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Famous Armorial Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...conscience might a prince adorn;
Frae the downs o’ Tinwald, so was never worn.
 Buy braw troggin, &c.

Here’s armorial bearings frae the manse o’ Urr;
The crest, a sour crab-apple, rotten at the core.
 Buy braw troggin, &c.

Here’s the worth and wisdom Collieston can boast;
By a thievish midge they had been nearly lost.
 Buy braw troggin, &c.

Here is Satan’s picture, like a bizzard gled,
Pouncing poor Redcastle, sprawlin’ like a taed.
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by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth born;
Others, their blue eyes with tears o'er-flowing,
Stand like Ruth amid the golden corn;

Not alone in Spring's armorial bearing,
And in Summer's green-emblazoned field,
But in arms of brave old Autumn's wearing,
In the centre of his brazen shield;

Not alone in meadows and green alleys,
On the mountain-top, and by the brink
Of sequestered pools in woodland valleys,
Where the slaves of nature stoop to drink;

Not alone in her vast dome of glory,
Not on graves of bird ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...ead the ranks— 
 The pink of gallantry! 
 In scarfs of gold the priests admire; 
 The heralds on white steeds; 
 Armorial pride decks their attire, 
 Worn in remembrance of some sire 
 Famed for heroic deeds. 
 Feared by the Paynim's dark divan, 
 The Templars next advance; 
 Then the tall halberds of Lausanne, 
 Foremost to stand in battle van 
 Against the foes of France. 
 Now hail the duke, with radiant brow, 
 Girt with his cavaliers; 
 Round his t...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...things duly, 
When beneath his roof they come. 
Thus her heart rejoices greatly, 
Till a gateway she discerns 
With armorial bearings stately, 
And beneath the gate she turns; 
Sees a mansion more majestic 
Than all those she saw before: 
Many a gallant gay domestic 
Bows before him at the door. 
And they speak in gentle murmur, 
When they answer to his call, 
While he treads with footstep firmer, 
Leading on from hall to hall. 
And, while now she wonders blindly,...Read More

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