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Best Famous Patriotic Poems

Here is a collection of the all-time best famous Patriotic poems. This is a select list of the best famous Patriotic poetry. Reading, writing, and enjoying famous Patriotic poetry (as well as classical and contemporary poems) is a great past time. These top poems are the best examples of patriotic poems.

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by Siegfried Sassoon | |

Lamentations

 I found him in the guard-room at the Base.
From the blind darkness I had heard his crying And blundered in.
With puzzled, patient face A sergeant watched him; it was no good trying To stop it; for he howled and beat his chest.
And, all because his brother had gone west, Raved at the bleeding war; his rampant grief Moaned, shouted, sobbed, and choked, while he was kneeling Half-naked on the floor.
In my belief Such men have lost all patriotic feeling.


by Elizabeth Jennings | |

A Performance Of Henry V At Stratford-Upon-Avon

 Nature teaches us our tongue again
And the swift sentences came pat.
I came Into cool night rescued from rainy dawn.
And I seethed with language - Henry at Harfleur and Agincourt came apt for war In Ireland and the Middle East.
Here was The riddling and right tongue, the feeling words Solid and dutiful.
Aspiring hope Met purpose in "advantages" and "He That fights with me today shall be my brother.
" Say this is patriotic, out of date.
But you are wrong.
It never is too late For nights of stars and feet that move to an Iambic measure; all who clapped were linked, The theatre is our treasury and too, Our study, school-room, house where mercy is Dispensed with justice.
Shakespeare has the mood And draws the music from the dullest heart.
This is our birthright, speeches for the dumb And unaccomplished.
Henry has the words For grief and we learn how to tell of death With dignity.
"All was as cold" she said "As any stone" and so, we who lacked scope For big or little deaths, increase, grow up To purposes and means to face events Of cruelty, stupidity.
I walked Fast under stars.
The Avon wandered on "Tomorrow and tomorrow".
Words aren't worn Out in this place but can renew our tongue, Flesh out our feeling, make us apt for life.


by Robert Desnos | |

Cascade

 What sort of arrow split the sky and this rock?
It's quivering, spreading like a peacock's fan
Like the mist around the shaft and knot less feathers
Of a comet come to nest at midnight.
How blood surges from the gaping wound, Lips already silencing murmur and cry.
One solemn finger holds back time, confusing The witness of the eyes where the deed is written.
Silence? We still know the passwords.
Lost sentinels far from the watch fires We smell the odor of honeysuckle and surf Rising in the dark shadows.
Distance, let dawn leap the void at last, And a single beam of light make a rainbow on the water Its quiver full of reeds, Sign of the return of archers and patriotic songs.


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by Emily Dickinson | |

There is a word

 There is a word
Which bears a sword
Can pierce an armed man --
It hurls its barbed syllables
And is mute again --
But where it fell
The saved will tell
On patriotic day,
Some epauletted Brother
Gave his breath away.
Wherever runs the breathless sun -- Wherever roams the day -- There is its noiseless onset -- There is its victory! Behold the keenest marksman! The most accomplished shot! Time's sublimest target Is a soul "forgot!"