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Famous Attachment Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Clampitt, Amy
...t-thronged, root-snelled moss, grass 
and clover tuffet underneath it, 
edges frazzled raw

but, like our own prolonged attachment, holding. 
Whatever moral lesson might commend itself, 
there's no use drawing one, 
there's nothing here

to seize on as exemplifying any so-called virtue 
(holding on despite adversity, perhaps) or 
any no-more-than-human tendency—
stubborn adherence, say,

to a wholly wrongheaded tenet. Though to 
hold on in any case means taking less a...Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)


There are three conditions which often look alike
Yet differ completely, flourish in the same hedgerow:
Attachment to self and to things and to persons, detachment
From self and from things and from persons; and, growing between them, indifference
Which resembles the others as death resembles life,
Being between two lives—unflowering, between
The live and the dead nettle. This is the use of memory:
For liberation—not less of love but expanding
Of love beyo...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...the life that does not exhibit itself, yet contains all the rest, 
Resolv’d to sing no songs to-day but those of manly attachment, 
Projecting them along that substantial life, 
Bequeathing, hence, types of athletic love, 
Afternoon, this delicious Ninth-month, in my forty-first year,
I proceed, for all who are, or have been, young men, 
To tell the secret of my nights and days, 
To celebrate the need of comrades....Read More

by Lehman, David
...t is it about the Abyss 
that tempts the young poet to kiss 
the air and head for the nearest cliff? This 
unreasonable attachment to the bliss 
of falling -- what accounts for it? Unlike the hiss 
announcing a reptilian presence, the word Abyss 
creates the object of our dread: it exists, it is, 
widening like the gulf between whis- 
key and wine, and we, drunk on neither, miss 
the days when we, too, tumbled headlong out of heaven, pissed...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...2> Voglia mi sprona; Amor mi guida e scorge. HE DESCRIBES HIS STATE, SPECIFYING THE DATE OF HIS ATTACHMENT.  Passion impels me, Love escorts and leads,Pleasure attracts me, habits old enchain,Hope with its flatteries comforts me again,And, at my harass'd heart, with fond touch pleads.Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco> S' onesto amor può meritar mercede. HE PRAYS THAT, IN REWARD FOR HIS LONG AND VIRTUOUS ATTACHMENT, SHE WILL VISIT HIM IN DEATH.  If Mercy e'er rewardeth virtuous love,If Pity still can do, as she has done,I shall have rest, for clearer than the sunMy lady and the world my faith approve...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...of time, and when he talks of the boundless, means half a mile; as the latter, by a like figure, when she says eternal attachment, simply specifies three weeks. 

(24) Before his Persian invasion, and crowned the altar with laurel, &c. He was afterwards imitated by Caracalla in his race. It is believed that the last also poisoned a friend, named Festus, for the sake of new Patroclan games. I have seen the sheep feeding on the tombs of ?sietes and Antilochos: ...Read More

by Moore, Thomas
...Green Isle, and his love is recorded 
In hearts which have suffer'd too much to forget; 
And hope shall be crown'd, and attachment rewarded, 
And Erin's gay jubileee shine out yet. 
The gem may be broke 
By many a stroke, 
But nothing can cloud its native ray; 
Each fragment will cast 
A light to the last -- 
And thus, Erin, my country, though broken thou art, 
There's lustre wiithin thee, that ne'er will decay; 
A spirit which beams through each suffering part, 
And now ...Read More

by Lawrence, D. H.
...nd's enterprise.
  They all do clothe my ungrowing life
  With a rich, a thrilled young clasp of life;
  A clutch of attachment, like parenthood,
  Mounts up to my heart, and I find it good.

And I lift my head upon the troubled tangled world, and though the pain
Of living my life were doubled, I still have this to comfort and
I have such swarming sense of lives at the base of me, such sense of
Clustering upon me, reaching up, as each after the other...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...Manhattan’s crowds, as you pass’d with your cortege of
There in the crowds stood I, and singled you out with attachment; 
I know not why, but I loved you... (and so go forth little song, 
Far over sea speed like an arrow, carrying my love all folded,
And find in his palace the youth I love, and drop these lines at his feet;) 
—Nor forget I to sing of the wonder, the ship as she swam up my bay, 
Well-shaped and stately the Great Eastern swam up my bay, s...Read More

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