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Famous Bestrides Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Drayton, Michael
...d;
It would have made a man afear'd,
To see how he was moiled.
A new adventure him betides:
He met an ant, which he bestrides,
And post thereon away he rides,
Which with his haste doth stumble,
And came full over on her snout,
Her heels so threw the dirt about,
For she by no means could get out,
But over him doth tumble.
And being in this piteous case,
And all beslurried head and face,
On runs he in this wildgoose chase;
As here and there he rambles,
Half-blind, again...Read More



by Hugo, Victor
...in rightful purple are arrayed, 
 The prideful vanquisher, like vanquished, fade. 
 Death grins as he the fallen man bestrides— 
 And less of faults than of his glories hides. 
 
 THE SEVENTH SPHINX. 
 
 The time is come for Belus' tomb to fall, 
 Long has been ruined its high granite wall; 
 And its cupola, sister of the cloud, 
 Has now to lowest mire its tall head bowed. 
 The herdsman comes to it to choose the stones 
 To build a hut, and overturns the bones,...Read More

by Cowper, William
...Hark! 'tis the twanging horn! O'er yonder bridge,
That with its wearisome but needful length
Bestrides the wintry flood, in which the moon
Sees her unwrinkled face reflected bright,
He comes, the herald of a noisy world,
With spatter'd boots, strapp'd waist, and frozen locks;
News from all nations lumb'ring at his back.
True to his charge, the close-pack'd load behind,
Yet careless what he brings, his one concern
Is to conduct it to the destin'd...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...The eldest son bestrides him,
And the pretty daughter rides him,
And I meet him oft o' mornings on the Course;
And there kindles in my bosom
An emotion chill and gruesome
As I canter past the Undertaker's Horse.

Neither shies he nor is restive,
But a hideously suggestive
Trot, professional and placid, he affects;
And the cadence of his hoof-beats
To my mind this grim ...Read More

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