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Famous Anticipating Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
...e lapping of waves,
Of the mad pushes of waves upon the land—I them chanting; 
The overture lightly sounding—the strain anticipating; 
The welcome nearness—the sight of the perfect body; 
The swimmer swimming naked in the bath, or motionless on his back lying and floating; 
The female form approaching—I, pensive, love-flesh tremulous, aching;
The divine list, for myself or you, or for any one, making; 
The face—the limbs—the index from head to foot, and what it arouses; 
The ...Read More



by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
..., that Eye of Heaven discerns, 
And nearer plac'd to our malignant Stars, 
Our brooding Tempests, and approaching Wars 
Anticipating learns. 
When now, too soon the dark Event 
Shews what that faded Planet meant; 
Whilst more the liquid Empire undergoes, 
More she resigns of her entrusted Stores, 
The Wealth, the Strength, the Pride of diff'rent Shores 
In one Devoted, one Recorded Night, 
Than Years had known destroy'd by generous Fight, 
Or Privateering Foes. 
All R...Read More

by Komunyakaa, Yusef
...ith crokersacks over their heads,
moving toward the interrogation huts,
thin-framed as box kites
of sticks & black silk
anticipating a hard wind
that'll tug & snatch them
out into space. I think
some must be laughing
under their dust-colored hoods,
knowing rockets are aimed
at Chu Lai—that the water's
evaporating & soon the nail
will make contact with metal.
How can anyone anywhere love
these half-broken figures
bent under the sky's brightness?
The weight they carry
i...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...eder -- than We --
Through Knowing -- where We only hope --
Receiving -- where we -- pray --

Of Expectation -- also --
Anticipating us
With transport, that would be a pain
Except for Holiness --

Esteeming us -- as Exile --
Themself -- admitted Home --
Through easy Miracle of Death --
The Way ourself, must come --...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...ing tobacco, puffing, smoking, spitting 
(I do not object to your spitting), 
You prophetic of American largeness, 
You anticipating the broad masculine manners of these States; 
I see in you also there are movements, tremors, tears, desire for the melodious, 
I salute your three violinists, endlessly making vibrations, 
Rigid, relentless, capable of going on for ever; 
They play my accompaniment; but I shall take no notice of any accompaniment; 
I myself am a complete orches...Read More



by Gluck, Louise
...In your extended absence, you permit me
use of earth, anticipating
some return on investment. I must report
failure in my assignment, principally
regarding the tomato plants.
I think I should not be encouraged to grow
tomatoes. Or, if I am, you should withhold
the heavy rains, the cold nights that come
so often here, while other regions get
twelve weeks of summer. All this
belongs to you: on the...Read More

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