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Famous Adherence Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Clampitt, Amy
...xemplifying any so-called virtue 
(holding on despite adversity, perhaps) or 
any no-more-than-human tendency—
stubborn adherence, say,

to a wholly wrongheaded tenet. Though to 
hold on in any case means taking less and less 
for granted, some few things seem nearly 
certain, as that the longest day

will come again, will seem to hold its breath, 
the months-long exhalation of diminishment 
again begin. Last night you woke me
for a look at Jupiter,

that vast cinder ...Read More

by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang in 1851, namely, as literal a rendering 
of the original as is consistent with good English, and also a very 
strict adherence to the metre of the original. Although translators 
usually allow themselves great license in both these points, it 
appears to me that by so doing they of necessity destroy the very 
soul of the work they profess to translate. In fact, it is not a 
translation, but a paraphrase that they give. It may perhaps be 
thought that the presen...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
Forgive me when I seem a little careless, 
But we must have examples, or be lucid 
Without them; and I question your adherence
To such an undramatic narrative 
As this of mine, without the personal hook.” 

“A time is given in Ecclesiastes 
For divers works,” I told him. “Is there one 
For saying nothing in return for nothing?
If not, there should be.” I could feel his eyes, 
And they were like two cold inquiring points 
Of a sharp metal. When I looked agai...Read More

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