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Famous Shuffles Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Simic, Charles
...elevators stop running,
The grains of dust stay put.
Hours of quiescent sleuthing
Before the Madonna with the mop

Shuffles down the long corridor
Trying doorknobs, turning mine.
That's just little old me sweating
In the customer's chair, I'll say.
Keep your nose out of it.
I'm not closing up till he breaks....Read More

by Wright, Judith
...job at the Hillgrove. He went like a luny, 
him on his big black horse. 

Oh, they slide and they vanish 
as he shuffles the years like a pack of conjuror's cards. 
True or not, it's all the same; and the frost on the roof 
cracks like a whip, and the back-log break into ash. 
Wake, old man. this is winter, and the yarns are over. 
No-one is listening 
South of my days' circle. 
I know it dark against the stars, the high lean country 
full of old s...Read More

by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
...their shrouds, ere they vanish, they carefully don,

And under the turf all is quiet.

But one of them stumbles and shuffles there still,

And gropes at the graves in despair;
Yet 'tis by no comrade he's treated so ill

The shroud he soon scents in the air.
So he rattles the door--for the warder 'tis well
That 'tis bless'd, and so able the foe to repel,

All cover'd with crosses in metal.

The shroud he must have, and no rest will allow,

There remains for reflect...Read More

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