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Famous Adumbration Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...Martha said that. 
And he said we were not to be afraid.” 
Lazarus closed his eyes while on his face
A tortured adumbration of a smile 
Flickered an instant. “All as it was before,” 
He murmured wearily. “Martha said that; 
And he said you were not to be afraid … 
Not you… Not you… Why should you be afraid?
Give all your little fears, and Martha’s with them, 
To me; and I will add them unto mine, 
Like a few rain-drops to Gennesaret.” 

“If you had frighte...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
And scarcely visible to us here,
Rounds and completes the perfect sphere;
A prophecy and intimation,
A pale and feeble adumbration,
Of the great world of light, that lies
Behind all human destinies.

Ah! if thy fate, with anguish fraught,
Should be to wet the dusty soil
With the hot tears and sweat of toil,--
To struggle with imperious thought,
Until the overburdened brain,
Weary with labor, faint with pain,
Like a jarred pendulum, retain
Only its motion, not its power,-...Read More

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