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Famous Atrabilious Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Trumbull, John

"Yet black with sins, would spoil a mitre,
Rail ye at faults by ten tints whiter?
And, stuff'd with choler atrabilious,
Insult us here for peccadilloes?
While all your vices run so high
That mercy scarce could find supply:
And should you offer to repent,
You'd need more fasting days than Lent,
More groans than haunted church-yard vallies,
And more confessions than broad-alleys.
I'll show you all at fitter time,
Th' extent and greatness of your crime,
And here...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...seeing all things for the best, 
Incite futurity to do the rest.

Or with an even likelihood, 
He may have met with atrabilious eyes 
The fires of time on equal terms and passed 
Indifferently down, until at last 
His only kind of grandeur would have been,
Apparently, in being seen. 
He may have had for evil or for good 
No argument; he may have had no care 
For what without himself went anywhere 
To failure or to glory, and least of all
For such a stale, flamboyant m...Read More

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