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Famous Subtracted Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Popa, Vasko
Pure and round like the sun
But alone very much alone

It began to reckon with itself

It divided multiplied itself
It subtracted added itself
And remained always alone

It stopped reckoning with itself
And shut itself up in its round
And sunny purity

Outside were left the fiery
Traces of its reckoning

They began to chase each other through the dark
To divide when they should have multiplied themselves
To subtract when they should have added themselves

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