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Famous Cold As Ice Poems by Famous Poets

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by Bishop, Elizabeth
...f the ground, from 
front to back, the wake of a ship, wax-white water, or a slowly 
melting floe. I am cold, cold, cold as ice. My blind, white bull's 
head was a Cretan scare-head; degenerate, my four horns that 
can't attack. The sides of my mouth are now my hands. They 
press the earth and suck it hard. Ah, but I know my shell is 
beautiful, and high, and glazed, and shining. I know it well, 
although I have not seen it. Its curled white lip is...Read More



by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
...y form with joy,

Thou must learn this secret sad to know;

Yes! the maid, whom thou

Call'st thy loved one now,

Is as cold as ice, though white as snow."

Then he clasps her madly in his arm,

While love's youthful might pervades his frame:
"Thou might'st hope, when with me, to grow warm,

E'en if from the grave thy spirit came!

Breath for breath, and kiss!

Overflow of bliss!

Dost not thou, like me, feel passion's flame?"

Love still closer rivets now their lips,

Te...Read More

by Crowley, Aleister
...re,
Some just reluctance to the Great Unseen
That coils its nameless terrors, and its dire
Fear round my heart; a devil cold as ice
Breathes somewhere, for I feel his shudder take 
My veins: some deadlier asp or cockatrice
Slimes in my senses: I am half awake, 
Half automatic, as I move along
Wrapped in a cloud of blackness deep as hell,
Hearing afar some half-forgotten song
As of disruption; yet strange glories dwell
Above my head, as if a sword of light,
Rayed of the very D...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...I bought a young and lovely bride,
 Paying her father gold;
Lamblike she rested by my side,
 As cold as ice is cold.
No love in her could I awake,
 Even for pity's sake.

I bought rich books I could not read,
 And pictures proud and rare;
Reproachfully they seemed to plead
 And hunger for my care;
But to their beauty I was blind,
 Even as is a hind.

The bearded merchants heard my cry:
 'I'll give all I posses
If only, only I can buy
 A lit...Read More

by Aiken, Conrad
...might do an act together. 
That would be very nice.' 
He kisses her passionately, and thinks 
She's carnal, but cold as ice....Read More



by Service, Robert William
...with scissors-lock,
He gripped the lad's arm like a vice;
The prisoned hand went white as chalk,
And limp as death and cold as ice.
And then he tried to break the wrist,
And kidney-pounded with his knee,
But with a cry and lightning twist
The Roman youth had wrested free. . . .

Then like mad bulls they hooked and mauled,
And blindly butted, bone on bone;
Spread-eagled on the mat they sprawled,
And writhed and rocked with bitter moan.
Then faltered to...Read More

by Aiken, Conrad
...ht do an act together. 
That would be very nice.' 
He kisses her passionately, and thinks 
She's carnal, but cold as ice. ...Read More

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