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Famous Smeary Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Service, Robert William
...nge to say it is my plan,
What gifts I have, to lavish
Upon a simple working man

For that's the rather smeary name,
Of dreary toil a hinter,
That heads the galley proofs that came
This morning from my printer;
My patient pencil much they need,
Yet how my eyes they ravish,
As at the top of each I read:

Who is the meek and modest man,
Who puffs no doubt a pipe,
And has my manuscript to scan,
And put in magic type?
Somehow I'm glad that he is no...Read More

by Service, Robert William

Oh, it isn't cheerful to see a man, the marvellous work of God,
Crushed in the mutilation mill, crushed to a smeary clod;
Oh, it isn't cheerful to hear him moan; but it isn't that I mind,
It isn't the anguish that goes with him, it's the anguish he leaves behind.
For his going opens a tragic door that gives on a world of pain,
And the death he dies, those who live and love, will die again and again.

So here I am at my cards once more, but it's kind of spoi...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...self alive;
Who's up against the real thing from his birth;
 Whose heritage is hard and bitter toil;
I voice the weary, smeary ones of earth,
 The helots of the sea and of the soil.

I'm the Steinway of strange mischief and mischance;
 I'm the Stradivarius of blank defeat;
In the down-world, when the devil leads the dance,
 I am simply and symbolically meet;
I'm the irrepressive spirit of mankind;
 I'm the small boy playing knuckle down with Death;
At the end of all thing...Read More

by Service, Robert William

Stranger than any book I've ever read.
 Here on the reeking battlefield I lie,
Under the stars, propped up with smeary dead,
 Like too, if no one takes me in, to die.
Hit on the arms, legs, liver, lungs and gall;
 Damn glad there's nothing more of me to hit;
But calm, and feeling never pain at all,
 And full of wonder at the turn of it.
For of the dead around me three are mine,
 Three foemen vanquished in the whirl of fight;
So if I die I have no right to whin...Read More

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