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Famous Cut Up Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Lawson, Henry
...ches the legal chaff and dust: 
Make Federation perfect, as sooner or later you must. 
Scatter your crowded cities, cut up your States – and so 
Give your brave sons of the future the ghost of a White Man's show....Read more of this...

by Sexton, Anne

Oh the blackness is murderous 
and the milk tip is brimming 
and each machine is working 
and I will kiss you when 
I cut up one dozen new men 
and you will die somewhat, 
again and again....Read more of this...

by Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
...ugh much sea-sickness. The train swept us on.
Was this my father's England ? the great isle ?
The ground seemed cut up from the fellowship
Of verdure, field from field, as man from man ;
The skies themselves looked low and positive,
As almost you could touch them with a hand,
And dared to do it they were so far off
From God's celestial crystals ; all things blurred
And dull and vague. Did Shakspeare and his mates
Absorb the light here ? -- not a hill or stone
With...Read more of this...

by Carroll, Lewis
...e convicted of the thing
(Unless when pardoned by the King)
Must instantly be slaughtered. 

"That simply means 'be cut up small':
Ghosts soon unite anew.
The process scarcely hurts at all -
Not more than when YOU're what you call
'Cut up' by a Review. 

"The Fifth is one you may prefer
That I should quote entire:-

WITH OUT-AND-OU...Read more of this...

by Kipling, Rudyard
With no heart for fight,
We take refuge in flight,
But fire as we run, our retreat to defend;
Until our stern-chasers
Cut up her fore-braces,
And she flies off the wind from us poor honest men!

'Twix' the Forties and Fifties,
South-eastward the drift is,
And so, when we think we are making Land's End
Alas, it is Ushant 
With half the King's Navy
Blockading French ports against poor honest men!

But they may not quit station
(Which is our salvation )
So swiftly we stand to ...Read more of this...

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...h caused the battle on the North Inch
'Twixt the Clans Chattan and Kay, and neither of them did flinch,
Until they were cut up inch by inch. 

The scenery is lovely in the month of June,
When trees and flowers are in full bloom,
Especially near by the Palace of Scone,
Where the blackbird is heard whistling all day
While near by rolls on the clear silvery Tay. 

Of all the cities in Scotland, beautiful Perth for me,
For it is the most elegant city that ever I did see,
...Read more of this...

by Donne, John
...When I am dead, and doctors know not why,
And my friends' curiosity
Will have me cut up to survey each part,— 
When they shall find your picture in my heart,
You think a sudden damp of love
Will through all their senses move,
And work on them as me, and so prefer
Your murder to the name of massacre.

Poor victories! But if you dare be brave,
And pleasure in your conquest have,
First kill th' enormous giant, your Disdain,
And let th' ...Read more of this...

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...afraid, will put us to great bother,
For the black Zulus are coming, and for our blood doth thirst,"
"And the force is cut up to pieces!" shouted the first. 

"We're dead beat," said both, "but we've got to go on,"
And on they rode both, looking very woebegone;
Then Henry Hook put all thought of cooking out of his mind,
For he was surrounded with danger on every side he did find. 

He was a private of the South Wales Borderers, Henry Hook,
Also a brave soldier, and a...Read more of this...

by Field, Eugene
...straw parlor, don't you?

And down from a rafter a spider had hung
Some swings upon which he incessantly swung.
He cut up such didoes--such antics he played
Way up in the air, and was never afraid!
He never made use of his horrid old sting,
But was just upon earth for the fun of the thing!
I deeply regret to observe that so few
Of these good-natured insects are met with, don't you?

And, down in the strawstack, a wee little mite
Of a cricket went chirping by day and by n...Read more of this...

by Lear, Edward
...l studious as he sits, - 
"And pull him down, - and chop him into endless little bits! 
"Then mix him with your Onion, (cut up likewise into Scraps,) - 
"When your Stuffin' will be ready-and very good: perhaps."

Those two old Bachelors without loss of time 
The nearly purpledicular crags at once began to climb; 
And at the top, among the rocks, all seated in a nook, 
They saw that Sage, a reading of a most enormous book.

"You earnest Sage!" aloud they cried, "your b...Read more of this...

by Kipling, Rudyard
...wait like a soldier . . .

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
 An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
 Go, go, go like a soldier,
 Go, go, go like a soldier,
 Go, go, go like a soldier,
 So-oldier of the Queen!...Read more of this...

by Lear, Edward
There was an old person of Blythe,Who cut up his meat with a scythe;When they said, "Well! I never!" he cried, "Scythes for ever!"That lively old person of Blythe. ...Read more of this...

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