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Famous Bequeathed Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Thomas, Dylan
...All that I owe the fellows of the grave
And all the dead bequeathed from pale estates
Lies in the fortuned bone, the flask of blood,
Like senna stirs along the ravaged roots.
O all I owe is all the flesh inherits,
My fathers' loves that pull upon my nerves,
My sisters tears that sing upon my head
My brothers' blood that salts my open wounds

Heir to the scalding veins that hold love's drop,
My fallen filled, ...Read more of this...

by Gregory, Rg
...uits to come down to
before ecstasy and soaring can yield
the unimaginable answers sustaining
the longings all born are bequeathed...Read more of this...

by Browning, Robert
...t my feet,
So he breathed but air I breathed,
I, too, at love's brim
Touched the sweet:
I would die if death bequeathed
Sweet to him.


``Speak, I love thee best!''
He exclaimed:
``Let thy love my own foretell!''
I confessed:
``Clasp my heart on thine
``Now unblamed,
``Since upon thy soul as well
``Hangeth mine!''


Was it wrong to own,
Being truth?
Why should all the giving prove
His alone?
I had wealth and ease,
Beauty, youth:
Since my lover ga...Read more of this...

by Moore, Thomas
...oh, be the Shamrock of Erin forgot 
While you add to your garland the Olive of Spain. 

If the fame of our fathers, bequeathed with their rights, 
Give to country its charm, and to home its delights; 
If deceit be a wound, and suspicion a stain, 
Then, ye men of Iberia, our cause is the same! 
And oh! may his tomb want a tear and a name, 
Who would ask for a nobler, a holier death, 
Than to turn his last sigh into victory's breath, 
For the Shamrock of Erin and the Olive ...Read more of this...

by McKay, Claude

But lo, there was a miracle at dawn! 
The still air stirred at touch of the faint breeze, 
The sun a sheet of gold bequeathed the lawn, 
The songsters twittered in the rustling trees. 
And all things were transfigured in the day, 
But me whom radiant beauty could not move; 
For you, more wonderful, were far away, 
And I was blind with hunger for your love....Read more of this...

by Browning, Robert
...od, of lapis lazuli,
Big as a Jew's head cut off at the nape,
Blue as a vein o'er the Madonna's breast
Sons, all have I bequeathed you, villas, all,
That brave Frascati villa with its bath,
So, let the blue lump poise between my knees,
Like God the Father's globe on both his hands
Ye worship in the Jesu Church so gay,
For Gandolf shall not choose but see and burst!
Swift as a weaver's shuttle fleet our years:
Man goeth to the grave, and where is he?
Did I say basalt for my sl...Read more of this...

by Byron, George (Lord)
...quake to hear,
And leave his sons a hope, a fame,
They too will rather die than shame:
For Freedom's battle once begun,
Bequeathed by bleeding Sire to Son,
Though baffled oft is ever won.
Bear witness, Greece, thy living page!
Attest it many a deathless age!
While Kings, in dusty darkness hid,
Have left a namesless pyramid,
Thy Heroes, though the general doom
Hath swept the column from their tomb,
A mightier monument command,
The mountains of thy native land!
There points...Read more of this...

by Swift, Jonathan
...may we all for death prepare!
What has he left? and who's his heir?" - 
"I know no more that what the news is:
'Tis all bequeathed to public uses." - 
"To public use! A perfect whim!
What had the public done for him?
Mere envy, avarice, and pride:
He gave it all -but first he died.
And had the Dean, in all the nation,
No worthy friend, no poor relation?
So ready to do strangers good,
Forgetting his own flesh and blood!"

Now Grub Street wits are all employed;
With ele...Read more of this...

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