IRONY POEMS

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The Printing Machine

It begins at the brink of the dawn,
with the sound of chrring printing machine.
Chrring bloody scenes into bold black ink and we drink to that ink that make our stomach sink yet the machine harps happily.
and there goes the busy printing machine louder and louder, More louder than the screams of a woman screaming for help in a warehouse while she was raped, brutally but the fair and lovely ad gets more space snootily and strangly we go on reading the newspaper with our daily cup of tea perpetually.
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Riya Saluja

Riya Saluja
Irony

An arid daylight shines along the beach
Dried to a grey monotony of tone,
And stranded jelly-fish melt soft upon
The sun-baked pebbles, far beyond their reach
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
The Princess (part 7)

So was their sanctuary violated,
So their fair college turned to hospital;
At first with all confusion: by and by
Sweet order lived again with other laws:
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Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Sentence Of John L. Brown

Ho! thou who seekest late and long
A License from the Holy Book
For brutal lust and fiendish wrong,
Man of the Pulpit, look!
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
Preface

A book which needs to be written is one dealing
with the childhood of authors. It would be
not only interesting, but instructive; not merely
profitable in a general way, but practical in a
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Hilda Conkling

Hilda Conkling
Verses On The Death Of Dr. Swift, D.s.p.d.

Dans l'adversité de nos meilleurs amis
nous trouvons quelque chose, qui ne nous déplaît pas.


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Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift
Moesta Et Errabunda (grieving And Wandering)

Dis-moi ton coeur parfois s'envole-t-il, Agathe,
Loin du noir océan de l'immonde cité
Vers un autre océan où la splendeur éclate,
Bleu, clair, profond, ainsi que la virginité?
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Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire
The Revealer

(ROOSEVELT)

He turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and
behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
The Butchers At Prayer

Each nation as it draws the sword
And flings its standard to the air
Petitions piously the Lord-
Vexing the void abyss with prayer.
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Don Marquis

Don Marquis
Ars Poetica?

I have always aspired to a more spacious form
that would be free from the claims of poetry or prose
and would let us understand each other without exposing
the author or reader to sublime agonies.
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Czeslaw Milosz
Late Summer

(Alcaics)

Confused, he found her lavishing feminine
Gold upon clay, and found her inscrutable;
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
The Jacquerie: A Fragment: Chapter I

Once on a time, a Dawn, all red and bright
Leapt on the conquered ramparts of the Night,
And flamed, one brilliant instant, on the world,
Then back into the historic moat was hurled
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Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier
Marginalia

Sometimes the notes are ferocious,
skirmishes against the author
raging along the borders of every page
in tiny black script.
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Billy Collins
The Tale Of The Tiger Tree

A Fantasy, dedicated to the little poet Alice Oliver
Henderson, ten years old.

The Fantasy shows how tiger-hearts are the cause of war in
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Vachel Lindsay

Vachel Lindsay
Pain

She heard the children playing in the sun,
And through her window saw the white-stemmed trees
Sway like a film of silver in the breeze
Under the purple hills; and one by one
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Harriet Monroe

Harriet Monroe
Dark Night



Dang! it's night again
how will i sleep?
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Victor Ewan

Victor Ewan
Merlin Vi

“No kings are coming on their hands and knees,
Nor yet on horses or in chariots,
To carry me away from you again,”
Said Merlin, winding around Vivian's ear
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Irony

Always, sweetheart,
Carry into your room the blossoming boughs of cherry,
Almond and apple and pear diffuse with light, that very
Soon strews itself on the floor; and keep the radiance of spring
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D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence
Irony

ALL night a great wind blew across the land,
Come fresh from wild and salty seas,
With many voices loud and low
Appealing to the sympathies
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Roderic Quinn
The Judgement Of England

'Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey
Where Wealth accumulates and Men decay.'
So rang of old the noble voice in vain
O'er the Last Peasants wandering on the plain,
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Irony

Always, sweetheart,
Carry into your room the blossoming boughs of cherry,
Almond and apple and pear diffuse with light, that very
Soon strews itself on the floor; and keep the radiance of spring
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David Herbert Lawrence
The Living Dead

Since I have come to years sedate
I see with more and more acumen
The bitter irony of Fate,
The vanity of all things human.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
The Man Who Could Write

Shun -- shun the Bowl! That fatal, facile drink
Has ruined many geese who dipped their quills in 't;
Bribe, murder, marry, but steer clear of Ink
Save when you write receipts for paid-up bills in 't.
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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
His Mate

IT MAY have been a fragment of that higher
Truth dreams, at times, disclose;
It may have been to Fond Illusion nigherâ??
But thus the story goes:
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Victor James Daley
Hermann And Dorothea - Ix. Urania

CONCLUSION.

O YE Muses, who gladly favour a love that is heartfelt,
Who on his way the excellent youth have hitherto guided,
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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Fate

Alas, alas, for the tourist's guide!
He turned from the beaten trail aside,
Wandered bewildered, lay down and died.

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Ambrose Bierce
On The Promenade

O joyous idler in the sun,
In pity slacken here thy pace!
A lad, whose course is nearly run,
Is watching thee with wistful face.
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John L. Stoddard

John L. Stoddard
The Curate's Kindness - A Workhouse Irony

I

I thought they'd be strangers aroun' me,
But she's to be there!
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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy
Mutton

In the everlasting summer, when the town is limp with heat,
and the asphalt of the footpath curls your boots and burns your feet:
When you're creased and crabbed and sodden, and can hardly raise a crawl,
And the persperation's drippin' in a constant waterfall;
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
Marriage

This institution,
perhaps one should say enterprise
out of respect for which
one says one need not change one's mind
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Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore
The Ghetto

I

Cool, inaccessible air
Is floating in velvety blackness shot with steel-blue lights,
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Lola Ridge
Why Did I Sketch

Why did I sketch an upland green,
And put the figure in
Of one on the spot with me? -
For now that one has ceased to be seen
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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy
A Wife In London (december, 1899)

I--The Tragedy

She sits in the tawny vapour
   That the City lanes have uprolled,
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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy
Painted Head

By dark severance the apparition head
Smiles from the air a capital on no
Column or a Platonic perhaps head
On a canvas sky depending from nothing;
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John Crowe Ransom
A Southern Night

The sandy spits, the shore-lock'd lakes,
Melt into open, moonlit sea;
The soft Mediterranean breaks
At my feet, free.
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Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold
Five Critcisms

I.

(_On many recent novels by the conventional unconventionalists_.)

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Alfred Noyes

Alfred Noyes
The Tale Of The Tiger-tree

A Fantasy, dedicated to the little poet Alice Oliver Henderson, ten years old.

The Fantasy shows how tiger-hearts are the cause of war in all ages. It shows how the mammoth forces may be either friends or enemies of the struggle for peace. It shows how the dream of peace is unconquerable and eternal.

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Vachel Lindsay

Vachel Lindsay
Percival Sharp

Observe the clasped hands!
Are they hands of farewell or greeting,
Hands that I helped or hands that helped me?
Would it not be well to carve a hand
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Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters
The Nevers Of Poetry

Never say aught in verse, or grave or gay,
That you in prose would hesitate to say.
Never in rhyme pretend to tears, unless
True feeling sheds them in unfeigned distress;
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Charles Harpur
Brother And Sister

I.

I cannot choose but think upon the time
When our two lives grew like two buds that kiss
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George Eliot
That This Should Feel The Need Of Death

1112

That this should feel the need of Death
The same as those that lived
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
L'héautontimorouménos (the Man Who Tortures Himself)

L'Héautontimorouménos
Je te frapperai sans colère
Et sans haine, comme un boucher,
Comme Moïse le rocher
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Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire
The Bread Of Angels

AT that lost hour disowned of day and night,
The after-birth of midnight, when life's face
Turns to the wall and the last lamp goes out
Before the incipient irony of dawn --
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Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton
Essay On Psychiatrists

I. Invocation

Itâ??s crazy to think one could describe themâ??
Calling on reason, fantasy, memory, eves and earsâ??
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Robert Pinsky
Effigy Of A Nun

Infinite gentleness, infinite irony
Are in this face with fast-sealed eyes,
And round this mouth that learned in loneliness
How useless their wisdom is to the wise.
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Sara Teasdale
Leonardo's 'monna Lisa'

MAKE thyself known, Sibyl, or let despair
Of knowing thee be absolute; I wait
Hour-long and waste a soul. What word of fate
Hides 'twixt the lips which smile and still forbear?
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Edward Dowden
And There Was A Great Calm

I

There had been years of Passion scorching, cold,
And much Despair, and Anger heaving high,
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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy
The Bothie Of Tober-na-vuolich - V

A Long-Vacation Pastoral


V
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Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough
Merlin Iii

King Arthur, as he paced a lonely floor
That rolled a muffled echo, as he fancied,
All through the palace and out through the world,
Might now have wondered hard, could he have heard
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
My Husbands

My first I wed when just sixteen
And he was sixty-five.
He treated me like any queen
The years he was alive.
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Robert Service

Robert Service