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Famous Hand To Mouth Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...Long lines of cliff breaking have left a chasm;
And in the chasm are foam and yellow sands;
Beyond, red roofs about a narrow wharf
In cluster; then a moulder'd church; and higher
A long street climbs to one tall-tower'd mill;
And high in heaven behind it a gray down
With Danish barrows; and a hazelwood,
By autumn nutters haunted, flourishes
Green in a cupl...Read More

by Walcott, Derek
there is no harder prison than writing verse,
what's poetry, if it is worth its salt,
but a phrase men can pass from hand to mouth?

>From hand to mouth, across the centuries,
the bread that lasts when systems have decayed,
when, in his forest of barbed-wire branches,
a prisoner circles, chewing the one phrase
whose music will last longer than the leaves,

whose condensation is the marble sweat
of angels' foreheads, which will never dry
till Borealis shuts the peacock ligh...Read More

by Hopkins, Gerard Manley
...groundlong babyhood to hoary 
Age gasp; whose breath is our memento mori— 
What bass is our viol for tragic tones? 
He! Hand to mouth he lives, and voids with shame; 
And, blazoned in however bold the name, 
Man Jack the man is, just; his mate a hussy. 
And I that die these deaths, that feed this flame, 
That … in smooth spoons spy life’s masque mirrored: tame
My tempests there, my fire and fever fussy....Read More

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