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Famous Affirmed Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...f surprise. 
Unwelcome as it was, and off the key
Calamitously, it overlived a silence 
That was itself a story and affirmed 
A savage emphasis of honesty 
That I would only gladly have attuned 
If possible, to vinous innovation.
But his indifferent wassailing was always 
Too far within the measure of excess 
For that; and then there were those eyes of his. 
Avon indeed had kept his word with me, 
And there was not much yet to make me happy.

“So there we were...Read more of this...

by Schwartz, Delmore
Love is the tact of every good,
The only warmth, the only peace.

"What have I said?" asked Socrates.
"Affirmed extremes, cried yes and no,
Taken all parts, denied myself,
Praised the caress, extolled the blow,
Soldier and lover quite deranged
Until their motions are exchanged.
-What do all examples show?
What can any actor know?
The contradiction in every act,
The infinite task of the human heart."...Read more of this...

by Dickinson, Emily
...One Crucifixion is recorded -- only --
How many be
Is not affirmed of Mathematics --
Or History --

One Calvary -- exhibited to Stranger --
As many be
As persons -- or Peninsulas --
Gethsemane --

Is but a Province -- in the Being's Centre --
Judea --
For Journey -- or Crusade's Achieving --
Too near --

Our Lord -- indeed -- made Compound Witness --
And yet --
There's newer -- nearer Crucifixion
Than That --...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...knew us men, at first 
Was silent; closer prest, denied it not: 
And then, demanded if her mother knew, 
Or Psyche, she affirmed not, or denied: 
From whence the Royal mind, familiar with her, 
Easily gathered either guilt. She sent 
For Psyche, but she was not there; she called 
For Psyche's child to cast it from the doors; 
She sent for Blanche to accuse her face to face; 
And I slipt out: but whither will you now? 
And where are Psyche, Cyril? both are fled: 
What, if ...Read more of this...

by Stevens, Wallace!
Ah! douce campagna, honey in the heart,
Green in the body, out of a petty phrase,
Out of a thing believed, a thing affirmed:
The form on the pillow humming while one sleeps,
The aureole above the humming house...
It can never be satisfied, the mind, never....Read more of this...

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