COMPLEX POEMS

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Graduating From Childhood

I realized with trepidation
that you fast growing up.
Soon you, and many of your generation
will graduate from childhood
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David Carolissen

David Carolissen
The Barefoot Boy

Blessings on thee, little man,
Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!
With thy turned-up pantaloons,
And thy merry whistled tunes;
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
The Contretemps

A forward rush by the lamp in the gloom,
And we clasped, and almost kissed;
But she was not the woman whom
I had promised to meet in the thawing brume
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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy
Only Words... My Son

Yield to love; both a proper self-love
and a sincere love for others.
One that will do no harm to you or your neighbor,
both here and for eternity.
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David Carolissen

David Carolissen
In A Minor Key

(AN ECHO FROM A LARGER LYRE.)


That was love that I had before
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Amy Levy
Truth

Man, on the dubious waves of error toss'd,
His ship half founder'd, and his compass lost,
Sees, far as human optics may command,
A sleeping fog, and fancies it dry land;
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William Cowper

William Cowper
Here Comes

(a flip through BRIDE's)

The silver spoons
were warbling
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Erica Jong
Out Of The Watercolored Window, When You Look

When from the watercolored window idly you look
Each is but and clear to see, not steep:
So does the neat print in an actual book
Marching as if to true conclusion, reap
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Delmore Schwartz

Delmore Schwartz
Corn

To-day the woods are trembling through and through
With shimmering forms, that flash before my view,
Then melt in green as dawn-stars melt in blue.
The leaves that wave against my cheek caress
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Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier
Bel Canto

The sun is high, the seaside air is sharp,
And salty light reveals the Mayan School.
The Irish hope their names are on the harp,
We see the sheep's advertisement for wool,
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Kenneth Koch
Tortoise Shell

The Cross, the Cross
Goes deeper in than we know,
Deeper into life;
Right into the marrow
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D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence
Flies

I never kill a fly because
I think that what we have of laws
To regulate and civilize
Our daily life-we owe to flies.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Buttoo.

"Ho! Master of the wondrous art!
Instruct me in fair archery,
And buy for aye,--a grateful heart
That will not grudge to give thy fee."
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Toru Dutt
Our Purpose

What is our purpose?

Is it to sit in high back chairs
Shouting across a room that demands to be heard?
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Allon Lipshitz

Allon Lipshitz
Adulations Artful Aid

Some of us may be tall, ma'am;
Some of us may be dark;
Some handsome; tho' not all, ma'am,
Are touched by Beatury's spark.
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
Susie

My daughter Susie, aged two,
Apes me in every way,
For as my household chores I do
With brooms she loves to play.
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Robert William Service
A Brisbane Reverie

As I sit beside my little study window, looking down
From the heights of contemplation (attic front) upon the town
(Attic front, per week â?? with board, of course â?? a sov'reign and a crown);â??

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James Brunton Stephens
Things Of Great Worth Shall Come To Pass...

Things of great worth shall come to pass
By true foreknowledge and in fact,â??
Names worthier than mine in fame
And words which earned me men's esteem.
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Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak
Custer: Book Second

I

Oh, for the power to call to aid, of mine
Own humble Muse, the famed and sacred nine.
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
One Train May Hide Another

In a poem, one line may hide another line,
As at a crossing, one train may hide another train.
That is, if you are waiting to cross
The tracks, wait to do it for one moment at
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Kenneth Koch
Because I Would Not Admit

And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
-William Blake

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Erica Jong
Eureka - A Prose Poem (an Essay On The Material And Spiritual Universe)

It is with humility really unassumed, it is with a sentiment even of awe, that I pen the opening sentence of this work: for of all conceivable subjects I approach the reader with the most solemn, the most comprehensive, the most difficult, the most august.

What terms shall I find sufficiently simple in their sublimity -- sufficiently sublime in their simplicity, for the mere enunciation of my theme?

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe
Truth.

Pensantur trutinë¢--Hor. Lib. ii. Ep. 1.



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William Cowper

William Cowper
The Destiny Of Nations. A Vision.

Auspicious Reverence! Hush all meaner song,
Ere we the deep preluding strain have poured
To the Great Father, only Rightful King,
Eternal Father! King Omnipotent!
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Bothie Of Tober-na-vuolich - Ix

A Long-Vacation Pastoral


IX
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Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough
The Height Of Land

Here is the height of land:
The watershed on either hand
Goes down to Hudson Bay
Or Lake Superior;
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Duncan Campbell Scott
A Word Of Good Cheer

WHY thus mourn o'er star-hopes faded?
They are only from thy ken,
By a passing vapour shaded,
And will soon appear again:
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Joseph Skipsey
Praise

I praise you because
you are artist and scientist
in one. When I am somewhat
fearful of your power,
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Ronald Stuart Thomas
The Mystic Lyre

HEAVEN-GIFTED was the mortal, thrice-illum'ed by heaven's own fire,
A bard the chords of whose great soul to love and truth were strung,
Who deemed the mighty universe itself a seven-stringed lyre
From which at the Creator's touch the anthem, Life, is wrung.
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Joseph Skipsey
What Kind Of A Person

"What kind of a person are you," I heard them say to me.
I'm a person with a complex plumbing of the soul,
Sophisticated instruments of feeling and a system
Of controlled memory at the end of the twentieth century,
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Yehuda Amichai
From The Earth, A Cry

CAN the earth have a voice? Can the clods have speech,
To murmur and rail at the demigods?
Trample them! Grind their vulgar faces in the clay!

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John Boyle O'reilly
The Pleasures Of Imagination - The Second Book

When shall the laurel and the vocal string
Resume their honours? When shall we behold
The tuneful tongue, the Promethéan hand
Aspire to ancient praise? Alas! how faint,
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Mark Akenside

Mark Akenside
The Prelude - Book Twelfth

IMAGINATION AND TASTE, HOW IMPAIRED AND RESTORED

Long time have human ignorance and guilt
Detained us, on what spectacles of woe
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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
Sordello: Book The Third

And the font took them: let our laurels lie!
Braid moonfern now with mystic trifoly
Because once more Goito gets, once more,
Sordello to itself! A dream is o'er,
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
Seven Sonnets On The Thought Of Death 1

I

That children in their loveliness should die
Before the dawning beauty, which we know
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Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough
The Divine Comedy By Dante: The Vision Of Paradise: Canto Vii

"Hosanna Sanctus Deus Sabaoth
Superillustrans claritate tua
Felices ignes horum malahoth!"
Thus chanting saw I turn that substance bright
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Dante Alighieri
Annihilation

While the blue noon above us arches,
And the poplar sheds disconsolate leaves,
Tell me again why love bewitches,
And what love gives.
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Conrad Potter Aiken
Deprive This Strange And Complex World

Deprive this strange and complex world
Of all the charms of art;
Deprive it of those sweeter joys
Which music doth impart;
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Alfred Castner King
Man What Is He?

se, and yet
He who best can answer knoweth,
Answer true were hard to get.
Not the Sphinx in Egypt olden
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Joseph Skipsey
Tortoise Shell

The Cross, the Cross
Goes deeper in than we know,
Deeper into life;
Right into the marrow
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David Herbert Lawrence
What Is Man?

WHAT is man? The question floweth
From the lips with ease, and yet
He who best could answer knoweth
Answer true were hard to get:
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Joseph Skipsey
Simplicity

What I seek far yet seldom find
Is large simplicity of mind
In fellow men;
For I have sprouted from the sod,
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Susie

My daughter Susie, aged two,
Apes me in every way,
For as my household chores I do
With brooms she loves to play.
.....
Robert Service

Robert Service
Someone Is Harshly Coughing As Before

Someone is harshly coughing on the next floor,
Sudden excitement catching the flesh of his throat:
Who is the sick one?
Who will knock at the door,
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Delmore Schwartz

Delmore Schwartz
The Comedian As The Letter C: 06 - And Daughters With Curls

Portentous enunciation, syllable
To blessed syllable affined, and sound
Bubbling felicity in cantilene,
Prolific and tormenting tenderness
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Wallace Stevens
The Secret Combination

Her heart she locked fast in her breast,
Away from molestation;
The lock was warranted the best-
A patent combination.
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Ellis Parker Butler
As If A Lantern In Love Led

Like you I have
forgotten everything
spoken so far,
I knew the dinosaurs
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Amy King
I Love You, But A Sense Of Pain

I love you, but a sense of pain
Is in my heart and in my brain;
Now, when your voice and eyes are kind,
May I reveal my complex mind?
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Elizabeth Stoddard

Elizabeth Stoddard
Humanity's Stream

I stood upon a crowded thoroughfare,
Within a city's confines, where were met
All classes and conditions, and surveyed,
From a secluded niche or aperture,
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Alfred Castner King
The Waving Of The Corn

Ploughman, whose gnarly hand yet kindly wheeled
Thy plough to ring this solitary tree
With clover, whose round plat, reserved a-field,
In cool green radius twice my length may be-
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Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier