the flies and heat the men of the outside track 
With stinted stomachs and blistered feet 
must carry their swags...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
..., though not actually qualified for a Christian coterie. Perhaps some of our own "blues" might not be the worse for bleaching. 

(28) "Galiong?e," or Galiongi, a sailor, that is, a Turkish sailor; the Greeks navigate, the Turks work the guns. Their dress is picturesque; and I have seen the Capitan Pacha more than once wearing it as a kind of incog. Their legs, however, are generally naked. The buskins described in the text as sheathed behind with silver ar...Read More

by Wakoski, Diane
taste the historical darkness openly.
Taste your own beautiful death,
see your own photo image,
as x-ray,
Bone bleaching inside the blackening
flesh...Read More

by Carman, Bliss
...greed and strife,
In that unaging gladness and dignity of life.

Through streets as smooth as asphalt and white as bleaching shell,
Where the slip-shod heel is happy and the naked foot goes well,
In their gaudy cotton kerchiefs, with swaying hips and free,
Go her black folk in the morning to the market of the sea.

Into her bright sea-gardens the flushing tide-gates lead,
Where fins of chrome and scarlet loll in the lifting weed;
With the long sea-draft behind them, ...Read More

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