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Famous Augustan Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Dickinson, Emily
...If pain for peace prepares
Lo, what "Augustan" years
Our feet await!

If springs from winter rise,
Can the Anemones
Be reckoned up?

If night stands fast -- then noon
To gird us for the sun,
What gaze!

When from a thousand skies
On our developed eyes
Noons blaze!...Read More



by Alighieri, Dante
...bred 
 In Mantua, till my youthful steps were led 
 To Rome, where yet the false gods lied to man; 
 And when the great Augustan age began, 
 I wrote the tale of Ilium burnt, and how 
 Anchises' son forth-pushed a venturous prow, 
 Seeking unknown seas. But in what mood art thou 
 To thus return to all the ills ye fled, 
 The while the mountain of thy hope ahead 
 Lifts into light, the source and cause of all 
 Delectable things that may to man befall?" 

 I answered, "Ar...Read More

by Smart, Christopher
...adow thicker by candlelight by reason of his pow'r over malignant fire. 

For the Romans clipped their words in the Augustan thro idleness and effeminacy and paid foreign actors for speaking them out. 

For when the weight and the pow'r are equivalent the prop is of none effect. 

For shaving of the beard was an invention of the people of Sodom to make men look like women. 

For the ends of the world are the accomplishment of great events, and the consummation...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
..."The Mother Hive"-- Actions and Reactions

A Farmer of the Augustan Age
Perused in Virgil's golden page
The story of the secret won
From Proteus by Cyrene's son--
How the dank sea-god showed the swain
Means to restore his hives again.
More briefly, how a slaughtered bull
Breeds honey by the bellyful.

The egregious rustic put to death
A bull by stopping of its breath,
Disposed the carcass in a shed
With frag...Read More

by Field, Eugene
...Cinna, the great Venusian told
In songs that will not die
How in Augustan days of old
Your love did glorify
His life and all his being seemed
Thrilled by that rare incense
Till, grudging him the dreams he dreamed,
The gods did call you hence.

Cinna, I've looked into your eyes,
And held your hands in mine,
And seen your cheeks in sweet surprise
Blush red as Massic wine;
Now let the songs in Cinna's praise
Be chanted o...Read More



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