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Famous Avernus Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Tebb, Barry

Children - Sheila Pritchard my genius child-poet with

Her roguish eye and high bright voice, drawing skulls

In Avernus and burning white chrysanthemums, teasing me

With her long legs and gold salmon-flecked eyes.

It was a surprise when I made it into Penguin Books;

Michael Horovitz busy then as now and madly idealistic

As me; getting ready for the Albert Hall jamboree,

The rainbow bomb of peace and poetry....Read More

by Pound, Ezra
"Going down the long ladder unguarded,
"I fell against the buttress,
"Shattered the nape-nerve, the soul sought Avernus.
"But thou, O King, I bid remember me, unwept, unburied,
"Heap up mine arms, be tomb by sea-bord, and inscribed:
"A man of no fortune, and with a name to come.
"And set my oar up, that I swung mid fellows."

And Anticlea came, whom I beat off, and then Tiresias Theban,
Holding his golden wand, knew me, and spoke first:
"A second time? why...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
.../SPAN>Seeks, in bright realms above, her parent starFrom grisly Styx and black Avernus far. Macgregor....Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...and self-sufficient might
Led the arch further through the future's night:
Then, too, ye plunged, without a fear,
Into Avernus' ocean black,
And found the vanished life so dear
Beyond the urn, and brought it back.
A blooming Pollux-form appeared now soon,
On Castor leaning, and enshrined in light--
The shadow that is seen upon the moon,
Ere she has filled her silvery circle bright!

Yet higher,--higher still above the earth
Inventive genius never ceased to rise:
Creation...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...R>The Baian shore eastward; her foot she setThere on firm land, and did Avernus leaveOn the one hand, on th' other Sybil's cave;So to Linternus march'd, the village whereThe noble Africane lies buried; thereThe great news of her triumph did appearAs glorious to the eye as to the earRead More

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