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Famous Confused Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Finch, Anne Kingsmill' inferior world, and thinks it like her own:
In such a night let me abroad remain,
Till morning breaks, and all's confused again;
Our cares, our toils, our clamors are renewed,
Or pleasures, seldom reached, again pursued....Read More

by Dunn, Stephen
...f what he'd seen. Wasn't sunlight a shadow too?
Wasn't there always a source

behind a source? He just stood there,
confused, a man who had moved
to larger errors, without a prayer....Read More

by Sidney, Sir Philip ioy, by nature apt sprites to enlarge,
Thee to thy wracke beyond thy limits straine;
Nor do like Lords whose weake confused braine
Not 'pointing to fit folkes each vndercharge,
While euerie office themselues will discharge,
With doing all, leaue nothing done but paine.
But giue apt seruants their due place: let eyes
See beauties totall summe summ'd in her face;
Let eares heare speach which wit to wonder ties;
Let breath sucke vp those sweetes; let armes embrac...Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler jav'lins in their path.
With treacherous quicksands, and with storms that blight, 
Entrapped their footsteps and confused their sight.
'Yet on, ' urged Custer, 'on at any cost, 
No hour is there to waste, no moment to be lost.'


Determined, silent, on they rode, and on, 
Like fabled Centaurs, men and steeds seemed one.
No bugle echoed and no voice spoke near, 
Lest on some lurking Indian's list'ning ear
The sound might fall. Through swift des...Read More

by Arnold, Matthew
...nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night. ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...This banquet hall 
 Of Titans is so high, that he who shall 
 With wandering eye look up from beam to beam 
 Of the confused wild roof will haply seem 
 To wonder that the stars he sees not there. 
 Giants the spiders are, that weave with care 
 Their hideous webs, which float the joists amid, 
 Joists whose dark ends in griffins' jaws are hid. 
 The light is lurid, and the air like death, 
 And dark and foul. Even Night holds its breath 
 Awhile. One might suppose...Read More

by Sassoon, Siegfried
And far off the long churring night-jar¡¯s note. 

But something in the wood, trying to daunt him, 
Led him confused in circles through the thicket. 25 
He was forgetting his old wretched folly, 
And freedom was his need; his throat was choking. 
Barbed brambles gripped and clawed him round his legs, 
And he floundered over snags and hidden stumps. 
Mumbling: ¡®I will get out! I must get out!¡¯ 30 
Butting and thrusting up the baffling gloom, 
P...Read More

by Levine, Philip
...ronicles of death themselves 
curling and blurring 
into death, and took away 
the book still unfinished 
of a man more confused 
even than I, and switched off 
the light, and left me alone. 


In June of 1975 I wakened 
one late afternoon in Amsterdam 
in a dim corner of a library. 
I had fallen asleep over a book 
and was roused by a young girl 
whose hand lay on my hand. 
I turned my head up and stared 
into her brown eyes, deep 
and gleaming. She was ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...passion home again. 
And this, at times, she mingled with his drink, 
And this destroy'd him; for the wicked broth 
Confused the chemic labor of the blood, 
And tickling the brute brain within the man's 
Made havoc among those tender cells, and check'd 
His power to shape. He loathed himself, and once 
After a tempest woke upon a morn 
That mock'd him with returning calm, and cried:

"Storm in the night! for thrice I heard the rain 
Rushing; and once the flash of a th...Read More

by Jarrell, Randall
I think of all I have.
But really no one is exceptional,
No one has anything, I'm anybody,
I stand beside my grave
Confused with my life, that is commonplace and solitary....Read More

by Milton, John
...and of itself the water flies 
All taste of living wight, as once it fled 
The lip of Tantalus. Thus roving on 
In confused march forlorn, th' adventurous bands, 
With shuddering horror pale, and eyes aghast, 
Viewed first their lamentable lot, and found 
No rest. Through many a dark and dreary vale 
They passed, and many a region dolorous, 
O'er many a frozen, many a fiery alp, 
Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens, and shades of death-- 
A universe of death, which...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
..., swiftly and noiselessly stepping and stopping, 
Bending with open eyes over the shut eyes of sleepers, 
Wandering and confused, lost to myself, ill-assorted, contradictory, 
Pausing, gazing, bending, and stopping.

How solemn they look there, stretch’d and still! 
How quiet they breathe, the little children in their cradles! 

The wretched features of ennuyés, the white features of corpses, the livid faces of
 drunkards, the sick-gray faces of onanists, 
The gash’d bodi...Read More

by Doty, Mark
but in the real structures 
you could hardly imagine a future. 
I wanted the density of history, 
which I confused with the smell of the book: 

Babylon's ziggurat tropical with ferns, 
engraved watercourses rippling; 
the Colossus of Rhodes balanced 
over the harbormouth on his immense ankles. 
Athena filled one end of the Parthenon, 
in an "artist's reconstruction", 
like an adult in a dollhouse. 

At Halicarnassus, Mausolus remembered himself 
immense...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
Street after street as Heinrich wished it so.
He had some aim, she had forgotten what.
Their progress was confused and very slow,
But at the last they reached a lonely spot,
A garden far above the highest shot
Of soaring steeple. At their feet, the town
Spread open like a chequer-board laid down.
Lotta was dimly conscious of the rest,
Vaguely remembered how he clasped the chain
About her neck. She treated it in jest,
And saw his face cloud over with ...Read More

by Aiken, Conrad
...elds us our desire.

'No, do not stare so—he is weak with grief,
He cannot face you, he turns his eyes aside;
He is confused with pain.
I suffered this. I know. It was long ago . . .
He closes his eyes and drowns in death again.'

The wind hurls blows at the rain-starred glistening windows,
The wind shrills down from the half-seen walls.
We flow on the mournful wind in a dream of dying;
And at last a silence falls.


Midnight;...Read More

by Killigrew, Anne
...dy Fields that are in Fame enroll'd, 
I see, I see thousands in Battle slain, 
The Dead and Dying cover all the Plain, 
Confused Noises hear, each way sent out, 
The Vanquisht Cries joyn'd with the Victors shout;
Their Sighs and Groans who draw a painful Breath,
And feel the Pangs of slow approaching Death:
Yet happier these, far happier are the Dead,
Than who into Captivity are led: 
What by their Chains, and by the Victors Pride, 
We pity these, and envy those that dy'd.Read More

by Herbert, George
...ever grief like mine? 

Pilate a stranger holdeth off; but they, 
Mine own dear people, cry, 'Away, away, '
With noises confused frighting the day: 
Was ever grief like mine? 

Yet still they shout, and cry, and stop their ears, 
Putting my life among their sins and fears, 
And therefore wish my blood on them and theirs: 
Was ever grief like mine? 

See how spite cankers things. These words aright
Used, and wished, are the whole world's light: 
But honey is their gall, br...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...rieked in the clutch of pain.
The crisis passed, he would wake and smile
With a vacant joy, half-imbecile
And quite confused, not being certain
Why he was suffering; a curtain
Fallen over the tortured mind beguiled
His sorrow. Like a little child
He would play with his watches and gems, with glee
Calling the Shadow to look and see
How the spots on the ceiling danced prettily
When he flashed his stones. "Mother, the green
Has slid so cunningly in between
The blue a...Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)
...f ivory and coloured glass
Unstoppered, lurked her strange synthetic perfumes,
Unguent, powdered, or liquid - troubled, confused
And drowned the sense in odours; stirred by the air
That freshened from the window, these ascended 
In fattening the prolonged candle-flames,
Flung their smoke into the laquearia,
Stirring the pattern on the coffered ceiling.
Huge sea-wood fed with copper
Burned green and orange, framed by the coloured stone,
In which sad light a carved dolphin ...Read More

by Shakur, Tupac
...airy tales r uncovered
myths exposed and pain magnified
the greatest pain discovered
u taught me 2 be strong
but im confused 2 c u so weak
u said never 2 give up
and it hurts 2 c u welcome defeat

when ure hero falls so do the stars
and so does the perception of tomorrow
without my hero there is only
me alone 2 deal with my sorrow
your heart ceases 2 work
and your soul is not happy at all
what r u expected 2 do
when ure only hero falls...Read More

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