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Famous Snatches Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Markham, Edwin mourning doves about her head, 
Sat rocking on an ancient road of Hell, 
Withered and eyeless, chanting to the moon 
Snatches of song they sang to her of old 
Upon the lighted roofs of Nineveh. 
And then her voice rang out with rattling laugh: 
"The bugles! they are crying back again-- 
Bugles that broke the nights of Babylon, 
And then went crying on through Nineveh. 
....................<...Read More

by Thomson, James
...nite; and every star,
Which the clear concave of a winter's night
Pours on the eye, or astronomic tube,
Far-stretching, snatches from the dark abyss,
Or such as farther in successive skies
To fancy shine alone, at his approach
Blaz'd into suns, the living centre each
Of an harmonious system: all combin'd,
And rul'd unerring by that single power,
Which draws the stone projected to the ground. 

O unprofuse magnificence divine!
O wisdom truly perfect! thus to call
From a fe...Read More

by Gregory, Rg
of dust bristling the floor
scurrying like the dried-up 
bones of mice to the hole
in the crumbling wall
something snatches our voices
away from us too quickly
for our voices to be all

nonsense the house is dead
it can't harm us old bricks and wood
you're letting the darkness go to your head
shout if you don't believe us shout
 if anybody's there
 if anybody's there
 you won't get us afraid of you
 whoever you are
 whoever you are
 this is what we think of you
 boo boo ...Read More

by Spenser, Edmund
...secret darke, that none reproves, 360 
Their prety stealthes shal worke, and snares shal spread 
To filch away sweet snatches of delight, 
Conceald through covert night. 
Ye sonnes of Venus, play your sports at will! 
For greedy pleasure, carelesse of your toyes, 365 
Thinks more upon her paradise of joyes, 
Then what ye do, albe it good or ill. 
All night therefore attend your merry play, 
For it will soone be day: 
Now none doth hinder you, that say or si...Read More

by Ginsberg, Allen 
 on the wall with a vision of ultimate **** and 
 come eluding the last gyzym of consciousness, 
who sweetened the snatches of a million girls trembling 
 in the sunset, and were red eyed in the morning 
 but prepared to sweeten the snatch of the sun 
 rise, flashing buttocks under barns and naked 
 in the lake, 
who went out whoring through Colorado in myriad 
 stolen night-cars, N.C., secret hero of these 
 poems, cocksman and Adonis of Denver--joy 
 to the mem...Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)
...rty and charging high
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all 
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, 
That this was all folly.

Then at dawn we came down to a 
 temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of 
With a running stream and a water-mill
 beating the darkness,
And three trees on the low sky,
And an old white horse galloped in 
 away in the meadow.
Then we came to ...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...ingly it hung! 
But yet the sword instinctively retains, 
Though from its fellow shrink the falling reins; 
These Kaled snatches: dizzy with the blow, 
And senseless bending o'er his saddle-bow 
Perceives not Lara that his anxious page 
Beguiles his charger from the combat's rage: 
Meantime his followers charge and charge again; 
Too mix'd the slayers now to heed the slain! 


Day glimmers on the dying and the dead, 
The cloven cuirass, and the helmless head; 
The w...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...uch fine lead soldiers to enjoy.

Tommy catches his toe in the leg of the wash-stand, and jars the 
He snatches at it with his hands, but it is too late. The 
pitcher falls,
and as it goes, he sees the white water flow over its lip. It 
between his fingers and crashes to the floor. But it 
is not water which oozes
to the door. The stain is glutinous and dark, a spark 
from the firelight
heads it to red. In and out, between the fine, ...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...w the unraked walks. Fallen flowers 
for a fallen Emperor!
The General in charge of him draws back and watches. Snatches 
of music --
snarling, sneering music of bagpipes. They say a Scotch 
is besieging Saint-Denis. The Emperor wipes his face, 
or is it his eyes.
His tired eyes which see nowhere the grace they long for. Josephine!
Somebody asks him a question, he does not answer, somebody else 
does that.
There are voices, but one voice h...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...Over and over, like a Tune --
The Recollection plays --
Drums off the Phantom Battlements
Cornets of Paradise --

Snatches, from Baptized Generations --
Cadences too grand
But for the Justified Processions
At the Lord's Right hand....Read More

by Schwartz, Delmore
...e bush, and a startled
 pheasant, flying out and up,
Suddenly astonished me, breaking the waking dream.

Last night
Snatches of sleep, streaked by dreams and half dreams
- So that, aloft in the dim sky, for almost an hour,
A sausage balloon - chalk-white and lifeless looking--
 floated motionless
Until, at midnight, I went to New Bedlam and saw what I
 the most - I heard nothing, but it
 had all happened several times elsewhere.

Now, in the cold glittering mo...Read More

by Spenser, Edmund
...And in the secret darke, that none reproues,
Their prety stealthes shal worke, & snares shal spread
To filch away sweet snatches of delight,
Conceald through couert night.
Ye sonnes of Venus, play your sports at will,
For greedy pleasure, carelesse of your toyes,
Thinks more vpon her paradise of ioyes,
Then what ye do, albe it good or ill.
All night therefore attend your merry play,
For it will soone be day:
Now none doth hinder you, that say or sing,
Ne will the wood...Read More

by Nash, Ogden
...word of; I want to refrain but cannot refrain from telling the same audience on two successive evenings the same little snatches of domestic gossip about people I used to know that they have never heard of. When I remember some titlating episode of my childhood I figure that if it's worth narrating once it's worth narrating twice, in spite of lackluster eyes and dropping jaws, And indeed I have now worked my way backward from titllating episodes in my own childhood to tit...Read More

by Hardy, Thomas
And now his ploughshare rusts. 
So savage winter catches 
The breath of limber things, 
And what I love he snatches, 
And what I love not, brings....Read More

by Lanier, Sidney
"There is none betwixt me and the crag-top!" he screams under breath.
Then, livid as Lazarus lately from death,
He snatches the child from the mother, and clambers the crag toward the sea.

Now the mother drops breath; she is dumb, and her heart goes dead for a space,
Till the motherhood, mistress of death, shrieks, shrieks through the glen,
And that place of the lashing is live with men,
And Maclean, and the gillie that told him, dash up in a desperate race.

No...Read More

by Yeats, William Butler
And pondered in a soft vain mood
Upon their shadows in the tide,
And told the purple deeps their pride,
And murmured snatches of delight;
And on the shores were many boats
With bending sterns and bending bows,
And carven figures on their prows
Of bitterns, and fish-eating stoats,
And swans with their exultant throats:
And where the wood and waters meet
We tied the horse in a leafy clump,
And Niamh blew three merry notes
Out of a little silver trump;
And then an answering w...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...Spirits there
To let her join their chorus. Mortals found
That on those days the sky was calm and fair,
And mystic snatches of harmonious sound
Wandered upon the earth where'er she passed,
And happy thoughts of hope, too sweet to last.

But her choice sport was, in the hours of sleep,
To glide adown old Nilus, where he threads
Egypt and Ethiopia from the steep
Of utmost Axume until he spreads,
Like a calm flock of silver-fleeced sheep,
His waters on the plain,--and c...Read More

by Tebb, Barry
...ed tints for Nocturnes’ nuances or shade

Or Hokusai tipped every wave crest.

You pause when down the hall a cat snatches at a forbidden plant,

“Schubert, Schubert”, you whisper urgently for it is night and there are neighbours.

The whistle of the forgotten kettle shrills: you turn down the gas

And scurry back to your poem as you would to a sick child

And ease the pain of disordered lines.

The face of your mother smiles like a Madonna bereft

And the faces...Read More

by Bishop, Elizabeth
...niforms of Air Force blue
is playing hard and loud, but--*****--
the music doesn't quite come through.

It comes in snatches, dim then keen,
then mute, and yet there is no breeze.
The giant trees stand in between.
I think the trees must intervene,

catching the music in their leaves
like gold-dust, till each big leaf sags.
Unceasingly the little flags
feed their limp stripes into the air,
and the band's efforts vanish there.

Great shades, edge over,
give ...Read More

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