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Famous Affronting Poems by Famous Poets

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by Benet, Stephen Vincent
...th a large, fierce splendor, wildly bright, 
The crooked constellations of the South; 
Here the Cross swung; and there, affronting Mars, 
The Centaur stormed aside a froth of stars. 
Within, great casks, like wattled aldermen, 
Sighed of enormous feasts, and cloth of gold 
Glowed on the walls like hot desire. Again, 
Beside webbed purples from some galleon's hold, 
A black chest bore the skull and bones in white 
Above a scrawled "Gunpowder!" By the flames, 
Decked ou...Read More



by Blake, William
...at God was the Devil, 
And the Devil was God, like a Christian civil; 
Mild Christian regrets to the Devil confess 
For affronting him thrice in the wilderness; 
He had soon been bloody Caesar’s elf, 
And at last he would have been Caesar himself, 
Like Dr. Priestly and Bacon and Newton— 
Poor spiritual knowledge is not worth a button 
For thus the Gospel Sir Isaac confutes: 
‘God can only be known by His attributes; 
And as for the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, 
Or of Ch...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...ch by night,
And much wrong now that used to be right,
So, thanking him, declined the hunting,---
Was conduct ever more affronting?
With all the ceremony settled---
With the towel ready, and the sewer
Polishing up his oldest ewer,
And the jennet pitched upon, a piebald,
Black-barred, cream-coated and pink eye-balled,---
No wonder if the Duke was nettled
And when she persisted nevertheless,---
Well, I suppose here's the time to confess
That there ran half round our lady's cham...Read More

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