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Famous Astound Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Milton, John
...ues that syllable men's names
On sands and shores and desert wildernesses.
These thoughts may startle well, but not astound
The virtuous mind, that ever walks attended
By a strong siding champion, Conscience.
O, welcome, pure-eyed Faith, white-handed Hope,
Thou hovering angel girt with golden wings,
And thou unblemished form of Chastity!
I see ye visibly, and now believe
That He, the Supreme Good, to whom all things ill
Are but as slavish officers of vengeance,
Would ...Read More



by Hugo, Victor
...the trap with noiseless, gentle care; 
 And puts in order everything around, 
 So that, on waking, naught should her astound. 
 
 "No drop of blood the thing has cost," mused he, 
 "And that is best indeed." 
 
 But suddenly 
 Some distant bells clang out. The mountains gray 
 Have scarlet tips, proclaiming dawning day; 
 The hamlets are astir, and crowds come out— 
 Bearing fresh branches of the broom—about 
 To seek their Lady, who herself awakes 
 Rosy as mor...Read More

by Plath, Sylvia
...head a moon
Of Japanese paper, my gold beaten skin
Infinitely delicate and infinitely expensive.

Does not my heat astound you. And my light.
All by myself I am a huge camellia
Glowing and coming and going, flush on flush.

I think I am going up,
I think I may rise ----
The beads of hot metal fly, and I, love, I

Am a pure acetylene
Virgin
Attended by roses,

By kisses, by cherubim,
By whatever these pink things mean.
Not you, nor him.

Not him, nor h...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...feel,
     Headlong to plunge himself below,
     And meet the worst his fears foreshow?—
     Thus Ellen, dizzy and astound,
     As sudden ruin yawned around,
     By crossing terrors wildly tossed,
     Still for the Douglas fearing most,
     Could scarce the desperate thought withstand,
     To buy his safety with her hand.
     XXXII.

     Such purpose dread could Malcolm spy
     In Ellen's quivering lip and eye,
     And eager rose to speak,—but ere
   ...Read More

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