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Famous Sputter Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Service, Robert William the firin' line:
(Whee! Whut! Ziz! Zut!
 Lord! 'ow the bullets whine!)
Hunkerin' down when a star-shell
 Cracks in a sputter of light,
You can jaw to yer soul by the sandbags
 Most any old time o' night.

They talks o' England's glory and a-'oldin' of our trade,
 Of Empire and 'igh destiny until we're fair flim-flammed;
But if it's for the likes o' that that bloody war is made,
 Then wot I say is: Empire and 'igh destiny be damned!
There's only one good cause, Bill, fo...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl, and ready,
So to have clean hands:
 God, it is something,
 One day of life so
 And a memory fastened till the stars sputter out
 And a love washed as white linen in the noon drying.
Yes, go find the men of clean hands one day and see the life, the memory, the love they have, to stay longer than the plunging sea wets the shores or the fires heave under the crust of the earth.
O yes, clean hands is the chant and only one man knows its sob and its undersong and he di...Read More

by Duhamel, Denise
...screen, bumping Shirley with her hip
so that child actress slid out of frame, into the tubes
and wires that made the TV sputter when I turned it on.
Sometimes when I watched, I'd see Crater Face
tap-dancing with tall black men whose eyes
looked shiny, like the whites of hard-boiled eggs.
I'd try to imagine that her block was full
of friendly folk, with a lighthouse or goats
running in the street.
 It was my way of praying,
my way of un-imagining the Drano pellets
...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...NANCY HANKS dreams by the fire;
Dreams, and the logs sputter,
And the yellow tongues climb.
Red lines lick their way in flickers.
Oh, sputter, logs.
 Oh, dream, Nancy.
Time now for a beautiful child.
Time now for a tall man to come....Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...ce and laugh at the cost.

The ovens light a red dome.
Spools of fire wind and wind.
Quadrangles of crimson sputter.
The lashes of dying maroon let down.
Fire and wind wash out the slag.
Forever the slag gets washed in fire and wind.
The anthem learned by the steel is:
 Do this or go hungry.
Look for our rust on a plow.
Listen to us in a threshing-engine razz.
Look at our job in the running wagon wheat.

Fire and wind wash at the sl...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...yells defiance
at the red-eyed eagle, and in his ears are the bells of new philosophies,
and their tinkling drowns the sputter of the burning sword. He 
"God damn you! When you are broken, the word will strike 
out new shoots."
His boots are tight, the sun is hot, and he may 
be shot, but he is in
the shoulder of the worm.

A dust speck in the worm's belly is a poet.
He laughs at the flaring eagle and makes a long 
nose with his fingers.
He will ...Read More

by Browning, Robert
A pause, while the pit's mouth was troubled,
The blackness and silence so utter,
By the firework's slow sparkling and sputter;
Then earth in a sudden contortion
Gave out to our gaze her abortion.
Such a brute! Were I friend Clement Marot
(Whose experience of nature's but narrow,
And whose faculties move in no small mist
When he versifies David the Psalmist)
I should study that brute to describe you
_Illim Juda Leonem de Tribu_.
One's whole blood grew curdling and cr...Read More

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