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Famous Appealing Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...e, by Johnie Simson,
Twa sage philosophers to glimpse on;
Smith, wi’ his sympathetic feeling,
An’ Reid, to common sense appealing.
Philosophers have fought and wrangled,
An’ meikle Greek an’ Latin mangled,
Till wi’ their logic-jargon tir’d,
And in the depth of science mir’d,
To common sense they now appeal,
What wives and wabsters see and feel.
But, hark ye, friend! I charge you strictly,
Peruse them, an’ return them quickly:
For now I’m grown sae cursed douce
I pray ...Read More



by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...r>
From forest, and from slaughter house, from bull ring, and from stall, 
There rose an anguished cry of pain, a loud, appealing call; 
As man – the dumb beast’s next of kin – with gun, and whip, and knife, 
Went pleasure-seeking through the earth, blood-bent on taking life.
From trap, and cage, and house, and zoo, and street, that awful strain
Of tortured creatures rose and swelled the orchestra of pain.
And then methought the gentle Christ appeared to me and spoke:...Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...br>

So spake each heart in that unholy rage
Which fires the brain, when war the thoughts engage.
War, hideous war, appealing to the worst
In complex man, and waking that wild thirst
For human blood which blood alone can slake.
Yet for their country's safety, and the sake
Of tortured captives moaning in alarm
The Indian must be made to fear the law's strong arm.


XIV.

A noble vengeance burned in Custer's breast, 
But, as he led his army to the crest, 
Above ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...inquiry, 
Whither I go from the bed I now recline on, come tell me; 
Old age, alarmed, uncertain—A young woman’s voice appealing to me, for comfort, 
A young man’s voice, Shall I not escape?...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...knees and steady hand, to dress wounds; 
I am firm with each—the pangs are sharp, yet unavoidable; 
One turns to me his appealing eyes—(poor boy! I never knew you, 
Yet I think I could not refuse this moment to die for you, if that would save you.)

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On, on I go!—(open doors of time! open hospital doors!) 
The crush’d head I dress, (poor crazed hand, tear not the bandage away;) 
The neck of the cavalry-man, with the bullet through and through, I examine; 
Hard the breath...Read More



by Keats, John
...l:
Groan'd one and all, as if some piercing trial
Was sharpening for their pitiable bones.
She lifted up the charm: appealing groans
From their poor breasts went sueing to her ear
In vain; remorseless as an infant's bier
She whisk'd against their eyes the sooty oil.
Whereat was heard a noise of painful toil,
Increasing gradual to a tempest rage,
Shrieks, yells, and groans of torture-pilgrimage;
Until their grieved bodies 'gan to bloat
And puff from the tail's end to s...Read More

by Belieu, Erin
...remember - not the sexy, new
idea of history, each moment
swamped in legend, liable to judgment
and erosion; still, an appealing view,

to draft our lives, a series of vignettes
where endings could be substituted -
your father, unconvoluted
by desire, not grown bonsai in regret,

the bedroom of blue flowers left intact.
The room was nearly dark, the streetlight
a sentinel at the white curtain, its night
face implicated. Do not retract

this. Something did happen....Read More

by Moore, Thomas
...he gay hearth blazing, 
Oh! still remember me. 
Then should music, stealing 
All the soul of feeling, 
To thy heart appealing, 
Draw one tear from thee; 
Then let memory bring thee 
Strains I used to sing thee, -- 
Oh! then remember me....Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...Had I not This, or This, I said,
Appealing to Myself,
In moment of prosperity --
Inadequate -- were Life --

"Thou hast not Me, nor Me" -- it said,
In Moment of Reverse --
"And yet Thou art industrious --
No need -- hadst Thou -- of us"?

My need -- was all I had -- I said --
The need did not reduce --
Because the food -- exterminate --
The hunger -- does not cease --

But diligence -- is s...Read More

by Gregory, Rg
...fearful - as when the river legs it

legs or rivers - the game’s alike
seasons distort the flow
in age the river’s more appealing
(legs have a way of silting up)
after the high ground’s turmoils
you hope for the sanctity of meadows
a kind of green relief

legs feed on past dreams (now
kick a ball the leg drops off)
rivers are geared to what comes next
even in the sea’s maw 
hope is on their lips (ever) - legs
rest on their elegiac laurels
with the weight off them they flow be...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...mpt her affections to personify— 
 It is the fresh and frolic hour, arrayed 
 In guise of Andalusian dancing maid, 
 Appealing by a crevice fine and rare, 
 As of a door oped in "th' incorporal air." 
 She comes! o'er drowsy roofs, inert and dull, 
 Shaking her lap, of silv'ry music full, 
 Rousing without remorse the drones abed, 
 Tripping like joyous bird with tiniest tread, 
 Quiv'ring like dart that trembles in the targe, 
 By a frail crystal stair, whose viewl...Read More

by Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
...not copy fair my past'—
I wrote that once; and thinking at my side
My ministering life-angel justified
The word by his appealing look upcast
To the white throne of God, I turned at last,
And there, instead, saw thee, not unallied
To angels in thy soul! Then I, long tried
By natural ills, received the comfort fast,
While budding, at thy sight, my pilgrim's staff
Gave out green leaves with morning dews impearled.
I seek no copy now of life's first half:
Leave here the page...Read More

by Lawrence, D. H.
...red firelight steadily wheeling
Weaves the hard hands of my friend in sleep. 
And the white dog snuffs the warmth, appealing
For the man to heed lest the girl shall weep. 
(Tears and dreams for them; for me 
Bitter science—the exams are near.
I wish I bore it more patiently. 
I wish you did not wait, my dear, 
For me to come: since work I must: 
Though it’s all the same when we are dead.—
I wish I was only a bust,
All head.)...Read More

by Poe, Edgar Allan
...they scream out their affright!
Too much horrified to speak,
They can only shriek, shriek,
Out of tune,
In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,
In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,
Leaping higher, higher, higher,
With a desperate desire,
And a resolute endeavor,
Now- now to sit or never,
By the side of the pale-faced moon.
Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
What a tale their terror tells
Of Despair!
How they clang, and clash, and roar!
What a horro...Read More

by Symons, Arthur
...crowded earlier hour of night, 
Sidle, with matches, up to some who stand 
About a stage-door, and, with furtive hand, 
Appealing: "I too was a dancer, when 
Your fathers would have been young gentlemen!" 
And sometimes, out of some lean ancient throat, 
A broken voice, with here and there a note 
Of unspoiled crystal, suddenly will arise 
Into the night, while a cracked fiddle cries 
Pantingly after; and you know she sings 
The passing of light, famous, passing things. 
...Read More

by Crowley, Aleister
...le the moon (the moon!)
Sheds her ambrosial splendour,
Reels in the redeless rune
Ineffably, utterly, tender!
Hark! the appealing cry
Of deadly hurt in the hollow: ---
Hyacinth! Hyacinth! Ay!
Smitten to death by Apollo.
Swift, O maiden moon,
Send thy ray-dews after;
Turn the dolorous tune
To soft ambiguous laughter! 

Mourn, O Maenads, mourn!
Surely your comfort is over:
All we laugh at you lorn.
Ours are the poppies and clover!
O that mouth and eyes,
Mischevious, mal...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...st 
A liquid look on Ida, full of prayer, 
Which melted Florian's fancy as she hung, 
A Niobëan daughter, one arm out, 
Appealing to the bolts of Heaven; and while 
We gazed upon her came a little stir 
About the doors, and on a sudden rushed 
Among us, out of breath as one pursued, 
A woman-post in flying raiment. Fear 
Stared in her eyes, and chalked her face, and winged 
Her transit to the throne, whereby she fell 
Delivering sealed dispatches which the Head 
Took half...Read More

by Nicolson, Adela Florence Cory
...e look so young and slim
     As he weak and wounded lies?
   How hard for me to be harsh to him
     With his soft, appealing eyes.

   His hair is ruffled upon the stone
     And the slender wrists are bound,
   So young! and yet he has overthrown
     His scores on the battle ground.

   Would I were only a slave to-day,
     To whom it were right and meet
   To wash the stains of the War away,
     The dust from the weary feet.

   Were I but one of my serv...Read More

by Aiken, Conrad
...> 
She was a waitress in a restaurant, 
He picked her up and taught her how to dance. 
She feels his arms, lifts an appealing glance, 
But knows he spent last evening with Zudora; 
And knows that certain changes are before her.

The brilliant spotlight circles them around, 
Flashing the spangles on her weighted dress. 
He mimics wooing her, without a sound, 
Flatters her with a smoothly smiled caress. 
He fears that she will someday ***** his act; 
Feeling his...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...mute inquiry,
Whither I go from the bed I recline on, come tell me: 
Old age, alarm’d, uncertain—A young woman’s voice, appealing to me for
 comfort; 
A young man’s voice, Shall I not escape?...Read More

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