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Famous Attributes Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Kilmer, Joyce
...weetly staining it
As the pressure of her body has graciously given it form.
Loving her, Monsignore,
I love all her attributes;
But I believe
That even if I did not love her
I would love the blueness of her eyes,
And her blue garment, made in the manner of the Japanese.
I have never before troubled you with a request.
The saints whose ears I chiefly worry with my pleas
are the most exquisite and maternal Brigid,
Gallant Saint Stephen, who puts fire in ...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
Throbs rapture thro' each palpitating vein, 
Wings the rapt thought, and warms the fertile brain; 
To her the noblest attributes of Heav'n, 
Ambition, valour, eloquence, are giv'n. 
She binds the soldier's brow with wreaths sublime, 
From her, expanding reason learns to climb,
To her the sounds of melody belong, 
She wakes the raptures of the Poet's song; 
'Tis god-like Freedom bids each passion live, 
That truth may boast, or patriot virtue give; 
From her, the Arts en...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...than the audible words. 

Amelioration is one of the earth’s words; 
The earth neither lags nor hastens;
It has all attributes, growths, effects, latent in itself from the jump; 
It is not half beautiful only—defects and excrescences show just as much as

The earth does not withhold, it is generous enough; 
The truths of the earth continually wait, they are not so conceal’d either; 
They are calm, subtle, untransmissible by print;
They are imbued ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...s me rise and go my way." 
 How fair her glorious features shine, 
 Whereon the hand of God hath set 
 An angel's attributes divine, 
 With all a woman's sweetness met. 
 Above the old man's couch of woe 
 She bows her forehead, pure and even. 
 There's nothing fairer here below, 
 There's nothing grander up in heaven, 
 Than when caressingly she stands 
 (The cold hearts wakening 'gain their beat), 
 And holds within her holy hands 
 The little children'...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
The burnish'd quiver, golden dart, 
And each vain emblem of his art; 
Borne from his pow'r they now are seen, 
The attributes of BEAUTY'S QUEEN! 
While LOVE in secret hides his tears; 
DIAN the form of VENUS wears!...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...beginnings, up at last 
To man—the consummation of this scheme 
Of being, the completion of this sphere 
Of life: whose attributes had here and there 
Been scattered o’er the visible world before, 
Asking to be combined, dim fragments meant 
To be united in some wondrous whole, 
Imperfect qualities throughout creation, 
Suggesting some one creature yet to make, 
Some point where all those scattered rays should meet 
Convergent in the faculties of man....Read More

by Gregory, Rg
...r it's not been seen
before - and then it's gone bringing
a frisson to an altered room
and in a stuttering frenzy dusty
attributes are tried to resurrect
a glimpse of what it's like inside

a truth (the glow a glow-worm makes)
this is not (not much) what happens
there's serious concern and banter
there's opacity there's chit-chat
diversions and derailings from
a line some avalanche has blocked
(what a fine pass through the mountains)
poetry and fidgets are blood-brothers

it'...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
And of himself in higher place,
If so he type this work of time

Within himself, from more to more;
Or, crown'd with attributes of woe
Like glories, move his course, and show
That life is not as idle ore,

But iron dug from central gloom,
And heated hot with burning fears,
And dipt in baths of hissing tears,
And batter'd with the shocks of doom

To shape and use. Arise and fly
The reeling Faun, the sensual feast;
Move upward, working out the beast,
And let the ape and ...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
His bristling locks of sable, brow of gloom, 
And the wide waving of his shaken plume, 
Glanced like a spectre's attributes, and gave 
His aspect all that terror gives the grave. 


'Twas midnight — all was slumber; the lone light 
Dimm'd in the lamp, as loth to break the night. 
Hark! there be murmurs heard in Lara's hall — 
A sound — voice — a shriek — a fearful call! 
A long, loud shriek — and silence — did they hear 
That frantic echo burst the sl...Read More

by Chatterton, Thomas
...d Mored, 
Laid in the dust, and number'd with the dead. 
Dear are their memories to us, and long, 
Long shall their attributes be known in song. 
Their lives were transient as the meadow flow'r. 
Ripen'd in ages, wither'd in an hour. 
Chalma, reward them in his gloomy cave, 
And open all the prisons of the grave. 
Bred to the service of the godhead's throne, 
And living but to serve his God alone, 
Narva was beauteous as the opening day 
When on the spangl...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...s them.

Beautiful women, the haughtiest nations, laws, the landscape, people, animals, 
The profound earth and its attributes, and the unquiet ocean, (so tell I my morning’s

All enjoyments and properties, and money, and whatever money will buy, 
The best farms—others toiling and planting, and he unavoidably reaps, 
The noblest and costliest cities—others grading and building, and he domiciles there;
Nothing for any one, but what is for him—near and far are fo...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...ER play; 
While at his stedfast gaze, the LION crouch'd subdued! 

From age to age on FAME's bright roll, 
Thy glorious attributes have shone!
Thy influence soothes the soldier's pain, 
Whether beneath the freezing pole, 
Or basking in the torrid zone, 
Upon the barren thirsty plain. 
Led by thy firm and daring hand, 
O'er wastes of snow, o'er burning sand, 
INTREPID TARLETON chas'd the foe, 
And smil'd in DEATH's grim face, and brav'd his with'ring blow! 

When late on C...Read More

by Freneau, Philip
Unbounded space is His great range;
To one vast purpose always true,
No time, with Him, is old or new.

In all the attributes divine
Unlimited perfectings shine;
In these enwrapt, in these complete,
All virtues in that centre meet.

This power doth all powers transcend,
To all intelligence a friend,
Exists, the greatest and the best
Throughout all the worlds, to make them blest.

All that He did He first approved,
He all things into being loved;
O'er all He made ...Read More

by Milton, John
...nd there take root an island salt and bare, 
The haunt of seals, and orcs, and sea-mews' clang: 
To teach thee that God attributes to place 
No sanctity, if none be thither brought 
By men who there frequent, or therein dwell. 
And now, what further shall ensue, behold. 
He looked, and saw the ark hull on the flood, 
Which now abated; for the clouds were fled, 
Driven by a keen north-wind, that, blowing dry, 
Wrinkled the face of deluge, as decayed; 
And the clear sun...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...duced from a little seed sown! 
Resting the grass amid and upon,
To be lean’d, and to lean on. 

Strong shapes, and attributes of strong shapes—masculine trades, sights and sounds; 
Long varied train of an emblem, dabs of music; 
Fingers of the organist skipping staccato over the keys of the great organ. 

Welcome are all earth’s lands, each for its kind;
Welcome are lands of pine and oak; 
Welcome are lands of the lemon and fig; 
Welcome are lands of gold; 
Welcome...Read More

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...muses' lyre,
In varying cadence, eloquently chaste!
Well may the mind, with tuneful numbers grac'd,
To Fame's immortal attributes aspire,
Above the treach'rous spells of low desire,
That wound the sense, by vulgar joys debas'd.
For thou, blest POESY! with godlike pow'rs
To calm the miseries of man wert giv'n;
When passion rends, and hopeless love devours,
By mem'ry goaded, and by frenzy driv'n,
'Tis thine to guide him 'midst Elysian bow'rs,
And shew his fainting soul,--a...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...or arm, is still universal in the East. The Koorsee (throne) verse in the second chapter of the Koran describes the attributes of the Most High, and is engraved in this manner, and worn by the pious, as the most esteemed and sublime of all sentences. 

(27) "Comboloio," a Turkish rosary. The MSS., particularly those of the Persians, are richly adorned and illuminated. The Greek females are kept in utter ignorance; but many of the Turkish girls are highly a...Read More

by Blake, William
Poor spiritual knowledge is not worth a button 
For thus the Gospel Sir Isaac confutes: 
‘God can only be known by His attributes; 
And as for the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, 
Or of Christ and His Father, it’s all a boast 
And pride, and vanity of the imagination, 
That disdains to follow this world’s fashion.’ 
To teach doubt and experiment 
Certainly was not what Christ meant. 
What was He doing all that time, 
From twelve years old to manly prime? 
Was He then i...Read More

by Shapiro, Karl
...ike in the brimming sun,
Going nowhere and scooping up the light.
It is the silver tree, the holy tree,
Tree of all attributes.

 Now on the lawn
The olives fall by thousands, and I delight
To shed my tennis shoes and walk on them,
Pressing them coldly into the deep grass,
In love and reverence for the total loss....Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...if 'Wat Tyler,' are something so stupendous as to form the sublime of himself — containing the quintessence of his own attributes. 

So much for his poem — a word on his preface. In this preface it has pleased the magnanimous Laureate to draw the picture of a supposed 'Satanic School,' the which he doth recommend to the notice of the legislature; thereby adding to his other laurels, the ambition of those of an informer. If there exists anywhere, except in his ima...Read More

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