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Famous Shrugging Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Berryman, John the creature
Henry sometimes felt.
A state of chancy mind when facts stick out
frequent was his, while that this shrugging girl,
keen, do not quit, he knelt.

(Having so swiftly, and been by, let down.)...Read more of this...

by Murray, Les
this sleek accountancy of notes 
deep feeling adrift from its feelers 
thought that means everything at once 
like a shrugging of cream shoulders 
like paintings hung on park mesh 
sonore doom soneer illy chesh 
they lost the off switch in my lifetime 
the world reverberates with Muzak 
and Prozac. As it doesn't with poe-zac 
(I did meet a Miss Universe named Verstak). 
Music to me is like days 
I rarely catch who composed them 
if one's sublime I think God 
my lif...Read more of this...

by Brautigan, Richard
...Would you like a bottle of beer?" I said. "I'm sorry to

put you through this again. "

 "Thank you, " he said, shrugging his shoulders. He took

the beer over and put it on the empty seat of the wagon.

That's how it looked. After a long time, we were free of the

sheep. They were like a net dragged finally away from the


 We drove up to the place on Carrie Creek and pitched the tent and took our goods out of the car and piled them in the te...Read more of this...

by Hicok, Bob
...ger loose to graze. Thank you I say to kill the silence 
with my mouth, meaning **** you, meaning die 
you shoulder-shrugging fusion of chipped chromosomes 
and puss, meaning enough. That a portal exists in my wall 
that even its makers can't govern seems an accurate mirror 
of life. Here's the truce I offer: I'll pay whatever's asked 
to be left alone. To receive a fax from me stand beside 
your mailbox for a week. It will come in what appears 
to be an e...Read more of this...

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