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Famous Slantwise Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Williams, William Carlos (WCW)
...Go to sleep—though of course you will not— 
to tideless waves thundering slantwise against 
strong embankments, rattle and swish of spray 
dashed thirty feet high, caught by the lake wind, 
scattered and strewn broadcast in over the steady 
car rails! Sleep, sleep! Gulls' cries in a wind-gust 
broken by the wind; calculating wings set above 
the field of waves breaking. 
Go to sleep to the lunge between foam-crests, 
refuse c...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...rame Some little word 
of loving, and her eyes
Would brim and spill their tears, when all they 
saw Was the bright sun, slantwise
Through burgeoning trees, and all the morning's flame
Burning and quivering round her. With quick shame
She shut her heart and bent before the law.

He was a soldier, she was proud of that. This 
was his house and she would keep it well.
His honour was in fighting, hers in what He'd left her here 
in charge of. Then a spell
Of...Read More

by Whittier, John Greenleaf
...hrough the beeches I looked at last 
On the little red gate and the well-sweep near. 

I can see it all now, -- the slantwise rain 
Of light through the leaves, 
The sundown's blaze on her window-pane, 
The bloom of her roses under the eaves. 

Just the same as a month before, -- 
The house and the trees, 
The barn's brown gable, the vine by the door, -- 
Nothing changed but the hives of bees. 

Before them, under the garden wall, 
Forward and back, 
Went drearily...Read More

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