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Famous Green Light Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Lawrence, D. H.
...s in gloom beneath the glowing 
Brown hills surrounding ... 

When under the arches of the Ponte Vecchio 
A green light enters against stream, flush from the west, 
Against the current of obscure Arno ... 

Look up, and you see things flying 
Between the day and the night; 
Swallows with spools of dark thread sewing the shadows together. 

A circle swoop, and a quick parabola under the bridge arches 
Where light pushes through; 
A sudden turning up...Read More



by Owen, Wilfred
...ing out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime...
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at e...Read More

by de la Mare, Walter
...>.Once upon a time..." 
Like a dream you dream in the night, 
Fairies and gnomes stole out 
In the leaf-green light. 

And her beauty far away 
Would fade, as her voice ran on, 
Till hazel and summer sun 
And all were gone:-- 

All fordone and forgot; 
And like clouds in the height of the sky, 
Our hearts stood still in the hush 
Of an age gone by....Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...spurs into the pig,
Which trampled and snorted,
And stamped its cloven feet deeper into Mr. Spruggins.
Then the green light on the floor began to undulate.
It heaved and hollowed,
It rose like a tide,
Sea-green,
Full of claws and scales
And wriggles.
The air above his bed began to move;
It weighed over him
In a mass of draggled feathers.
Not one lifted to stir the air.
They drooped and dripped
With a smell of port wine and brandy,
Closing down, slowly,...Read More

by Seeger, Alan
...e's attainment by the hours 
That Joy has rescued from oblivion. 

II 


Come out into the evening streets. The green light lessens in the west. 
The city laughs and liveliest her fervid pulse of pleasure beats. 


The belfry on Saint Severin strikes eight across the smoking eaves: 
Come out under the lights and leaves 
to the Reine Blanche on Saint Germain. . . . 


Now crowded diners fill the floor of brasserie and restaurant. 
Shrill voi...Read More



by Brautigan, Richard
...nd dry it in the sun and then

make it into a crown with the teeth running in a circle around

the top of it and a nice green light coming off the teeth.

 Then the nitnesses and newspapermen and gas chamber

flunkies would have to watch a king wearing a coyote crown

die there in front of them, the gas rising in the chamber like

a rain mist drifting down the mountain from Salt Creek. It

has been raining here now for two days, and through the trees

the heart stops ...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard
...in America Shorty. She didn't care about his sausages

any more either.

 She decided to take advantage of the green light, and she

crossed over to the sandbox.

 Trout Fishing in America Shorty stared after her as if

the space between them were a river growing larger and

larger....Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...bowers,The glistening dew-drops hang on bending flowers,And tender green light-shadows o'er the plain:And thou, sweet Philomel, renew'st thy strain,Breathing thy wild notes to the midnight grove:All nature feels the kindling fire of love,The vital force of spring's returning reign.But not to me r...Read More

by Russell, George William
...from afar.


From their feet as they strayed in the meadow
 It led through caverned aisles,
Filled with purple and green light and shadow
 For mystic miles on miles.


The children were glad: it was lonely
 To play on the hillside by day.
“But now,” they said, “we have only
 To go where the good people stray.”


For all the hillside was haunted
 By the faery folk come again;
And down in the heart-light enchanted
 Were opal-coloured men.


They moved like ...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...he flicked his tail,
And a green-and-copper brightness
Ran under the water.
Out from under the reeds
Came the olive-green light,
And orange flashed up
Through the sun-thickened water.
So the fish passed across the pool,
Green and copper,
A darkness and a gleam,
And the blurred reflections of the willows on the opposite bank
Received it....Read More

by Yeats, William Butler
...en
He had outridden his war-wasted men
That with empounded cattle trod the mire,
And where beech-trees had mixed a pale green light
With the ground-ivy's blue, he saw a stag
Whiter than curds, its eyes the tint of the sea.
Because it stood upon his path and seemed
More hands in height than any stag in the world
He sat with tightened rein and loosened mouth
Upon his trembling horse, then drove the spur;
But the stag stooped and ran at him, and passed,
Rending the horse's f...Read More

by Yeats, William Butler
...ill grew there: far on the sea's waste
Shaking and waving, vapour vapour chased,
While high frail cloudlets, fed with a green light,
Like drifts of leaves, immovable and bright,
Hung in the passionate dawn. He slowly turned:
A demon's leisure: eyes, first white, now burned
Like wings of kingfishers; and he arose
Barking. We trampled up and down with blows
Of sword and brazen battle-axe, while day
Gave to high noon and noon to night gave way;
And when he knew the sword...Read More

by Stevens, Wallace
...flew out of sight, 
It marked the edge 
Of one of many circles. 

X 
At the sight of blackbirds 
Flying in a green light, 
Even the bawds of euphony 
Would cry out sharply. 

XI 
He rode over Connecticut 
In a glass coach. 
Once, a fear pierced him, 
In that he mistook 
The shadow of his equipage 
For blackbirds. 

XII 
The river is moving. 
The blackbird must be flying. 

XIII 
It was evening all afternoon. 
It was snowing...Read More

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