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Famous Aspiring Poems by Famous Poets

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by Crowley, Aleister
...ced your garland. I induct
Tragedy, comedy, farce, fable, song,
Each longing a little, each a little long,
But each aspiring only to express
Your excellence and my unworthiness --- 
Nay! but my worthiness, since I was sense
And spirit too of that same excellence.

So thus we solved the earth's revolving riddle:
I could write verse, and you could play the fiddle,
While, as for love, the sun went through the signs,
And not a star but told him how love twines
A wreath fo...Read More

by Wilmot, John
...the image take;
And this fair frame in shining reason dressed,
To dignify his nature above beast.
Reason, by whose aspiring influence
We take a flight beyond material sense,
Dive into mysteries, then soaring pierce
The flaming limits of the universe,
Search heaven and hell, Find out what's acted there,
And give the world true grounds of hope and fear."

Hold mighty man, I cry, all this we know,
From the pathetic pen of Ingelo;
From Patrlck's Pilgrim, Sibbes' Soliloqu...Read More

by Prior, Matthew
...ill dancing in an airy round,
Still pleas'd with their own verses' sound;
Brought back, how fast soe'er they go,
Always aspiring, always low....Read More

by Poe, Edgar Allan
...fume, perfuming the night:
And Clytia, pondering between many a sun,
While pettish tears adown her petals run:
And that aspiring flower that sprang on Earth,
And died, ere scarce exalted into birth,
Bursting its odorous heart in spirit to wing
Its way to Heaven, from garden of a king:
And Valisnerian lotus, thither flown"
From struggling with the waters of the Rhone:
And thy most lovely purple perfume, Zante!
Isola d'oro!- Fior di Levante!
And the Nelumbo bud that floats for ...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
...and rush into the skies.
Pride still is aiming at the blest abodes,
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell,
Aspiring to be angels, men rebel:
And who but wishes to invert the laws
Of order, sins against th' Eternal Cause.V. 

Ask for what end the heav'nly bodies shine,
Earth for whose use? Pride answers, " 'Tis for mine:
For me kind Nature wakes her genial pow'r,
Suckles each herb, and spreads out ev'ry flow'r;
Annual ...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
...d rush into the skies. 
Pride still is aiming at the blest abodes, 
Men would be Angels, Angels would be Gods. 
Aspiring to be Gods, if Angels fell, 
Aspiring to be Angels, Men rebel; 
And who but wishes to invert the laws 
Of ORDER, sins against th' Eternal Cause.

V. Ask for what end the heav'nly bodies shine, 
Earth for whose use? Pride answers, "Tis for mine: 
For me kind Nature wakes her genial pow'r, 
Suckles each herb, and spreads out ev'ry flow'r; 
Ann...Read More

by Po, Li, in the school of heaven,
And I am Lesser Hsieh growing up by your side.
We both are exalted to distant thought,
Aspiring to the sky and the bright moon.
But since water still flows, though we cut it with our swords,
And sorrow return,though we drown them with wine,
Since the world can in no way answer our craving,
I will loosen my hair tomorrow and take to a fishing-boat....Read More

by Gregory, Rg
...umping on the flagship
competition's crock of gold
find the winners pick the famous
all the hopefuls cry please name us
aspiring poets search their wardrobes
for the wordy swimsuit likely
to catch the eyeful of the judges
(winners too in previous contests

inured to the needle of success
but this time though now they are tops
totally pissed-off with the process
only here because the money's good)
winners' middle name is wordsworth
losers swallow a dose of shame
organisers rub...Read More

by Milton, John
...mother of mankind, what time his pride 
Had cast him out from Heaven, with all his host 
Of rebel Angels, by whose aid, aspiring 
To set himself in glory above his peers, 
He trusted to have equalled the Most High, 
If he opposed, and with ambitious aim 
Against the throne and monarchy of God, 
Raised impious war in Heaven and battle proud, 
With vain attempt. Him the Almighty Power 
Hurled headlong flaming from th' ethereal sky, 
With hideous ruin and combustion, down 
T...Read More

by Milton, John
...ample Spirit rests. 
He Heaven of Heavens and all the Powers therein 
By thee created; and by thee threw down 
The aspiring Dominations: Thou that day 
Thy Father's dreadful thunder didst not spare, 
Nor stop thy flaming chariot-wheels, that shook 
Heaven's everlasting frame, while o'er the necks 
Thou drovest of warring Angels disarrayed. 
Back from pursuit thy Powers with loud acclaim 
Thee only extolled, Son of thy Father's might, 
To execute fierce vengeance on h...Read More

by Milton, John
..., and to reject 
Envious commands, invented with design 
To keep them low, whom knowledge might exalt 
Equal with Gods: aspiring to be such, 
They taste and die: What likelier can ensue 
But first with narrow search I must walk round 
This garden, and no corner leave unspied; 
A chance but chance may lead where I may meet 
Some wandering Spirit of Heaven by fountain side, 
Or in thick shade retired, from him to draw 
What further would be learned. Live while ye may, 
Yet ...Read More

by Milton, John
Incensed, and thus securely him defied. 
Proud, art thou met? thy hope was to have reached 
The highth of thy aspiring unopposed, 
The throne of God unguarded, and his side 
Abandoned, at the terrour of thy power 
Or potent tongue: Fool!not to think how vain 
Against the Omnipotent to rise in arms; 
Who out of smallest things could, without end, 
Have raised incessant armies to defeat 
Thy folly; or with solitary hand 
Reaching beyond all limit, at one blow, 
Unaide...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
So greatly to the dogs that you’ll not care 
Much what they find. If this be all you are— 
This unaccountable aspiring insect— 
You’ll sleep as easy in oblivion 
As any sacred monk or parricide;
And if, as you conceive, you are eternal, 
Your soul may laugh, remembering (if a soul 
Remembers) your befrenzied aspiration 
To smear with certain ochres and some oil 
A few more perishable ells of cloth,
And once or twice, to square your vanity, 
Prove it was you alone th...Read More

by Spenser, Edmund
...corned fields bemoan her fall, 
And Gods secure fear not her force at all. 


Nor the swift fury of the flames aspiring, 
Nor the deep wounds of victor's raging blade, 
Nor ruthless spoil of soldiers blood-desiring, 
The which so oft thee, Rome, their conquest made; 
Ne stroke on stroke of fortune variable, 
Ne rust of age hating continuance, 
Nor wrath of Gods, nor spite of men unstable, 
Nor thou oppos'd against thine own puissance; 
Nor th' horrible uproar of wind...Read More

by Wilmot, John
...Image take; 
And this fair frame, in shining Reason drest, 
To dignifie his Nature, above Beast. 
Reason, by whose aspiring influence, 
We take a flight beyond material sense, 
Dive into Mysteries, then soaring pierce, 
The flaming limits of the Universe, 
Search Heav'n and Hell, find out what's acted there, 
And give the World true grounds of hope and fear. 
Hold mighty Man, I cry, all this we know, 
From the Pathetique Pen of Ingello; 
From Patricks Pilgrim, Stilli...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
He would have controverted and dismissed
The benefit of the Greeks. He had heard of them, 
As he had heard of his aspiring soul— 
Never to the perceptible advantage, 
In his esteem, of either. ‘Faith,’ he said, 
Or would have said if he had thought of it,
‘Lives in the same house with Philosophy, 
Where the two feed on scraps and are forlorn 
As orphans after war. He could see stars, 
On a clear night, but he had not an eye 
To see beyond them. He could hear...Read More

by Stevens, Wallace
...eferring text to gloss, he humbly served 
369 Grotesque apprenticeship to chance event, 
370 A clown, perhaps, but an aspiring clown. 
371 There is a monotonous babbling in our dreams 
372 That makes them our dependent heirs, the heirs 
373 Of dreamers buried in our sleep, and not 
374 The oncoming fantasies of better birth. 
375 The apprentice knew these dreamers. If he dreamed 
376 Their dreams, he did it in a gingerly way. 
377 All dreams are vexin...Read More

by Turner Smith, Charlotte
Where the full barn, and cattle fodder'd round
Speak rustic plenty; nor the statelier dome
By dark firs shaded, or the aspiring pine,
Close by the village Church (with care conceal'd
By verdant foliage, lest the poor man's grave
Should mar the smiling prospect of his Lord),
Where offices well rang'd, or dove-cote stock'd,
Declare manorial residence; not these
Or any of the buildings, new and trim
With windows circling towards the restless Sea,
Which ranged in rows, now termi...Read More

by Alcott, Louisa May
For any wild goose chase in search 
Of something undefined. 

Hard times she had as one may guess, 
That young aspiring bird, 
Who still from every fall arose 
Saddened but undeterred. 

She knew she was no nightingale 
Yet spite of much abuse, 
She longed to help and cheer the world, 
Although a plain gray goose 

She could not sing, she could not fly, 
Nor even walk, with grace, 
And all the farmyard had declared 
A puddle was her place. 

But something str...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...y's bloom,Her heart devoted to her husband's tomb;True to his dust, aspiring to the crownOf virtue, in such years but seldom known:With temper'd mail she hid her snowy breast,And with Bellona's helm and nodding crestDespising Cupid's lore, her charms conceal'd,And led the foes of Latium to the fie...Read More

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