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Famous Bel Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...n, make the carcase a skeleton,
Kite and kestrel, wolf and wolfkin, from the wilderness, wallow in it,
Till the face of Bel be brighten'd, Taranis be propitiated.
Lo their colony half-defended! lo their colony, Camulodune!
There the horde of Roman robbers mock at a barbarous adversary.
There the hive of Roman liars worship a gluttonous emperor-idiot.
Such is Rome, and this her deity: hear it, Spirit of Cassivelaun! 

`Hear it, Gods! the Gods have heard it, O Iceni...Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)
...e repassant aux étapes de sa vie antérieure.
Figurez-vous donc, c’était un sort pénible;
Cependant, ce fut jadis un bel homme, de haute taille....Read More

by Doty, Mark

since their pretense
allowed the passions
released to be--

well, operatic.
It's too much,
to be expected to believe;

art's a mercuried sheen
in which we may discern,
because it is surface,

clear or vague
suggestions of our depths,
Don't we need a word

for the luster
of things which insist
on the fact they're made,

which announce
their maker's bravura?
Favrile, I'd propose,

for the perfect lamp,
too dim and strange
to help us read.

For the kimono woven,
d...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...l mattino,

e 'l sol montava 'n s? con quelle stelle

ch'eran con lui quando l'amor divino

 mosse di prima quelle cose belle;

s? ch'a bene sperar m'era cagione

di quella fiera a la gaetta pelle

 l'ora del tempo e la dolce stagione;

ma non s? che paura non mi desse

la vista che m'apparve d'un leone.

 Questi parea che contra me venisse

con la test'alta e con rabbiosa fame,

s? che parea che l'aere ne tremesse.

 Ed una lupa, che di tutte brame

sembiava carca ne...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
when I first felt compassion for your pain. 

Io era tra color che son sospesi, 
e donna mi chiam? beata e bella, 
tal che di comandare io la richiesi . 

I was among those souls who are suspended; 
a lady called to me, so blessed, so lovely 
that I implored to serve at her command. 

Lucevan li occhi suoi pi? che la stella; 
e cominciommi a dir soave e piana, 
con angelica voce, in sua favella : 

Her eyes surpassed the splendor of the star's; 
and she ...Read More

by Trumbull, John
...ce, in mournful wise,
Pursued the prologue of his sighs.

"Brethren and friends, the glorious band
Of loyalty in rebel land!
It was not thus you've seen me sitting,
Return'd in triumph from town-meeting;
When blust'ring Whigs were put to stand,
And votes obey'd my guiding hand,
And new commissions pleased my eyes;
Blest days, but ah, no more to rise!
Alas, against my better light,
And optics sure of second-sight,
My stubborn soul, in error strong,
Had faith in Hutchinson...Read More

by Rossetti, Christina
My love of you was life and not a breath. 


Amor, che ne la mente mi ragiona. - Dante
Amor vien nel bel viso di costei. - Petrarca

If there be any one can take my place
And make you happy whom I grieve to grieve,
Think not that I can grudge it, but believe
I do commend you to that nobler grace,
That readier wit than mine, that sweeter face;
Yea, since your riches make me rich, conceive
I too am crown'd, while bridal crowns I weave,
And thread the brid...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...e mirabil cosa
mi torse il viso a s?; e per? quella
cui non potea mia cura essere ascosa,
 volta ver' me, s? lieta come bella,
«Drizza la mente in Dio grata», mi disse,
«che n'ha congiunti con la prima stella».
 Parev'a me che nube ne coprisse
lucida, spessa, solida e pulita,
quasi adamante che lo sol ferisse.
 Per entro s? l'etterna margarita
ne ricevette, com'acqua recepe
raggio di luce permanendo unita.
 S'io era corpo, e qui non si concepe
com'una dimensione a...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...chi miei ricominciò diletto,
tosto ch'io usci' fuor de l'aura morta
che m'avea contristati li occhi e 'l petto.
 Lo bel pianeto che d'amar conforta
faceva tutto rider l'oriente,
velando i Pesci ch'erano in sua scorta.
 I' mi volsi a man destra, e puosi mente
a l'altro polo, e vidi quattro stelle
non viste mai fuor ch'a la prima gente.
 Goder pareva 'l ciel di lor fiammelle:
oh settentrional vedovo sito,
poi che privato se' di mirar quelle!
 Com'io da loro sguardo ...Read More

by Milton, John

Donna leggiadra il cui bel nome honora
L'herbosa val di Rheno, e il nobil varco,
Ben e colui d'ogni valore scarco
Qual tuo spirto gentil non innamora,
Che dolcemente mostra si di fuora
De suoi atti soavi giamai parco,
E i don', che son d'amor saette ed arco,
La onde l' alta tua virtu s'infiora.
Quando tu vaga parli, O lieta canti
Che mover possa duro alpestre legno, 
Guardi ci...Read More

by Milton, John

Qual in colle aspro, al imbrunir di sera
L'avezza giovinetta pastorella
Va bagnando l'herbetta strana e bella
Che mal si spande a disusata spera
Fuor di sua natia alma primavera,
Cosi Amor meco insu la lingua snella
Desta il fior novo di strania favella,
Mentre io di te, vezzosamente altera,
Canto, dal mio buon popol non inteso
E'l bel Tamigi cangio col bel Arno 
Amor lo volse, ed io a l'altrui peso
Seppi ch' Amor cosa mai volse indarno.
Deh! foss' il mio ...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...SONNET CCXIX. In quel bel viso, ch' i' sospiro e bramo. ON LAURA PUTTING HER HAND BEFORE HER EYES WHILE HE WAS GAZING ON HER.  On the fair face for which I long and sighMine eyes were fasten'd with desire intense.When, to my fond ...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...SONNET CXXXVII. Più volte già dal bel sembiante umano. LOVE UNMANS HIS RESOLUTION.  Oft as her angel face compassion wore,With tears whose eloquence scarce fails to move,With bland and courteous speech, I boldly stroveRead More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...SONNET I. Oimè il bel viso! oimè il soave sguardo! ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DEATH OF LAURA.  Woe for the 'witching look of that fair face!The port where ease with dignity combined!Woe for those accents, that each savage mind...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...SONNET XLII. Zefiro torna, e 'l bel tempo rimena. RETURNING SPRING BRINGS TO HIM ONLY INCREASE OF GRIEF.  Zephyr returns; and in his jocund trainBrings verdure, flowers, and days serenely clear;Brings Progne's twitter, Philomel's lorn strai...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...SONNET XV. Discolorato hai, Morte, il più bel volto. HER PRESENCE IN VISIONS IS HIS ONLY CONSOLATION.  Death, thou of fairest face hast 'reft the hue,And quench'd in deep thick night the brightest eyes,[Pg 247]Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von

What! dost thou think thyself undone,
Because thy rights are shared with one!
O, happy man--be more resigned,
My wife belongs to all mankind!
My wife--she's found abroad--at home;
But cross the Alps and she's at Rome;
Sail to the Baltic--there you'll find her;
Lounge on the Boulevards--kind and kinder:
In short, you've only just to drop
Where'er they sell the last new tale,
And, bound and lettered in the shop,
You'll find my lady up for sale!

She must her fair proportions ...Read More

by Benet, Stephen Vincent pools of seething oil. . . . 
How merry 
Those little devils are! They've stolen the pitchfork 
From Bel, there, as he slept . . . Look! -- oh look, look! 
They've got at Nero! Oh it isn't fair! 
Lord, how he squeals! Stop it . . . it's, well -- indecent! 
But funny! . . . See, Bel's waked. They'll catch it now! 

. . . Eternally that stifling reek arises, 
Blotting the dome with smoky, terrible towers, 
B...Read More

by Lazarus, Emma
...the outlaw's ban, the yoke, the rod, 
With perfect patience. Empires rose and fell, 
Around him Nebo was adored and Bel; 
Edom was drunk with victory, and trod 
On his high places, while the sacred sod 
Was desecrated by the infidel. 
His faith proved steadfast, without breach or flaw, 
But now the last renouncement is required. 
His truth prevails, his God is God, his Law 
Is found the wisdom most to be desired. 
Not his the glory! He, maligned, misknown, 
Bo...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...hom you Heav'n should disesteem?
"Ah, no! and 'twould more Honour prove
"He your Devoto were, then Love.

Here live beloved, and obey'd:
Each one your Sister, each your Maid.
"And, if our Rule seem strictly pend,
"The Rule it self to you shall bend.
"Our Abbess too, now far in Age,
"Doth your succession near presage.
"How soft the yoke on us would lye,
"Might such fair Hands as yours it tye!

"Your voice, the sweetest of the Quire,
"Shall draw Heav'n nearer, r...Read More

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