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Famous Archbishop Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Hugo, Victor
...d—yet still 
 Unconquered 'mid his mountains and in will; 
 The bitter foe of the Count Palatine 
 And Treves' proud archbishop; who has spurned 
 For sixty years the ladder which the Empire 
 Upreared to scale his walls? Hast heard that he 
 Shelters the brave—the flaunting rich man strips— 
 Of master makes a slave? That here, above 
 All dukes, aye, kings, eke emperors—in the eyes 
 Of Germany to their fierce strife a prey, 
 He rears upon his tower, in stern def...Read more of this...

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...our intent
He should be safe, but that we would him hent.* *catch
And sometimes be we servants unto man,
As to the archbishop Saint Dunstan,
And to th'apostle servant eke was I."
"Yet tell me," quoth this Sompnour, "faithfully,
Make ye you newe bodies thus alway
Of th' elements?" The fiend answered, "Nay:
Sometimes we feign, and sometimes we arise
With deade bodies, in full sundry wise,
And speak as reas'nably, and fair, and well,
As to the Pythoness did Samuel:
A...Read more of this...

by Yeats, William Butler
...that cannot hide
A soul incapable of remorse or rest;
A revolutionary soldier kneeling to be blessed;


An Abbot or Archbishop with an upraised hand
Blessing the Tricolour. 'This is not,' I say,
'The dead Ireland of my youth, but an Ireland
The poets have imagined, terrible and gay.'
Before a woman's portrait suddenly I stand,
Beautiful and gentle in her Venetian way.
I met her all but fifty years ago
For twenty minutes in some studio.


Heart-smitten...Read more of this...

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...Scotscraig is an ancient and a most charming spot,
And once seen by visitors will never be forgot.
'Twas there that Archbishop Sharp lived long ago,
And the flower-garden there is a very grand show. 

The flower beds there are very beautiful to see,
They surpass the Baxter Park flower beds in Dundee,
And are all enclosed in a round ring,
And there the bee and the butterfly are often on the wing. 

Scotscraig farm-house is magnificent to see
With its beautiful rich...Read more of this...

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