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Famous Sloughs Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Tennyson, Alfred Lord

I have climb’d to the snows of Age, and I gaze at a field in the Past.
Where I sank with the body at times in the sloughs of a low desire,
But I hear no yelp of the beast, and the Man is quiet at last,
As he stands on the heights of his life with a glimpse of a height that is higher....Read More

by Owen, Wilfred
...Dead have ravished.
Memory fingers in their hair of murders,
Multitudinous murders they once witnessed.
Wading sloughs of flesh these helpless wander,
Treading blood from lungs that had loved laughter.
Always they must see these things and hear them,
Batter of guns and shatter of flying muscles,
Carnage incomparable and human squander
Rucked too thick for these men's extrication.

Therefore still their eyeballs shrink tormented
Back into their brains, because...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...t count thee perfect gain,
What time I watch the darkening droves of swine
That range on yonder plain.

"In filthy sloughs they roll a prurient skin,
They graze and wallow, breed and sleep;
And oft some brainless devil enters in,
And drives them to the deep."

Then of the moral instinct would she prate
And of the rising from the dead,
As hers by right of full accomplish'd Fate;
And at the last she said:

"I take possession of man's mind and deed.
I care not wha...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord's right hand in thunder-storms, 
And breed up warriors! See now, though yourself 
Be dazzled by the wildfire Love to sloughs 
That swallow common sense, the spindling king, 
This Gama swamped in lazy tolerance. 
When the man wants weight, the woman takes it up, 
And topples down the scales; but this is fixt 
As are the roots of earth and base of all; 
Man for the field and woman for the hearth: 
Man for the sword and for the needle she: 
Man with the head and woman wit...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...of the life he led. 
Let the man go: let the dead flesh be dead, 
And let the worms be its biographers. 

Song sloughs away the sin to find redress 
In art’s complete remembrance: nothing clings
For long but laurel to the stricken brow 
That felt the Muse’s finger; nothing less 
Than hell’s fulfilment of the end of things 
Can blot the star that shines on Paris now....Read More

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