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Famous Assumption Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Larkin, Philip
...ning. I fell stale, 
Stupified, by inaction - and, as light 
Begins to ebb outside, by fear, I set 
So much on this Assumption. Now it's failed....Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...e way, 
Invincibly. Others who might have given
A welcome even to him, or I’ll suppose so— 
Adorning an unfortified assumption 
With gold that might come off with afterthought— 
Got never, if anything, more out of him 
Than a word flung like refuse in their faces,
And rarely that. For God knows what good reason, 
He lavished his whole altered arrogance 
On me; and with an overweening skill, 
Which had sometimes almost a cringing in it, 
Found a few flaws in my tight m...Read More

by Larkin, Philip
When the chance sight

Of a girl doing her laundry in the steerage
Ramifies endlessly.
This is being young,
Assumption of the startled century

Like new store clothes,
The huge decisions printed out by feet
Inventing where they tread,
The random windows conjuring a street....Read More

by Ammons, A R
cricket ****, elk (high plains) ****, and

tiny scribbled little shrew ****, whale **** (what
a sight, deep assumption), mandril **** (blazing
blast off), weasel **** (wiles' waste), gazelle ****,

magpie **** (total protein), tiger **** (too acid
to contemplate), moral eel and manta ray ****, eerie
shark ****, earthworm **** (a soilure), crab ****,

wolf **** upon the germicidal ice, snake ****, giraffe
**** that accelerates, secretary bird ****, turtle
**** susp...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
And you’ll have mine, moreover. No, not yet. 
If I assume too many privileges, 
I pay, and I alone, for their assumption;
By which, if I assume a darker knowledge 
Of Norcross than another, let the weight 
Of my injustice aggravate the load 
That is not on your shoulders. When I came 
To know this fellow Norcross in his house,
I found him as I found him in the street— 
No more, no less; indifferent, but no better. 
‘Worse’ were not quite the word: he was not...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...The Butterfly's Assumption Gown
In Chrysoprase Apartments hung
This afternoon put on --

How condescending to descend
And be of Buttercups the friend
In a New England Town --...Read More

by Aiken, Conrad
Happily so for us, by accident:
We go our ways untroubled save by laws
Of natural things.' Who makes the more assumption?

If we were wise—which God knows we are not—
(Notice I call on God!) we'd plumb this riddle
Not in the world we see, but in ourselves.
These brains of ours—these delicate spinal clusters—
Have limits: why not learn them, learn their cravings?
Which of the two minds, yours or mine, is sound?
Yours, which scorned the world that gave it freedom,...Read More

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