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Famous Apollyon Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Kipling, Rudyard
...that helpful set
 In Charles the Second's reign.

Emmanuel's vanguard dying
 For right and not for rights,
My Lord Apollyon lying
 To the State-kept Stockholmites,
The Pope, the swithering Neutrals
 The Kaiser and his Gott--
Their roles, their goals, their naked souls--
 He knew and drew the lot.

Now he hath left his quarters,
 In Bunhill Fields to lie,
The wisdom that he taught us
 Is proven prophecy--
One watchword through our Armies,
 One answer from our Lands:-...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...o sip
     The ripe ruddy dew of a woman's dear lip,
     Says that Beelzebub lurks in her kerchief so sly,
     And Apollyon shoots darts from her merry black eye;
     Yet whoop, Jack! kiss Gillian the quicker,
     Till she bloom like a rose, and a fig for the vicar!

     Our vicar thus preaches,—and why should he not?
     For the dues of his cure are the placket and pot;
     And 'tis right of his office poor laymen to lurch
     Who infringe the domains of ou...Read More

by Cowper, William
...My soul is sad, and much dismay'd;
See, Lord, what legions of my foes,
With fierce Apollyon at their head,
My heavenly pilgrimage oppose.

See, from the ever-burning lake,
How like a smoky cloud they rise!
With horrid blasts my soul they shake,
With storms of blasphemies and lies.

Their fiery arrows reach the mark,
My throbbing heart with anguish tear;
Each lights upon a kindred spark,
And finds abundant fuel there.

I hate th...Read More

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