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Famous Afflatus Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Stevens, Wallace
...diate parts,
Horrors and falsities and wrongs;
Incapable master of all force,
Too vague idealist, overwhelmed
By an afflatus that persists.
For this, then, we endure brief lives,
The evanescent symmetries
From that meticulous potter's thumb....Read more of this...



by Whitman, Walt
...

Whoever degrades another degrades me; 
And whatever is done or said returns at last to me. 

Through me the afflatus surging and surging—through me the current and
 index.

I speak the pass-word primeval—I give the sign of democracy; 
By God! I will accept nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on the
 same terms. 

Through me many long dumb voices; 
Voices of the interminable generations of slaves; 
Voices of prostitutes, and of defor...Read more of this...

by Stevens, Wallace
...to come, 
356 Related in romance to backward flights, 
357 However prodigal, however proud, 
358 Contained in their afflatus the reproach 
359 That first drove Crispin to his wandering. 
360 He could not be content with counterfeit, 
361 With masquerade of thought, with hapless words 
362 That must belie the racking masquerade, 
363 With fictive flourishes that preordained 
364 His passion's permit, hang of coat, degree 
365 Of buttons, measure of his salt....Read more of this...

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