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Famous Aureole Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Bishop, Elizabeth
The pigs stuck out their little feet and snored.
The lantern--like the sun, going away--
laid on the mud a pacing aureole.
Carrying a bucket along a slimy board,
he felt the bats' uncertain staggering flight,
his shuddering insights, beyond his control,
touching him. But it took him a long time
finally to make up his mind to go home....Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
More daring, more intrepid than of old.
The passing years had touched and turned to gold
The ever widening aureole of fame
That shone upon his brow, and glorified his name.

Wise men make laws, then turn their eyes away, 
While fools and knaves ignore them day by day; 
And unmolested, fools and knaves at length
Induce long wars which sap a country's strength.
The sloth of leaders, ruling but in name, 
Has dragged full many a nation down to sham...Read More

by Chesterton, G K

I cannot count the sands or search the seas,
Death cometh, and I leave so much untrod.
Grant my immortal aureole, O my God,
And I will name the leaves upon the trees,

In heaven I shall stand on gold and glass,
Still brooding earth's arithmetic to spell;
Or see the fading of the fires of hell
Ere I have thanked my God for all the grass....Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...ough the trellised vines and draw my soul
In sweet reluctance through the tangled green;
Some other head must wear that aureole,
For I am hers who loves not any man
Whose white and stainless bosom bears the sign Gorgonian.

Let Venus go and chuck her dainty page,
And kiss his mouth, and toss his curly hair,
With net and spear and hunting equipage
Let young Adonis to his tryst repair,
But me her fond and subtle-fashioned spell
Delights no more, though I could win her deare...Read More

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
...year of manhood swept
Down the steep darkness, and our father wept.
And from the gleam of Apollonian tears
A holier aureole rounds your memories, kept
Most fervent-fresh of all the singing spheres,
And April-coloured through all months and years.XXVIII

You twain fate spared not half your fiery span;
The longer date fulfils the lesser man.
Ye from beyond the dark dividing date
Stand smiling, crowned as gods with foot on fate.
For stronger was your blessing th...Read More

by Hugo, Victor knew, 
 Pure as the new-formed snow; 
 Thy feet are still unstained by this world's mire, 
 Thy golden locks like aureole of fire 
 Circle thy cherub brow! 
 Dove of our ark, thine angel spirit flies 
 On azure wings forth from thy beaming eyes. 
 Though weak thine infant feet, 
 What strange amaze this new and strange world gives 
 To thy sweet virgin soul, that spotless lives 
 In virgin body sweet. 
 Oh, gentle face, radiant with happy smile, 
 And eag...Read More

by Seeger, Alan's desire, as stars around their pole. 
Round thee all earthly loveliness beside 
Is but the radiate, infinite aureole. 

Thou art the poem on the cosmic page -- 
In rubric written on its golden ground -- 
That Nature paints her flowers and foliage 
And rich-illumined commentary round. 

Thou art the rose that the world's smiles and tears 
Hover about like butterflies and bees. 
Thou art the theme the music of the spheres 
Echoes in endless, variant har...Read More

by Nicolson, Adela Florence Cory
...the lingering red,
   While your hair the breezes ruffle, turns to silver in the twilight,
   And makes a fair faint aureole round your head.

   Far away towards the sunset I can see a narrow river,
   That unwinds itself in red tranquillity;
   I can hear its rippled meeting, and the gurgle of its greeting,
   As it mingles with the loved and long sought sea.

   In the purple sky above me showing dark against the starlight,
   Long wavering flights of homeward b...Read More

by Seeger, Alan
...Of the freaked flag and meadow buttercup, 
Bend till thine image from the pool beam up 
Arched with blue heaven like an aureole. 
See how adorable in fancy then 
Lives the fair face it mirrors even so, 
O thou whose beauty moving among men 
Is like the wind's way on the woods below, 
Filling all nature where its pathway lies 
With arms that supplicate and trembling sighs....Read More

by Verhaeren, Emile
Sonorous, pure and crystalline!
Let his radiance fall
On my heart nocturnal and make it shine
In the wheeling aureole of his sword!

Let the wind's soft silvern whispers sound
And ring his coat of mail around,
His battle-spurs amid the fight!
—He—the St. George—who shines so bright
And comes, 'mid the wailings of my desire.
To seize and lift my poor hands higher
Toward his dauntless valour's fire!

Like a cry great with faith, to God
His lance St. Geo...Read More

by Rossetti, Christina
...nd drank a sea,
Athirst with thirst it could not slake.
I saw him, drunk with knowledge, take
From aching brows the aureole crown--
His locks writhe like a cloven snake--
He left his throne to grovel down
And lick the dust of Seraphs' feet;
For what is knowledge duly weighed?
Knowledge is strong, but love is sweet;
Yea, all the progress he had made
Was but to learn that all is small
Save love, for love is all in all.

I tell you what I dreamed last night:
It was not d...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...been where the rain is now, 
Bees in the heat to hum, 
Haply a humming maiden came, 
Now let the deluge come: 
Brown of aureole, green of garb, 
Straight as a golden rod, 
Drink to the throne of thunder now! 
Drink to the wrath of God. 

High in the wreck I held the cup, 
I clutched my rusty sword, 
I cocked my tattered feather 
To the glory of the Lord. 
Not undone were the heaven and earth, 
This hollow world thrown up, 
Before one man had stood up straight, 
And dr...Read More

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
...rible sights and sounds of the unreached pole,
And shrill fierce climes of inconsolable air,
Shining below the beamless aureole
That hangs about the north-wind's hurtling hair,
A comet-lighted lamp, sublime and sole
Dawn of the dayless heaven where suns despair;
Earth, skies, and waters, smitten into soul,
Feel the hard veil that iron centuries wear
Rent as with hands in sunder,
Such hands as make the thunder
And clothe with form all substance and strip bare;
Shapes, shadows,...Read More

by Verhaeren, Emile
...ur rise.

Gently and very slowly swayed.
The wind a wordless rhapsody
Sings—and the shimm'ring air doth braid
An aureole of filigree
Round every disk with emerald laid.

Even the shade is but a flight
Toward flickering radiances, that slip
From space to space; and now the light
Sleeps, with calmed rays, upon the lip
Of lilac-blossoms golden-white....Read More

by Verhaeren, Emile
...s where silence inviolate doth deep;
An ardent nimbus hovers o'er yon horizons far.

See, from Nadir to Zenith one aureole doth reach!
Of yore, the souls exalted by faith's high mysteries
Saw, in the domination of those star-clouded skies,
Jehovah's hand resplendent and heard His silent speech.

But now the eyes that scan them no longer may there aspire
To we some god self-banished—not so, but the intricate
Tangle of marvellous problems, the messengers that wait...Read More

by Coleridge, Mary Elizabeth
...bereft of loveliness. 
It had no envy now to hide 
What once no man on earth could guess. 
It formed the thorny aureole 
Of hard, unsanctified distress. 

Her lips were open - not a sound 
Came though the parted lines of red, 
Whate'er it was, the hideous wound 
In silence and secret bled. 
No sigh relieved her speechless woe, 
She had no voice to speak her dread. 

And in her lurid eyes there shone 
The dying flame of life's desire, 
Made mad because its ...Read More

by Russell, George William
Music as for one departing, joy as for a king,
Sound and swell, and hark! above him cymbals triumphing.
Fire, an aureole encircling, suns his brow with gold,
Like to one who hails the morning on the mountains old.
Open mightier vistas, changing human loves to scorns,
And the spears of glory pierce him like a crown of thorns.
High and yet more high to freedom as a bird he springs,
And the aureole outbreathing, gold and silver wings
Plume the brow and crown the s...Read More

by Stevens, Wallace
...out of a petty phrase,
Out of a thing believed, a thing affirmed:
The form on the pillow humming while one sleeps,
The aureole above the humming house...
It can never be satisfied, the mind, never....Read More

by Russell, George William
...WHERE are now the dreams divine,
Fires that lit the dawning soul,
As the ruddy colours shine
Through an opal aureole?

Moving in a joyous trance,
We were like the forest glooms
Rumorous of old romance,
Fraught with unimagined dooms.

Titans we or morning stars,
So we seemed in days of old,
Mingling in the giant wars
Fought afar in deeps of gold.

God, an elder brother dear,
Filled with kindly light our thought:
Many a radiant form was near
Whom our heart...Read More

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