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Famous Ablest Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Marvell, Andrew
...ot vouchsafe a corn, 
To lavish the King's money more would scorn. 
Who hath no chimneys, to give all is best, 
And ablest Speaker, who of law has least; 
Who less estate, for Treasurer most fit, 
And for a couns'llor, he that has least wit. 
But the true cause was that, in's brother May, 
The Exchequer might the Privy Purse obey. 

But now draws near the Parliament's return; 
Hyde and the court again begin to mourn: 
Frequent in council, earnest in debate, 
All a...Read More

by Larkin, Philip is pain, to think
 This pantomime
Of compensating act and counter-act
Defeat and counterfeit, makes up, in fact
 My ablest time....Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...UNRESTRAINED ANGER.  What though the ablest artists of old timeLeft us the sculptured bust, the imaged formOf conq'ring Alexander, wrath o'ercameAnd made him for the while than Philip less?Wrath to such fury valiant Tydeus droveThat dying he devour'd his slaughter'd ...Read More

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
...d Fits,
And Dulness, born with him, wou'd lay
Upon thy accidental Sway; 
Because, sometimes, thou dost presume
Into the ablest Heads to come:
That, often, Men of Thoughts refin'd,
Impatient of unequal Sence,
Such slow Returns, where they so much dispense,
Retiring from the Croud, are to thy Shades inclin'd.
O'er me, alas! thou dost too much prevail:
I feel thy Force, whilst I against thee rail; 
I feel my Verse decay, and my crampt Numbers fail.
Thro' thy black Jaundi...Read More

by Lehman, David
...f our cage," 
though "perfectly, absolutely useless," was not to be 
dismissed. A. J. Ayer, one of Oxford's ablest minds, 
was puzzled. If logic cannot prove a nonsensical 
conclusion, why didn't Wittgenstein abandon it, 
"along with the rest of metaphysics, as not worth 
serious attention, except perhaps for sociologists"? 


Because God does not reveal himself in this world, and 
"the value of this work," Wittgenstein wrote, "is that 
it shows how li...Read More

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