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Famous Abel Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Gibran, Kahlil
...his brother man? If you deem it an honor, let it be an act of worship, and erect a temple to Cain who slew his brother Abel. 

Is self-preservation the first law of Nature? Why, then, does Greed urge you to self-sacrifice in order only to achieve his aim in hurting your brothers? Beware, my brother, of the leader who says, "Love of existence obliges us to deprive the people of their rights!" I say unto you but this: protecting others' rights is the noblest and most beaut...Read More

by Masters, Edgar Lee
...I bought every kind of machine that's known --
Grinders, shellers, planters, mowers,
Mills and rakes and ploughs and threshers --
And all of them stood in the rain and sun,
Getting rusted, warped and battered,
For I had no sheds to store them in,
And no use for most of them.
And toward the last, when I thought it over,
There by my window, growing clear...Read More

by Sassoon, Siegfried
‘Swift as a stag: a stallion of the plain,
‘Hungry and fierce with deeds of huge desire.’ 

Grimly he thought of Abel, soft and fair
A lover with disaster in his face,
And scarlet blossom twisted in bright hair.
‘Afraid to fight; was murder more disgrace?’
‘God always hated Cain’ He bowed his head
The gaunt wild man whose lovely sons were dead....Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...Cain and Abel were brothers born.
 (Koop-la! Come along, cows!)
One raised cattle and one raised corn.
 (Koop-la! Come along! Co-hoe!)

And Cain he farmed by the river-side,
So he did not care how much it dried.

For he banked, and he sluiced, and he ditched and he led
 (And the Corn don't care for the Horn)--
A-half Euphrates out of her bed
 To water his...Read More

by Bradstreet, Anne
...nd how she lost her bliss to be more wise,
84 Believing him that was and is Father of lies. 


85 Here Cain and Abel come to sacrifice,
86 Fruits of the Earth and Fatlings each do bring.
87 On Abel's gift the fire descends from Skies,
88 But no such sign on false Cain's offering.
89 With sullen hateful looks he goes his ways,
90 Hath thousand thoughts to end his brother's days,
91 Upon whose blood his future good he hopes to raise. 


92 There Abel kee...Read More

by Lowell, Robert
...g and close to fumbling all we had--
it is so dull and gruesome how we die,
unlike writing, life never finishes.
Abel was finished; death is not remote,
a flash-in-the-pan electrifies the skeptic,
his cows crowding like skulls against high-voltage wire,
his baby crying all night like a new machine.
As in our Bibles, white-faced, predatory,
the beautiful, mist-drunken hunter's moon ascends--
a child could give it a face: two holes, two holes,
my eyes, my mout...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...came a Great One, crowned 
 And garmented with conquest. Of the dead, 
 He rescued from us him who earliest died, 
 Abel, and our first parent. Here He found, 
 Abraham, obedient to the Voice he heard; 
 And Moses, first who wrote the Sacred Word; 
 Isaac, and Israel and his sons, and she, 
 Rachel, for whom he travailed; and David, king; 
 And many beside unnumbered, whom he led 
 Triumphant from the dark abodes, to be 
 Among the blest for ever. Until this thing...Read More

by Smart, Christopher

Let Metcalf, house of Metcalf rejoice with Holcus Wall-Barley -- God give grace to my adversaries to ask council of Abel. 

Let Graner, house of Graner rejoice with Hircules Bastard Nard. The Lord English Granier and his family. 

Let Cape, house of Cape rejoice with Orgament an herb. 

Let Oram, house of Oram rejoice with Halus an herb like unto Orgament. 

Let Sykes, house of Skyes rejoice with Hadrobolum a kind of sweet gum. 

Let Plumer, house ...Read More

by Hood, Thomas it some historic page, 
Of kings and crowns unstable?" 
The young boy gave an upward glance,-- 
"It is 'The Death of Abel.'"

The Usher took six hasty strides, 
As smit with sudden pain, -- 
Six hasty strides beyond the place, 
Then slowly back again; 
And down he sat beside the lad, 
And talked with him of Cain;

And, long since then, of bloody men, 
Whose deeds tradition saves; 
Of lonely folks cut off unseen, 
And hid in sudden graves; 
Of horrid stabs, in groves fo...Read More

by Masefield, John make one's belly ache, 
Or 'Nell and Roger at the Wake,' 
Or that sweet song, the talk in town, 
'The lady fair and Abel Brown.' 
'O, who's that knocking at the door,' 
Miss Bourne'll play the music score." 
The men stood dumb as cattle are, 
They grinned, but thought I'd gone too far, 
There come a hush and no one break it, 
They wondered how Miss Bourne would take it. 
She up to me with black eyes wide, 
She looked as though her spirit cried; 
She took my tu...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel
...d chiefs
And hate-inflaming drums.
Men talk of peace, but I have seen
That emery-wheel turn round.
The voice of Abel cries again
To God from out the ground.
The ditches must flow red, the plague
Go stark and screaming by
Each time that sword of God takes edge
Within the midnight sky.
And those that scorned their brothers here
And sowed a wind of shame
Will reap the whirlwind as of old
And face relentless flame."

And thus the scissors-grinder spoke,
His fa...Read More

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