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Famous Archetype Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Arnold, Matthew
...le, did I deem
Man's justice from the all-just Gods was given;
A light that from some upper fount did beam,
Some better archetype, whose seat was heaven;
A light that, shining from the blest abodes,
Did shadow somewhat of the life of Gods.

'Mere phantoms of man's self-tormenting heart,
Which on the sweets that woo it dares not feed!
Vain dreams, which quench our pleasures, then depart
When the duped soul, self-master'd, claims its meed;
When, on the strenuous just man, H...Read More



by Levertov, Denise
...ed on its pocks and warts - 

a hazy red, a 
grain gold, a mauve 
of small shadows, sprung 
from the quiet dry brown - 
archetype 
of the world always a step 
beyond the world, that can't 
be looked for, only 
as the eye wanders, 
found....Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...o matter gives,
Nature's blest playmate, free at will to stray
With gods a god, amidst the fields of day,
The form, the archetype [39], serenely lives.
Would'st thou soar heavenward on its joyous wing?
Cast from thee, earth, the bitter and the real,
High from this cramped and dungeon being, spring
Into the realm of the ideal!

Here, bathed, perfection, in thy purest ray,
Free from the clogs and taints of clay,
Hovers divine the archetypal man!
Dim as those phantom ghosts ...Read More

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