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Famous Affrighting Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Yeats, William Butler
...d driven hence,
The soul recovers radical innocence
And learns at last that it is self-delighting,
Self-appeasing, self-affrighting,
And that its own sweet will is Heaven's will;
She can, though every face should scowl
And every windy quarter howl
Or every bellows burst, be happy Still.

And may her bridegroom bring her to a house
Where all's accustomed, ceremonious;
For arrogance and hatred are the wares
Peddled in the thoroughfares.
How but in custom and in ceremony...Read more of this...

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...light thou beholdest
Stream through the heavens,
In flashes of crimson,
Is but my red beard 
Blown by the night-wind, 
Affrighting the nations! 
Jove is my brother; 
Mine eyes are the lightning; 
The wheels of my chariot 
Roll in the thunder, 
The blows of my hammer 
Ring in the earthquake!

Force rules the world still,
Has ruled it, shall rule it;
Meekness is weakness,
Strength is triumphant,
Over the whole earth
Still is it Thor's Day!

Thou art a God too, 
O Galilean! 
An...Read more of this...

by Lawson, Henry
...When God's wrath-cloud is o'er me, 
Affrighting heart and mind; 
When days seem dark before me, 
And days seem black behind; 
Those friends who think they know me -- 
Who deem their insight keen -- 
They ne'er forget to show me 
The man I might have been. 

He's rich and independent, 
Or rising fast to fame; 
His bright star is ascendant, 
The country knows his name; 
His houses and his ga...Read more of this...

by Herrick, Robert
...nd lustre there,

There no monstrous fancies shall
Out of hell an horror call,
To create, or cause at all

There, in calm and cooling sleep,
We our eyes shall never steep,
But eternal watch shall keep,

Pleasures such as shall pursue
Me immortalized, and you;
And fresh joys, as never too
Have ending....Read more of this...

by Browning, Robert
Love-making,--how simple a matter! No depths to explore, 
No heights in a life to ascend! No disheartening Before, 
No affrighting Hereafter,--love now will be love ever more. 
So I felt "To keep silence were folly:"--all language above, 
I made love....Read more of this...

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