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Famous Ground Floor Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Mayakovsky, Vladimir
...agitated, 
distinct. 
Now, with a couple more, 
it darted about in a desperate dance. 

The plaster on the ground floor crashed. 

Nerves, 
big nerves, 
tiny nerves, 
many nerves! ¨C 
galloped madly 
till soon 
their legs gave way. 

But night oozed and oozed through the room ¨C 
and the eye, weighed down, could not slither out of 
the slime. 

The doors suddenly banged ta-ra-bang, 
as though the hotel¡¯s teeth 
chattered. 

You ...Read More



by Olds, Sharon
...I had last seen
my husband-only two years, and some weeks,
and hours. We had signed the papers and come down to the
ground floor of the Chrysler Building,
the intact beauty of its lobby around us
like a king's tomb, on the ceiling the little
painted plane, in the mural, flying. And it
entered my strictured heart, this morning,
slightly, shyly as if warily,
untamed, a greater sense of the sweetness
and plenty of his ongoing life,
unknown to me, unseen by me,
unheard, u...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...and his wife,
And a dear little child, he loved as his life. 

Barber's mother and three sisters were living on the ground floor,
And in the upper two rooms lived a family who were very poor,
And all had retired to rest, on the night of Christmas day,
Never dreaming that by ~e their lives would be taken away. 

Barber got up on Sunday morning to prepare breakfast for his family,
And a most appalling sight he then did see;
For he found the room was full of smoke,
So de...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...If my Bark sink
'Tis to another sea --
Mortality's Ground Floor
Is Immortality --...Read More

by Lehman, David
...we're having,
the winds (a fugue for flute and oboe) pouring
into the windows which I left open although
I live on the ground floor and there have been
two burglaries on my block already this week,
do I quickly take a look to see
if the valuables are missing? No, that is I can't,
it's an epistemological quandary: what I consider
valuable, would they? Who are they, anyway? I'd answer that
with speculations based on newspaper accounts if I were
Donald E. Westlake, whose no...Read More



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