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Famous Approved Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Yeats, William Butler
Rooted in one dear perpetual place.

My mind, because the minds that I have loved,
The sort of beauty that I have approved,
Prosper but little, has dried up of late,
Yet knows that to be choked with hate
May well be of all evil chances chief.
If there's no hatred in a mind
Assault and battery of the wind
Can never tear the linnet from the leaf.

An intellectual hatred is the worst,
So let her think opinions are accursed.
Have I not seen the loveliest woman b...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
And as he fell and as he lived and loved
Sublimely mild, a Spirit without spot,
Arose; and Lucan, by his death approved:
Oblivion as they rose shrank like a thing reproved.

And many more, whose names on Earth are dark,
But whose transmitted effluence cannot die
So long as fire outlives the parent spark,
Rose, robed in dazzling immortality.
"Thou art become as one of us," they cry,
"It was for thee yon kingless sphere has long
Swung blind in unascend...Read More

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill Score; 
And whilst we borrow'd Gold restore, 
Whilst readily we own the Debt, 
And Gratitude before her set 
In its approved and fairest Light; 
Let her effectually be taught 
By that instructive, harmless Slight, 
That also in her turn she ought 
(Repaying ev'ry tender Thought) 
Kindness with Kindness to requite....Read More

by Whitman, Walt
Around me I hear that eclat of the world—politics, produce, 
The announcements of recognized things—science, 
The approved growth of cities, and the spread of inventions.

I see the ships, (they will last a few years,) 
The vast factories, with their foremen and workmen, 
And here the indorsement of all, and do not object to it. 

But I too announce solid things; 
Science, ships, politics, cities, factories, are not nothing—I watch them,
Like a grand procession,...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord to me! no shadow, O my King, 
But golden earnest of a gentler life!' 

So Balin bare the crown, and all the knights 
Approved him, and the Queen, and all the world 
Made music, and he felt his being move 
In music with his Order, and the King. 

The nightingale, full-toned in middle May, 
Hath ever and anon a note so thin 
It seems another voice in other groves; 
Thus, after some quick burst of sudden wrath, 
The music in him seemed to change, and grow 
Faint and far-o...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington it, -- meaning, as I take it,
The sinew and the solvent of our Island,
You'd not be buying beer for this Terpander's
Approved and estimated friend Ben Jonson;
He'd never foist it as a part of his
Contingent entertainment of a townsman
While he goes off rehearsing, as he must,
If he shall ever be the Duke of Stratford.
And my words are no shadow on your town -- 
Far from it; for one town's as like another
As all are unlike London. Oh, he knows it, -- 
And there's th...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...rits of our timeHis name conspicuous shines; in every climeAdmired, approved, his strains an echo find.Such is he, but for meA mere court flatterer who was doom'd to be,Unmark'd amid his kind,Till, in my school, exalted and made knownBy her, who, of her sex, stood peerless and alone!Read More

by Wyatt, Sir Thomas
How long ago hath been, and is, 
The mind that never means amiss; 
Forget not yet.

Forget not yet thine own approved, 
The which so long hath thee so loved, 
Whose steadfast faith yet never moved, 
Forget not this....Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...he would find eight barrels—one of which 
Was newly tapped, he said, and to his taste
An honor to the fruit. Isaac approved 
Most heartily of that, and guided us 
Forthwith, as if his venerable feet 
Were measuring the turf in his own door-yard, 
Straight to the open rollway. Down we went,
Out of the fiery sunshine to the gloom, 
Grateful and half sepulchral, where we found 
The barrels, like eight potent sentinels, 
Close ranged along the wall. From one of them ...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
So has it been, so shall it always be, 
For those of us who give ourselves to die 
Before we are so parcelled and approved 
As to be slaughtered by authority.
We do not make so much of what they say 
As they of what our folly says of us; 
They give us hardly time enough for that, 
And thereby we gain much by losing little. 
Few are alive to-day with less to lose.
Than I who tell you this, or more to gain; 
And whether I speak as one to be destroyed 
For no g...Read More

by Freneau, Philip
Exists, the greatest and the best
Throughout all the worlds, to make them blest.

All that He did He first approved,
He all things into being loved;
O'er all He made He still presides,
For them in life, or death provides....Read More

by Tebb, Barry
...ut now I am God’s friend."

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by Milton, John
...estimony of truth hast borne 
Universal reproach, far worse to bear 
Than violence; for this was all thy care 
To stand approved in sight of God, though worlds 
Judged thee perverse: The easier conquest now 
Remains thee, aided by this host of friends, 
Back on thy foes more glorious to return, 
Than scorned thou didst depart; and to subdue 
By force, who reason for their law refuse, 
Right reason for their law, and for their King 
Messiah, who by right of merit reigns. 
...Read More

by Milton, John
...Wrought in her so, that, seeing me, she turned: 
I followed her; she what was honour knew, 
And with obsequious majesty approved 
My pleaded reason. To the nuptial bower 
I led her blushing like the morn: All Heaven, 
And happy constellations, on that hour 
Shed their selectest influence; the Earth 
Gave sign of gratulation, and each hill; 
Joyous the birds; fresh gales and gentle airs 
Whispered it to the woods, and from their wings 
Flung rose, flung odours from the spi...Read More

by Milton, John
...the throne supreme, 
Accountable, made haste, to make appear, 
With righteous plea, their utmost vigilance 
And easily approved; when the Most High 
Eternal Father, from his secret cloud, 
Amidst in thunder uttered thus his voice. 
Assembled Angels, and ye Powers returned 
From unsuccessful charge; be not dismayed, 
Nor troubled at these tidings from the earth, 
Which your sincerest care could not prevent; 
Foretold so lately what would come to pass, 
When first this tem...Read More

by Milton, John
...that his brother's offering found 
From Heaven acceptance; but the bloody fact 
Will be avenged; and the other's faith, approved, 
Lose no reward; though here thou see him die, 
Rolling in dust and gore. To which our sire. 
Alas! both for the deed, and for the cause! 
But have I now seen Death? Is this the way 
I must return to native dust? O sight 
Of terrour, foul and ugly to behold, 
Horrid to think, how horrible to feel! 
To whom thus Michael. Death thou hast ...Read More

by Browning, Robert
Therefore I summon age
To grant youth's heritage,
Life's struggle having so far reached its term:
Thence shall I pass, approved
A man, for aye removed
From the developed brute; a god though in the germ.

And I shall thereupon
Take rest, ere I be gone
Once more on my adventure brave and new:
Fearless and unperplexed,
When I wage battle next,
What weapons to select, what armour to indue.

Youth ended, I shall try
My gain or loss thereby;
Leave the fire ashes, what surv...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...derstand; but Lionel,
We know, is rich and nobly born.
So wondered they; yet all men loved
Young Lionel, though few approved;
All but the priests, whose hatred fell
Like the unseen blight of a smiling day,
The withering honey-dew which clings
Under the bright green buds of May
Whilst they unfold their emerald wings;
For he made verses wild and ***** 
On the strange creeds priests hold so dear
Because they bring them land and gold.
Of devils and saints and all such gea...Read More

by Moore, Marianne
 grace with a kindly manner, time in which to pay a debt,
 the cure for sins, a graceful use
 of what are yet
 approved stone mullions branching out across
 the perpendiculars? A sailboat

was the first machine. Pangolins, made
 for moving quietly also, are models of exactness,
on four legs; on hind feet plantigrade,
 with certain postures of a man. Beneath sun and moon, man slaving
 to make his life more sweet, leaves half the flowers worth having,
 needing ...Read More

by Swift, Jonathan
Who bring the lime, or place the stones;
But all admire Inigo Jones:
So, if this pile of scattered rhymes
Should be approved in aftertimes;
If it both pleases and endures,
The merit and the praise are yours.
Thou, Stella, wert no longer young,
When first for thee my harp was strung,
Without one word of Cupid's darts,
Of killing eyes, or bleeding hearts;
With friendship and esteem possest,
I ne'er admitted Love a guest.
In all the habitudes of life,
The friend, the...Read More

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