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Famous Ascension Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Dickinson, Emily
...As from the earth the light Balloon
Asks nothing but release --
Ascension that for which it was,
Its soaring Residence.
The spirit looks upon the Dust
That fastened it so long
With indignation,
As a Bird
Defrauded of its song....Read More



by Symons, Arthur
...

Softly against the burning sun 
The great cathedral spreads its wings; 
High up, the lyric belfry sings. 
Behold Ascension Day begun 
Under the shadow of those wings!...Read More

by Milton, John
...
Prince of the air; then, rising from his grave 
Spoiled Principalities and Powers, triumphed 
In open show; and, with ascension bright, 
Captivity led captive through the air, 
The realm itself of Satan, long usurped; 
Whom he shall tread at last under our feet; 
Even he, who now foretold his fatal bruise; 
And to the Woman thus his sentence turned. 
Thy sorrow I will greatly multiply 
By thy conception; children thou shalt bring 
In sorrow forth; and to thy husband's w...Read More

by Watts, Isaac
...v.17,18 
L. M.
Christ's ascension, and the gift of the Spirit.

Lord, when thou didst ascend on high,
Ten thousand angels filled the sky;
Those heav'nly guards around thee wait,
Like chariots that attend thy state.

Not Sinai's mountain could appear
More glorious when the Lord was there;
While he pronounced his dreadful law,
And struck the chosen tribes with awe.

How b...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...in to skin,
and put on like one's first or last cloth,
envered like kneeling your way into church,
descending into that ascension,
though she be slick as olive oil,
as she climbs each wave like an embezzler of white.
The big deep knows the law as it wears its gray hat,
though the ocean comes in its destiny,
with its one hundred lips,
and in moonlight she comes in her nudity,
flashing breasts made of milk-water,
flashing buttocks made of unkillable lust,
and at night when ...Read More



by Dubie, Norman
...ast holiday, for five days and nights

He stumbled through Petersburg forming
A choir of mutes, he dressed them in pink ascension gowns

And, then, sold Father's Tirietz stallion so to rent
A hall for his Christmas recital: the audience

Was rowdy but Illya in his black robes turned on them
And gave them that look of his; the hall fell silent

And violently he threw his hair to the side and up
Went the baton, the recital ended exactly one hour

Later when Illya suddenly turne...Read More

by Clark, Badger
..._I'm too good for earthly ridin'_
    _And I'm off to bust the lightnin's,--Adios!_"

  Years have gone since that ascension.
    Boastful Bill ain't never lit,
  So we reckon that he's wrenchin'
    Some celestial outlaw's bit.
  When the night rain beats our slickers
    And the wind is swift and stout
  And the lightnin' flares and flickers,
    We kin sometimes hear him shout--

    "_I'm a bronco-twistin' wonder on the fly;_
    _I'm the ridin' son-of-thun...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...lked with, she 
You talked with, whole nights long, up in the tower, 
Of sine and arc, spheroïd and azimuth, 
And right ascension, Heaven knows what; and now 
A word, but one, one little kindly word, 
Not one to spare her: out upon you, flint! 
You love nor her, nor me, nor any; nay, 
You shame your mother's judgment too. Not one? 
You will not? well--no heart have you, or such 
As fancies like the vermin in a nut 
Have fretted all to dust and bitterness.' 
So said th...Read More

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