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Famous Acknowledging Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
...AMONG the men and women, the multitude, 
I perceive one picking me out by secret and divine signs, 
Acknowledging none else—not parent, wife, husband, brother, child, any nearer than I
Some are baffled—But that one is not—that one knows me. 

Ah, lover and perfect equal!
I meant that you should discover me so, by my faint indirections; 
And I, when I meet you, mean to discover you by the like in you....Read More

by Ashbery, John
We take this into account! Is the puckered garance satin
Of a case that once held a brace of dueling pistols our 
Only acknowledging of that color? I like not this,
Methinks, yet this disappointing sequel to ourselves
Has been applauded in London and St. Petersburg. Somewhere
Ravens pray for us." The storm finished brewing. And thus
She questioned all who came in at the great gate, but none
She found who ever heard of Amadis,
Nor of stern Aureng-Zebe, his fir...Read More

by Hacker, Marilyn
...s decade
of friendship, and some months of something new.

A long week before either of us said
a compromising word acknowledging
what happened every night in the brass bed

and every bird-heralded blue morning
was something we could claim and keep and use;
was, like the house, a place where we could bring

our road-worn, weary selves.
Now, we've a pause
in a year we wouldn't have wagered on.
Dusk climbs the tiled roof opposite; the blue's

still sun-soaked; it's ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...alian music in Dakota. 

While Nature, sovereign of this gnarl’d realm, 
Lurking in hidden barbaric grim recesses, 
Acknowledging rapport however far remov’d,
(As some old root or soil of earth its last-born flower or fruit,) 
Listens well pleas’d....Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...ndered; and the reason for it was,
Partly, a slowly freezing Santa Claus
Upon the corner, with his beard and bell.

Acknowledging an improvident surprise,
He magnified a fancy that he wished
The friend whom he had wrecked were here again.
Not sure of that, he found a compromise;
And from the fulness of his heart he fished
A dime for Jesus who had died for men....Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...Gawaine? Ask why, and answer.” 

Two men of an elected eminence, 
They stood for a time silent. Then Gawaine, 
Acknowledging the ghost of what was gone,
Put out his hand: “Rather, I say, why ask? 
If I be not the friend of Lancelot, 
May I be nailed alive along the ground 
And emmets eat me dead. If I be not 
The friend of Lancelot, may I be fried
With other liars in the pans of hell. 
What item otherwise of immolation 
Your Darkness may invent, be it mine to...Read More

by Ashbery, John
...paintings or
Doggerel written by mature poets when
The explosion is so precise, so fine.
Is there any point even in acknowledging
The existence of all that? Does it
Exist? Certainly the leisure to
Indulge stately pastimes doesn't,
Any more. Today has no margins, the event arrives
Flush with its edges, is of the same substance,
Indistinguishable. "Play" is something else;
It exists, in a society specifically
Organized as a demonstration of itself.
There is no o...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...of our necessity 
Confronts a Tyrian heritage. 

Equipped with unobscured intent 
He smiles with lions at the gate,
Acknowledging the compliment 
Like one familiar with his fate; 
The lions, having time to wait, 
Perceive a small cloud in the skies, 
Whereon they look, disconsolate,
With scared, reactionary eyes. 

A shadow falls upon the land,— 
They sniff, and they are like to roar; 
For they will never understand 
What they have never seen before.
They march in...Read More

by Hopkins, Gerard Manley
...ike fountain flow 
From thy hand out, swayed about 
Mote-like in thy mighty glow. 

What I know of thee I bless,
As acknowledging thy stress 
On my being and as seeing 
Something of thy holiness. 

Once I turned from thee and hid, 
Bound on what thou hadst forbid;
Sow the wind I would; I sinned: 
I repent of what I did. 

Bad I am, but yet thy child. 
Father, be thou reconciled. 
Spare thou me, since I see
With thy might that thou art mild. 

I have li...Read More

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