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Famous Autocratic Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Auden, Wystan Hugh (W H)
...ut our lack of faith,our dishonest mood of denial,the concupiscence of the oppressor. If some traces of the autocratic pose,the paternal strictness he distrusted, stillclung to his utterance and features,it was a protective coloration for one who'd lived among enemies so long:if often he was wrong and, at times, absurd,to us he is no more a personnow but a whole climate of opinion under whom we conduct our different lives:Like w...Read More

by Whittier, John Greenleaf
...following where the teamsters led, 
The wise old Doctor went his round, 
Just pausing at our door to say, 
In the brief autocratic way 
Of one who, prompt at Duty's call 
Was free to urge her claim on all, 
That some poor neighbor sick abed 
At night our mother's aid would need. 
For, one in generous thought and deed 
What mattered in the sufferer's sight 
The Quaker matron's inward light, 
The Doctor's mail of Calvin's creed? 
All hearts confess the saints elect 
Who, tw...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...or lower Recognition
Than Her Omnipotent --

This Mortal Abolition
Is seldom -- but as fair
As Apparition -- subject
To Autocratic Air --

Eternity's disclosure
To favorites -- a few --
Of the Colossal substance
Of Immortality...Read More

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