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Famous Anchorite Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Hugo, Victor Hebrew knave of old, 
 To cheat the angel black, thou didst enfold 
 In altered guise thy name." 
 Ali deemed anchorite or saint a pawn— 
 The crater of his blunderbuss did yawn, 
 Sword, dagger hung at ease: 
 But he had let the holy man revile, 
 Though clouds o'erswept his brow; then, with a smile, 
 He tossed him his pelisse. 


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by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...who sows and reaps 
And listens, while the other sleeps, 
For songs undreamed of and unknown.

’Tis he, the gentle anchorite, 
Who listens for them day and night; 
But most he hears them in the dawn, 
When from his trees across the lawn 
Birds ring the chorus of the light.

He cannot sing without the voice, 
But he may worship and rejoice 
For patience in him to remain, 
The chosen heir of age and pain, 
Instead of Oakes—who had no choice.

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