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Famous Lights Out Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Poe, Edgar Allan
Lo! 't is a gala night

Within the lonesome latter years!
An angel throng bewinged bedight

In veils and drowned in tears 
Sit in a theatre to see

A play of hopes and fears...Read More



by Ginsberg, Allen
What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whit- 
man, for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees 
with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon. 
In my...Read More

by Dyke, Henry Van
 "Lights out" along the land,
"Lights out" upon the sea.
The night must put her hiding hand
O'er peaceful towns where children sleep,
And peaceful ships that darkly creep
Across the waves, as if...Read More

by Bly, Robert
In rainy September when leaves grow down to the dark 
I put my forehead down to the damp seaweed-smelling sand.
What can we do but choose? The only way for human...Read More



by Bukowski, Charles
 starving there, sitting around the bars,
and at night walking the streets for hours,
the moonlight always seemed fake
to me, mabye it was,
and in the French Quarter I watched
the horses and...Read More

by Plath, Sylvia
 All summer we moved in a villa brimful of echos,
Cool as the pearled interior of a conch.
Bells, hooves, of the high-stipping black goats woke us.
Around our bed the baronial...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
 LET us go out of the fog, John, out of the filmy persistent drizzle on the streets of Stockholm, let us put down the collars of our raincoats, take...Read More

by Newbolt, Sir Henry
 A Song of the Great Retreat

Dreary lay the long road, dreary lay the town, 
Lights out and never a glint o' moon: 
Weary lay the stragglers, half a thousand...Read More



by Thomas, Edward
 I have come to the borders of sleep, 
The unfathomable deep 
Forest where all must lose 
Their way, however straight, 
Or winding, soon or late; 
They cannot choose.

Many a...Read More

by Graves, Robert
 The bugler sent a call of high romance— 
“Lights out! Lights out!” to the deserted square. 
On the thin brazen notes he threw a prayer, 
“God, if it’s this...Read More

by Mansfield, Katherine
 (O little white feet of mine)
Out in the storm and the rain you fly;
(Red, red shoes the colour of wine)
Can the children hear my cry?

(O little white feet of...Read More

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