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Famous Adagios Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...t may be, 
He reads a planet out of tune
For cause of his jarred harmony,— 

If here he venture to unroll 
His index of adagios, 
And he be given to console 
Humanity with what he knows,—

He may by contemplation learn 
A little more than what he knew, 
And even see great oaks return 
To acorns out of which they grew. 

He may, if he but listen well,
Through twilight and the silence here, 
Be told what there are none may tell 
To vanity’s impatient ear; 

And he may never...Read More

by Crane, Hart
...d onward, as bells off San Salvador
Salute the crocus lustres of the stars,
In these poinsettia meadows of her tides,--
Adagios of islands, O my Prodigal,
Complete the dark confessions her veins spell.

Mark how her turning shoulders wind the hours,
And hasten while her penniless rich palms
Pass superscription of bent foam and wave,--
Hasten, while they are true,--sleep, death, desire,
Close round one instant in one floating flower.

Bind us in time, O Seasons clear, ...Read More

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