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Famous Straddle Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Tebb, Barry
...in

Is long gone

Steel and concrete bones

Of a container base

Rise from the ruins.





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Wholesale markets

Straddle the fields

Of Snakey Lane

By the Red Road

By the Black Road.





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Footpaths unwalked

Are decked with weeds;

Factories for frozen foods

And car batteries

Edge the silence.





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The piggeries no more

Than corrugations

Of rust and wood

Sigh in the

Ravening wind.





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A tethered horse

Is pawing the tired grass

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by Whitman, Walt
...away flies with the tremulous shuddering of their
 hides;
Where the cheese-cloth hangs in the kitchen—where andirons straddle the
 hearth-slab—where cobwebs fall in festoons from the rafters; 
Where trip-hammers crash—where the press is whirling its cylinders; 
Wherever the human heart beats with terrible throes under its ribs; 
Where the pear-shaped balloon is floating aloft, (floating in it myself, and
 looking composedly down;) 
Where the life-car is drawn on the ...Read more of this...

by Parker, Dorothy
...clank
I'd howl with glee and drink,
And then fling out the quivering plank
And watch the beggars sink.

I'd like to straddle gory decks,
And dig in laden sands,
And know the feel of throbbing necks
Between my knotted hands.
Oh, I should like to strut and curse
Among my blackguard crew....
But I am writing little verse,
As little ladies do.

Oh, I should like to dance and laugh
And pose and preen and sway,
And rip the hearts of men in half,
And toss...Read more of this...

by Plath, Sylvia
...knight,
Helmed, in cuirass,

Unhorsed and shredded in the grove of combat
By a grisly-bristled
Boar, fabulous enough to straddle that sow's heat.

But our farmer whistled,
Then, with a jocular fist thwacked the barrel nape,
And the green-copse-castled

Pig hove, letting legend like dried mud drop,
Slowly, grunt
On grunt, up in the flickering light to shape

A monument
Prodigious in gluttonies as that hog whose want
Made lean Lent

Of kitchen slops and, stomaching no const...Read more of this...

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