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Famous Smash Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...he hallions to the birses;
Yet while they’re only poind’t and herriet,
They’ll keep their stubborn Highland spirit:
But smash them! crash them a’ to spails,
An’ rot the dyvors i’ the jails!
The young dogs, swinge them to the labour;
Let wark an’ hunger mak them sober!
The hizzies, if they’re aughtlins fawsont,
Let them in Drury-lane be lesson’d!
An’ if the wives an’ dirty brats
Come thiggin at your doors an’ yetts,
Flaffin wi’ duds, an’ grey wi’ beas’,
Frightin away your duck...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...Is the meaning of this most unholy of wars?
Do men find life so full of humour and joy
That for want of excitement they smash up the toy?
Fifteen millions of soldiers with popguns and horses
All bent upon killing, because their "of courses"
Are not quite the same. All these men by the ears,
And nine nations of women choking with tears.
It is folly to think that the will of a king
Can force men to make ducks and drakes of a thing
They value, and life is, at least one s...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...see it some day!

No indeed! We are not strong,
 But we know Peoples that are.
Yes, and we'll guide them along
 To smash and destroy you in War!
We shall be slaves just the same?
 Yes, we have always been slaves,
But you--you will die of the shame,
 And then we shall dance on your graves!

 We are the Little Folk, we, etc....Read More

by Riley, James Whitcomb!
An my fi'-cents
It sticked in my tin bank, an' I ist store
Purt' nigh my thumbnail off,
a-tryin to get
It out - nen smash it! - An' it's in there yit!
But I ain't goin' to cry no more, no more!

Oo! I'm so wickud! - An' my breath's so hot -
Ist like I run an' don't res' none
But ist run on when I ought to not;
Yes, an' my chin
An' lip's all warpy, an' teeth's so fast,
An' 's a place in my throat I can't swaller past -
An' they all hurt so!
An' oh, my-oh!
I'm a-startin' ag...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...SMASH down the cities.
Knock the walls to pieces.
Break the factories and cathedrals, warehouses
and homes
Into loose piles of stone and lumber and black
burnt wood:
You are the soldiers and we command you.

Build up the cities.
Set up the walls again.
Put together once more the factories and cathedrals,
warehouses and homes
Into building...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...I wanted a man's face looking into the jaws and throat
of life
With something proud on his face, so proud no smash
of the jaws,
No gulp of the throat leaves the face in the end
With anything else than the old proud look:
Even to the finish, dumped in the dust,
Lost among the used-up cinders,
This face, men would say, is a flash,
Is laid on bones taken from the ribs of the earth,
Ready for the hammers of changing, changing years,
Ready for the sleeping, sleeping yea...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...rafty thing, 
I make the cry my maker cannot make 
With his great round mouth; he must blow through mine!' 
Would not I smash it with my foot? So He. 

But wherefore rough, why cold and ill at ease? 
Aha, that is a question! Ask, for that, 
What knows,--the something over Setebos 
That made Him, or He, may be, found and fought, 
Worsted, drove off and did to nothing, perchance. 
There may be something quiet o'er His head, 
Out of His reach, that feels nor joy nor gri...Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
...ame and peeved
towards some dark corner
but I intercept his dawdling
his crawling like some broken hero,
and the straws smash his legs
now waving
above his head
and looking
looking for the enemy 
and somewhat valiant,
dying without apparent pain
simply crawling backward
piece by piece
leaving nothing there
until at last the red gut sack
its secrets,
and I run child-like
with God's anger a step behind,
back to simple sunlight,
as the world goes by
with curle...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard
...y in love's unbreakable heaven
Our souls on glory of spilt bourbon float.

Be with me, darling, early and late. Smash glasses—
I will study wry music for your sake.
For should your hands drop white and empty
All the toys of the world would break....Read More

by Bridges, Robert Seymour
...her bread and
butter are
at ... 
but, no, I've felt sad
about everything:
the lost redhead was just another
smash in a lifelong
loss ... 
I listen to drums on the radio now
and grin.
there is something wrong with me
melancholia....Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns) had a very unusual gift of the 
They were highly efficient cat-burglars as well, and 
 remarkably smart at smash-and-grab.
They made their home in Victoria Grove. They had no regular 
They were plausible fellows, and liked to engage a friendly 
 policeman in conversation.

When the family assembled for Sunday dinner,
With their minds made up that they wouldn't get thinner
On Argentine joint, potatoes and greens,
And the cook would app...Read More

by Tzara, Tristan
...podrome of immortal guarantees: there is
no such thing as importance there is no transparence 
or appearance

BLIND MEN take the stage

THE SYRINGE is only for my understanding. I write because it is
natural exactly the way I piss the way I'm sick


Art is a PRETENSION warmed by the
TIMIDITY of the urinary basin, the hysteria born

We are in search of
the force that is direct pure sober 
UNIQUE we are ...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...round his head with all his might;
But bang! bang! goes the engine with a terrible crash,
And the car is dashed all to smash. 

But the breaking of the car stops the train,
And poor Carl's struggle is not in vain;
But, poor soul, he was found stark dead,
Crushed and mangled from foot to head! 

And the passengers were all loud in Carl's praise,
And from the cold wet ground they did him raise,
And tears for brave Carl fell silently around,
Because he had saved two hundred...Read More

by Betjeman, John
...t that man with double chin
Who'll always cheat and always win, 
Who washes his repulsive skin 
In women's tears: 

And smash his desk of polished oak
And smash his hands so used to stroke
And stop his boring dirty joke
And make him yell. 

But spare the bald young clerks who add
The profits of the stinking cad;
It's not their fault that they are mad, 
They've tasted Hell. 

It's not their fault they do not know 
The birdsong from the radio, 
It's not their fault they...Read More

by Rich, Adrienne
...ead as abnegation,
slattern thought styled intuition,
every lapse forgiven, our crime
only to cast too bold a shadow
or smash the mold straight off.
For that, solitary confinement,
tear gas, attrition shelling.
Few applicants for that honor.


she's long about her coming, who must be
more merciless to herself than history.
Her mind full to the wind, I see her plunge
breasted and glancing through the currents,
taking the light upon her
at least as be...Read More

by Aiken, Conrad
...and lean and change . . .
You, in a world grown strange,
Laugh at a darkness, clench your hands despairing,
Smash your glass on a floor, no longer caring,
Sink suddenly down and cry . . .
You hear the applause that greets your latest rival,
You are forgotten: your rival—who knows?—is I . . .
I laugh in the warm bright light of answering laughter,
I am inspired and young . . . and though I see
You sitting alone there, dark, with ...Read More

by Frost, Robert
...ever live on it again. 
It's too run down. This is the last of it. 
What I think he will do, is let things smash. 
He'll sort of swear the time away. He's awful! 
I never saw a man let family troubles 
Make so much difference in his man's affairs. 
He's just dropped everything. He's like a child. 
I blame his being brought up by his mother. 
He's got hay down that's been rained on three times. 
He hoed a little yesterday for me: 
I tho...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel

Men feed me straw and scanty grain 
And beat me till I'm sore. 
Some day I'll break the halter-rope 
And smash the stable-door, 

Run down the street and mount the hill 
Just as the corn appears. 
I've seen it rise at certain times 
For years and years and years. 

What the Hyena Said

The moon is but a golden skull, 
She mounts the heavens now, 
And Moon-Worms, mighty Moon-Worms 
Are wreathed around her brow. 

The Moon-Worms are a doughty race: 
...Read More

by Lawrence, D. H.
...d all your high opinion 
And all your ponderous roofed-in ******** of right and wrong 
Your particular heavens, 
With a smash. 

See if your skies aren't falling! 
And my head, at least, is thick enough to stand it, the smash. 

See if I don't move under a dark and nude, vast heaven 
When your world is in ruins, under your fallen skies. 
Caryatids, pale-faces. 
See if I am not Lord of the dark and moving hosts 
Before I die....Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...u again: Where do you get that
stuff; what do you know about Jesus?

Go ahead and bust all the chairs you want to. Smash
a whole wagon load of furniture at every performance.
Turn sixty somersaults and stand on your
nutty head. If it wasn't for the way you scare the
women and kids I'd feel sorry for you and pass the hat.
I like to watch a good four-flusher work, but not when
he starts people puking and calling for the doctors.
I like a man that's got nerv...Read More

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