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Famous Shackle Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Lawson, Henry
...factory – 
We are not lacking in the brains that teem with originality. 

Have no fear for the way is clear – we'll shackle the hands of greed – 
Every lad is an engineer in his country's hour of need; 
Many are brilliant, swift to learn, quick at invention too, 
Born inventors whose young hearts burn to show what the South can do! 

To show what the South can do, done well, and more than the North can do. 
They'll make us the cartridge and make the shell, and the gun...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...he lamb shall lie down with the lion, and trust with treachery; 
The brave man go with the coward, and the chained mind shackle the free, 
And the truthful sit with the liar ever by land and sea. 

And there shall be no more passion and no more love nor hate; 
No more contempt for the paltry, no more respect for the great; 
And the people shall breed like rabbits and mate as animals mate. 

For lo! the Big Five have said it, each with a fearsome frown; 
Each for his c...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...nnel white with the crusted salt, but never a show of steam.

There was no time to man the brakes, they knocked the shackle free,
And the Northern Light stood out again, goose-winged to open sea.
(For life it is that is worse than death, by force of Russian law
To work in the mines of mercury that loose the teeth in your jaw.)
They had not run a mile from shore -- they heard no shots behind --
When the skipper smote his hand on his thigh and threw her up in the wi...Read More

by Hughes, Ted and abandon
Shouting Where Where? 

Worse iron is waiting. Power-lift kneels
Levers awake imprisoned deadweight,
Shackle-pins bedded in cast-iron cow-****.
The blind and vibrating condemned obedience
Of iron to the cruelty of iron,
Wheels screeched out of their night-locks - 

Among the tormented
Tonnage and burning of iron 

Weeping in the wind of chloroform 

And the tractor, streaming with sweat,
Raging and trembling and rejoicing....Read More

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