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Famous Battling Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Shelley, Percy Bysshe curve, 
Where through an opening of the rocky bank
The waters overflow, and a smooth spot
Of glassy quiet 'mid those battling tides
Is left, the boat paused shuddering.--Shall it sink
Down the abyss? Shall the reverting stress
Of that resistless gulf embosom it?
Now shall it fall?--A wandering stream of wind
Breathed from the west, has caught the expanded sail,
And, lo! with gentle motion between banks
Of mossy slope, and on a placid stream, 
Beneath a woven grove, it ...Read More

by Lanier, Sidney stands
Advanced beyond the foremost of his bands,
And waves his blades upon the very edge
And hottest thicket of the battling hedge.
Thou lustrous stalk, that ne'er mayst walk nor talk,
Still shalt thou type the poet-soul sublime
That leads the vanward of his timid time
And sings up cowards with commanding rhyme --
Soul calm, like thee, yet fain, like thee, to grow
By double increment, above, below;
Soul homely, as thou art, yet rich in grace like thee,
Teaching the ye...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...ighting bravely in defence
Of his household-gods he fell.
Great the victor's glory thence,
He in purpose did excel!
Battling for his altars dear,
Sank that rock, no more to rise;
E'en the foemen will revere
One whose honored name ne'er dies."

Nestor, joyous reveller old,
Who three generations saw,
Now the leaf-crowned cup of gold
Gave to weeping Hecuba.
"Drain the goblet's draught so cool,
And forget each painful smart!
Bacchus' gifts are wonderful,--
Balsam for ...Read More

by Tolkien, J R R
Revealing, uncovering, betraying.
Then sudden Felagund there swaying
Sang in answer a song of staying,
Resisting, battling against power,
Of secrets kept, strength like a tower,
And trust unbroken, freedom, escape;
Of changing and of shifting shape
Of snares eluded, broken traps,
The prison opening, the chain that snaps.
Backwards and forwards swayed their song.
Reeling and foundering, as ever more strong
The chanting swelled, Felagund fought,
And all the magic ...Read More

by Trumbull, John
...g swarms
Increase the pride of rebel arms!
Through every State our legions brave
Speed gallant marches to the grave,
Of battling Whigs the frequent prize,
While rebel trophies stain the skies.
Behold o'er northern realms afar
Extend the kindling flames of war!
See famed St. John's and Montreal
Doom'd by Montgomery's arm to fall!
Where Hudson with majestic sway
Through hills disparted plows his way,
Fate spreads on Bemus' heights alarms,
And pours destruction on our ar...Read More

by Hopkins, Gerard Manley
Nor tears, nor tears this clay uncouth
Could mould, if any tears there were.
A warfare of my lips in truth, 
Battling with God, is now my prayer....Read More

by Edgar, Marriott
...big standard to wave, 
In hopes they'd impress t 'other side.

It were known as the battle o't Standard, 
Though no battling anyone saw,
For with flags in their right hands, the lads couldn't fight, 
And the referee called it a draw.

The next time they met were at Lincoln, 
Where Stephen were properly beat,
At the end of the scrap he were led off a captive, 
With iron balls chained to his feet.

They took him in triumph to Tilda, 
Who, assuming an arrogant mien,
...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton, which Lord forget, but never travelled goats. 

But Jacob knew the ways of stock, for (so the story goes) 
When battling through the Philistines—selectors, I suppose— 
He thought he’d have to fight his way, an awkward sort of job; 
So what did Old Man Jacob do? of course, he split the mob. 

He sent the strong stock on ahead to battle out the way; 
He couldn’t hurry lambing ewes—no more you could to-day— 
And down the road, from run to run, his hand ’gainst every ...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...nced me to spend a week
 In Yard of Scotland Gaol.
So when they kindly set me free
 Please don't think it amiss,
If Battling Bill of Battersea,
 For love of all humanity
 Gives you a kiss....Read More

by Seeger, Alan
...asure, but it was a fruit 
More fair of outward hue than sweet within. 
Renouncing both, a flake in the ferment 
Of battling hosts that conquer or recoil, 
There only, chastened by fatigue and toil, 
I knew what came the nearest to content. 
For there at least my troubled flesh was free 
From the gadfly Desire that plagued it so; 
Discord and Strife were what I used to know, 
Heartaches, deception, murderous jealousy; 
By War transported far from all of these, 
Amid t...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...ring gems of the snow,
And a monster musk-ox bulking black against the blood-red gleam.

I think you would see berg-battling shores, and stammer and halt and stare,
With a sudden sense of the frozen void, serene and vast and still;
And the aching gleam and the hush of dream, and the track of a great white bear,
And the primal lust that surged in you as you sprang to make your kill.

I think you would hear the bull-moose call, and the glutted river roar;
And spy the ho...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz

Oh, it was a soul-harrowing and horrible sight,
To see the brave sailors trying hard with all their might;
Battling furiously with the merciless flames --
With a dozen of hose, but still the fire on them gains. 

At length it became apparent the steamer couldn't be saved,
And the passengers were huddled together, and some of them madly raved;
And the family groups were most touching to see,
Especially husbands and wives embracing each other tenderly. 

Th...Read More

by Arnold, Matthew
...e home through flooded fields foot-travellers go,
Have I not passed thee on the wooden bridge,
Wrapped in thy cloak and battling with the snow,
Thy face tow'rd Hinksey and its wintry ridge?
And thou hast climbed the hill,
And gained the white brow of the Cumner range;
Turned once to watch, while thick the snowflakes fall,
The line of festal light in Christ-Church hall— 
Then sought thy straw in some sequestered grange.

But what—I dream! Two hundred years are flown
Since...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
Nor his, what burning patriots feel, 
The stern exaltedness of zeal, 
Profuse of blood, untired in toil, 
When battling on the parent soil. 
He stood alone — a renegade 
Against the country he betray'd. 
He stood alone amidst his band, 
Without a trusted heart or hand: 
They follow'd him, for he was brave, 
And great the spoil he got and gave; 
They crouch'd to him, for he had skill 
To warp and wield the vulgar will: 
But still his Christian origin 
With the...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...! the vessel sunk, and the boat wouldn't float, 

And before he could recover himself he was struggling in the sea,
And battling with the big waves right manfully,
But his companions sank with the "Union" in the Tay,
Which filled Strachan's heart with sorrow and dismay, 

And after a great struggle he reached the beach,
Fortunately so, which he never expected to reach,
For often he was drawn back by the back-wash,
As the big waves against his body did dash. 

But, when ne...Read More

by Miller, Alice Duer
...n act of courage. Always, Sue. 

The boat-train rattling 
Through the green country-side; 
A girl within it battling 
With her tears and pride. 
The Southampton landing, 
Porters, neat and quick, 
And a young man standing, 
Leaning on his stick. 
'Oh, John, John, you shouldn't 
Have come this long way. . . 
'Did you really think I wouldn't 
Be here to make you stay?'
I can't remember whether
There was much stress and strain,
But presently, toge...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel
...ithin the twilight of the day 
Stands dark Ligeia in her disarray, 
Witchcraft and desperate passion in her breath 
And battling will, that conquers even death? 

And now the evening goes. No man has thrown 
The weary dog his well-earned crust or bone. 
We grin and hie us home and go to sleep, 
Or feast like kings till midnight, drinking deep. 
He drank alone, for sorrow, and then slept, 
And few there were that watched him, few that wept. 
He found the gutter...Read More

by Lindsay, Vachel
...the Russian celestial kaleidoscope,
Flags of liberty, rags and battlesmoke.

Moscow and Chicago!
Come let us praise battling Kerensky,
Bravo! Bravo!
Comrade Kerensky the thunderstorm and rainbow!
Comrade Kerensky, Bravo, Bravo!...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
On some frail bark in winter's midnight roar: 
Thou hast like to a rock-built refuge stood 
Above the blind and battling multitude: 
In honored poverty thy voice did weave 
Songs consecrate to truth and liberty,-- 
Deserting these, thou leavest me to grieve, 
Thus having been, that thou shouldst cease to be....Read More

by Mansfield, Katherine and hail,
Water frozen in the pail.
See the robins, brown and red,
They are waiting to be fed.
Poor dears, battling in the gale!
Hail and ice, and ice and hail....Read More

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