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Famous Antecedents Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt! 
O whirl, contest, sounding and resounding! I am your poet, because I am part of you; 
O days by-gone! Enthusiasts! Antecedents! 
O vast preparations for These States! O years!
O what is now being sent forward thousands of years to come! 
O mediums! O to teach! to convey the invisible faith! 
To promulge real things! to journey through all The States! 
O creation! O to-day! O laws! O unmitigated adoration! 
O for mightier broods of orators, artists, and singers!
O for nat...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...ever: I'm a prouder man than you! 

If your character be blameless, if your outward past be clean, 
While 'tis known my antecedents are not what they should have been, 
Do not risk contamination, save your name whate'er you do -- 
`Birds o' feather fly together': I'm a prouder bird than you! 

Keep your patronage for others! Gold and station cannot hide 
Friendship that can laugh at fortune, friendship that can conquer pride! 
Offer this as to an equal -- let me see that you ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
WITH antecedents; 
With my fathers and mothers, and the accumulations of past ages; 
With all which, had it not been, I would not now be here, as I am: 
With Egypt, India, Phenicia, Greece and Rome; 
With the Kelt, the Scandinavian, the Alb, and the Saxon;
With antique maritime ventures,—with laws, artizanship, wars and journeys; 
With the poet, the skald, the sa...Read More

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