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Famous Attacks Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Plath, Sylvia
...; there is a formality --
The flowers vivid as bandages, and the man mending.
They bow and stand : they suffer such attacks!

And the octogenarian loves the little flocks.
He is quite blue; the terrible wind tries his breathing.
The narcissi look up like children, quickly and whitely....Read More

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
That mighty Bastions keep you from the feild,
Think not tho' lodg'd in Mons, or in Namur,
You're from my dangerous attacks secure.
No, Louis shall his falling Conquests fear, 
When by succeeding Courriers he shall hear
Appollo, and the Muses, are drawn down,
To storm each fort, and take in ev'ry Town. 
Vauban, the Orphean Lyre, to mind shall call,
That drew the stones to the old Theban Wall,
And make no doubt, if itt against him play,
They, from his works, will f...Read More

by Whitman, Walt; 
We stand self-pois’d in the middle, branching thence over the world; 
From Missouri, Nebraska, or Kansas, laughing attacks to scorn. 

Nothing is sinful to us outside of ourselves,
Whatever appears, whatever does not appear, we are beautiful or sinful in ourselves only. 

(O mother! O sisters dear! 
If we are lost, no victor else has destroy’d us; 
It is by ourselves we go down to eternal night.) 

Have you thought there could be but a single Supreme?
There...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...Roach, foulest of creatures,
who attacks with yellow teeth
and an army of cousins big as shoes,
you are lumps of coal that are mechanized
and when I turn on the light you scuttle
into the corners and there is this hiss upon the land.
Yet I know you are only the common angel
turned into, by way of enchantment, the ugliest.
Your uncle was made into an apple.
Your aunt was made int...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
...rogue! will think your price too much."
"Not, sir, if you revise it, and retouch."
All my demurs but double his attacks;
At last he whispers, "Do; and we go snacks."
Glad of a quarrel, straight I clap the door,
"Sir, let me see your works and you no more."

'Tis sung, when Midas' ears began to spring,
(Midas, a sacred person and a king)
His very minister who spied them first,
(Some say his queen) was forc'd to speak, or burst.
And is not mine, my friend, a...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...had their way. 
 Couch-grass and ivy, and wild eglantine 
 In subtle scaling warfare all combine. 
 Subject to such attacks three hundred years, 
 The donjon yields, and ruin now appears, 
 E'en as by leprosy the wild boars die, 
 In moat the crumbled battlements now lie; 
 Around the snake-like bramble twists its rings; 
 Freebooter sparrows come on daring wings 
 To perch upon the swivel-gun, nor heed 
 Its murmuring growl when pecking in their greed 
 The mulbe...Read More

by Owen, Wilfred
.... .
We only know war lasts, rain soaks, and clouds sag stormy.
Dawn massing in the east her melancholy army
Attacks once more in ranks on shivering ranks of gray,
 But nothing happens.

Sudden successive flights of bullets streak the silence.
Less deadly than the air that shudders black with snow,
With sidelong flowing flakes that flock, pause and renew,
We watch them wandering up and down the wind's nonchalance,
 But nothing happens.


Pale flake...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...I DREAM’D in a dream, I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of

I dream’d that was the new City of Friends; 
Nothing was greater there than the quality of robust love—it led the rest; 
It was seen every hour in the actions of the men of that city, 
And in all their looks and words. 5...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...but pump him full of lead: 
But when you're fighting Johhny Boer you have to use your head; 
He don't believe in front attacks or charging at the run, 
He fights you from a kopje with his little Maxim gun. 
For when the Lord He made the earth, it seems uncommon clear, 
He gave the job of Africa to some good engineer, 
Who started building fortresses on fashions of his own -- 
Lunettes, redoubts, and counterscarps all made of rock and stone. 
The Boer need only bring ...Read More

by Hamer, Forrest father was driving our family
from Ft. Hood to North Carolina in our 56 Buick.
We'd been hearing about Klan attacks, and we knew

Mississippi to be more dangerous than usual.
Dark lay hanging from the trees the way moss did,
and when it moaned light against the windows
that night, my father pulled off the road to sleep.

that usually woke me from rest afraid of monsters
kept my father awake that night, too,
and I lay in the quiet noticing him liste...Read More

by Trumbull, John
...en at fires in town.
Then with three shouts that tore the sky,
'Tis consecrate to Liberty.
To guard it from th' attacks of Tories,
A grand Committee cull'd of four is;
Who foremost on the patriot spot,
Had brought the flip, and paid the shot.

By this, M'Fingal with his train
Advanced upon th' adjacent plain,
And full with loyalty possest,
Pour'd forth the zeal, that fired his breast.

"What mad-brain'd rebel gave commission,
To raise this May-pole of sediti...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...e Columbia

Sons of the Mother of All! you shall yet be victorious! 
You shall yet laugh to scorn the attacks of all the remainder of the earth.

No danger shall balk Columbia’s lovers; 
If need be, a thousand shall sternly immolate themselves for one. 

One from Massachusetts shall be a Missourian’s comrade; 
From Maine and from hot Carolina, and another, an Oregonese, shall be friends triune, 
More precious to each other than all the riches of the ...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard
...f them.

 So I'd catch them and deport them to a yard across the

 street, where nine old ladies probably had heart attacks and

 died from finding those snakes in their toothbrushes. Fortu-

 n ately, I was never around when their bodies were taken awa!

 I'd clean the blackberry hushes out of the lilac hushes.

 Once in a while she'd give me some lilacs to take home and

 they were always fine-looking lilacs, and I always felt good,

 Walking down the street, ho...Read More

by Ashbery, John
...ushing through the museum now so as to
Be out by closing time. You can't live there.
The gray glaze of the past attacks all know-how:
Secrets of wash and finish that took a lifetime
To learn and are reduced to the status of
Black-and-white illustrations in a book where colorplates
Are rare. That is, all time
Reduces to no special time. No one
Alludes to the change; to do so might
Involve calling attention to oneself
Which would augment the dread of not getting...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...interior, and all
These shall be masters of the world under a new power, 
They shall laugh to scorn the attacks of all the remainder of the world.

The most dauntless and rude shall touch face to face lightly, 
The dependence of Liberty shall be lovers, 
The continuance of Equality shall be comrades. 

These shall tie and band stronger than hoops of iron, 
I, extatic, O partners! O lands! henceforth with the love of lovers tie you....Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...h courage unshaken,
Until the tower of Hougemont was in a blaze but still it remained untaken. 

By these desperate attacks Napoleon lost ten thousand men,
And left them weltering in their gore like sheep in a pen;
And the British lost one thousand men-- which wasn't very great,
Because the great Napoleon met with a crushing defeat. 

The advance of Napoleon on the right was really very fine,
Which was followed by a general onset upon the British line,
In which three ...Read More

by Kinnell, Galway
...undle of hair
harvested from the rear ends of horses--like a whetted
scimitar she is about to draw across a throat,
and attacks. In a back alley a cat opens 
her pink-ceilinged mouth, gets netted
in full yowl, clubbed, bagged, bicycled off, haggled open,
gutted, the gut squeezed down to its highest pitch,
washed, sliced into cello strings, which bring
an ancient screaming into this duet of hair and gut.
Now she is flying--tossing back the goblets
of Saint-Amour standi...Read More

by Lowell, Amy as in panic lest she drown.
Softly he laughed, "One hour through the town
By moonlight! That's no place for foul attacks.
Dearest, be comforted, and clear that troubled brow.

One hour, Dear, and then, no more alone.
We front another day as man and wife.
I shall be back almost before I'm gone,
And midnight shall anoint and crown our life."
Then through the gate he passed. Along the street
She watched his buttons gleaming in the moon.
He s...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...they fill 
The ranks unthinn'd, though slaughter'd still: 
And faint the weary Christians wax 
Before the still renew'd attacks: 
And now the Othmans gain the gate; 
Still resists its iron weight, 
And still, all deadly aim'd and hot, 
From every crevice comes the shot; 
From every shatter'd window pour 
The volleys of the sulphurous shower: 
But the portal wavering grows and weak — 
The iron yields, the hinges creak — 
It bends — and falls — and all is o'er; 
Lost Corinth ma...Read More

by Tebb, Barry
...tured down,

Or would they, too, be vain?

O for the secret anima of Leeds girlhood

A thousand times better than snide attacks in the TLS

By ‘JC’. **** you, Jock, you should be ashamed,

Attacking Brenda Williams, who had a background

Worse than yours, an alcoholic schizophrenic father

And an Irish immigrant mother who died when Brenda was fifteen

But still she managed to read Proust on her day off

As a library girl, turned down by David Jenkins,

‘As rising star of...Read More

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