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Famous Short Truth Poems. Short Truth Poetry by Famous Poets

Famous Short Truth Poems. Short Truth Poetry by Famous Poets. A collection of the all-time best Truth short poems

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by Robert Herrick

TRUTH AND ERROR

 Twixt truth and error, there's this difference known
Error is fruitful, truth is only one.


by Emily Dickinson

Love is done when Loves begun

 Love is done when Love's begun,
Sages say,
But have Sages known?
Truth adjourn your Boon
Without Day.


by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Summa

 The best ideal is the true 
And other truth is none.
All glory be ascrib?d to The holy Three in One.


by Emily Dickinson

Opinion is a flitting thing

 Opinion is a flitting thing,
But Truth, outlasts the Sun --
If then we cannot own them both --
Possess the oldest one --


by Friedrich von Schiller

Participation

 E'en by the hand of the wicked can truth be working with vigor;
But the vessel is filled by what is beauteous alone.


by David Herbert Lawrence

The Deepest Sensuality

 The profoundest of all sensualities
is the sense of truth
and the next deepest sensual experience
is the sense of justice.


by Roger McGough

Kinetic poem no.2

 with love
give me your hand
some stranger
is fiction than truth

without love
I'm justa has
been away
too long in the tooth.


by Ogden Nash

The Dog

 The truth I do not stretch or shove
When I state that the dog is full of love.
I've also found, by actual test, A wet dog is the lovingest.


by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE SOLDIERS CONSOLATION.

 No! in truth there's here no lack:
White the bread, the maidens black!
To another town, next night:
Black the bread, the maidens white!

 1815.
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by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sacrifice

THOUGH love repine and reason chafe  
There came a voice without reply ¡ª 
'T is man's perdition to be safe, 
When for the truth he ought to die.


by William Butler Yeats

The Coming Of Wisdom With Time

 Though leaves are many, the root is one;
Through all the lying days of my youth
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
Now I may wither into the truth.


by David Herbert Lawrence

Search for Truth

 Search for nothing any more, nothing
except truth.
Be very still, and try and get at the truth.
And the first question to ask yourself is: How great a liar am I?


by Paul Eluard

The Nakedness of Truth (I know it well)

 Despair has no wings,
Nor has love,
No countenance:
They do not speak.
I do not stir, I do not behold them, I do not speak to them, But I am as real as my love and my despair.


by William Butler Yeats

A Drinking Song

 Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and I sigh.


by Emily Dickinson

Truth -- is as old as God --

 Truth -- is as old as God --
His Twin identity
And will endure as long as He
A Co-Eternity --

And perish on the Day
Himself is borne away
From Mansion of the Universe
A lifeless Deity.


by Emily Dickinson

Extol thee -- could I? Then I will

 Extol thee -- could I? Then I will
By saying nothing new --
But just the truest truth
That thou art heavenly.
Perceiving thee is evidence That we are of the sky Partaking thee a guaranty Of immortality


by Arthur Hugh Clough

With Whom is no Variableness Neither Shadow of Turning

 It fortifies my soul to know
That, though I perish, Truth is so:
That, howsoe'er I stray and range,
Whate'er I do, Thou dost not change.
I steadier step when I recall That, if I slip, Thou dost not fall.


by Stephen Crane

Mystic shadow bending near me

 Mystic shadow, bending near me,
Who art thou?
Whence come ye?
And -- tell me -- is it fair
Or is the truth bitter as eaten fire?

Tell me!
Fear not that I should quaver.
For I dare -- I dare.
Then, tell me!


by Edith Nesbit

Appeal

 Daphnis dearest, wherefore weave me
Webs of lies lest truth should grieve me?
I could pardon much, believe me:
Dower me, Daphnis, or bereave me,
Kiss me, kill me, love me, leave me,-
Damn me, dear, but don't deceive me!


by Emily Dickinson

A Counterfeit -- a Plated Person --

 A Counterfeit -- a Plated Person --
I would not be --
Whatever strata of Iniquity
My Nature underlie --
Truth is good Health -- and Safety, and the Sky.
How meagre, what an Exile -- is a Lie, And Vocal -- when we die --


by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

MY ONLY PROPERTY.

 I FEEL that I'm possess'd of nought,
Saving the free unfetterd thought

Which from my bosom seeks to flow,
And each propitious passing hour
That suffers me in all its power

A loving fate with truth to know.
1814.


by Emily Dickinson

Consulting summers clock

 Consulting summer's clock,
But half the hours remain.
I ascertain it with a shock -- I shall not look again.
The second half of joy Is shorter than the first.
The truth I do not dare to know I muffle with a jest.


by Odysseus Elytis

FRIDAY 10c

LATE MIDNIGHT my room is moving in the
neighborhood shining like an emerald.
Someone searches it, but truth eludes him constantly.
How to imagine that it is placed lower Much lower That death too, has its own Red sea.
"


by Ben Jonson

On the Union


V.
 ? ON THE UNION.
  
When was there contract better driven by fate,
Or celebrated with more truth of state ?
The world the temple was, the priest a king,
The spoused pair two realms, the sea the ring.


by Emily Dickinson

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant --

 Tell all the Truth but tell it slant --
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind --


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