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Famous Afflictive Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Johnson, Samuel
 1 Let observation with extensive view, 
2 Survey mankind, from China to Peru;
3 Remark each anxious toil, each eager strife,
4 And watch the busy scenes of crowded life;
5 Then...Read More



by Dickinson, Emily
 Birthday of but a single pang
That there are less to come --
Afflictive is the Adjective
But affluent the doom --...Read More

by Philips, Katherine
 I CANNOT hold, for though to write were rude, 
Yet to be silent were Ingratitude, 
And Folly too; for if Posterity 
Should never hear of such a one as...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
CANZONE I. Che debb' io far? che mi consigli, Amore? HE ASKS COUNSEL OF LOVE, WHETHER HE SHOULD FOLLOW LAURA, OR STILL ENDURE EXISTENCE.  What...Read More

by Watts, Isaac
 Submission to afflictive providences.

Job 1:21.

Naked as from the earth we came,
And crept to life at first,
We to the earth return again,
And mingle with our dust.

The dear delights we here...Read More



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