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Famous Outside World Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Masters, Edgar Lee
...Which catches and loses bits of the landscape. 
Then in time 
Great scratches were made on the mirror, 
Letting the outside world come in, 
And letting my inner self look out. 
For this is the birth of the soul in sorrow, 
A birth with gains and losses. 
The mind sees the world as a thing apart, 
And the soul makes the world at one with itself. 
A mirror scratched reflects no image— 
And this is the silence of wisdom....Read More

by Wei, Wang
...dress was unchanged since the time of Qin.
The people lived together on uplands above Wu Ling river,
Apart from the outside world they laid their fields and plantations.
Below the pines and the bright moon, all was quiet in the houses,
When the sun started to shine through the clouds, the chickens and dogs gave voice.
Startled to find a stranger amongst them, the people jostled around,
They competed to invite him in and ask about his home.
As brightness came, ...Read More

by Lawrence, D. H.
...are all of us dying 
and nothing will stay the death-flood rising within us 
and soon it will rise on the world, on the outside world. 

We are dying, we are dying, piecemeal our bodies are dying 
and our strength leaves us, 
and our soul cowers naked in the dark rain over the flood, 
cowering in the last branches of the tree of our life. 


We are dying, we are dying, so all we can do 
is now to be willing to die, and to build the ship 
of death to carry the sou...Read More

by Cavafy, Constantine P
...were building the walls.

But I never heard any noise or sound of builders.
Imperceptibly they shut me from the outside world....Read More

by Rilke, Rainer Maria
...World was in the face of the beloved--,
but suddenly it poured out and was gone:
world is outside, world can not be grasped.

Why didn't I, from the full, beloved face
as I raised it to my lips, why didn't I drink
world, so near that I couldn't almost taste it?

Ah, I drank. Insatiably I drank.
But I was filled up also, with too much
world, and...Read More

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