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Famous Antiquities Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Spenser, Edmund
...l have hop'd to have obtained it. 
Na th' less my lute, whom Phoebus deigned to give, 
Cease not to sound these old antiquities: 
For if that time do let thy glory live, 
Well mayst thou boast, how ever base thou be, 
That thou art first, which of thy Nation sung 
Th' old nonor of the people gowné long. 


L' Envoi 

Bellay, first garland of free Poesy 
That France brought forth, though fruitful of brave wits, 
Well worthy thou of immorality, 
That long hast travail'd...Read More



by Whitman, Walt
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 use words.

Then toward that man or that woman, swiftly hasten all—None refuse, all attend; 
Armies, ships, antiquities, the dead, libraries, paintings, machines, cities, hate,
 despair,
 amity, pain, theft, murder, aspiration, form in close ranks; 
They debouch as they are wanted to march obediently through the mouth of that man, or that
 woman. 

.... O I see arise orators fit for inland America; 
And I see it is as slow to become an orator a...Read More

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