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Famous Bestrode Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Benet, Stephen Vincent
...he had one word alone, 
One clod of dirt in their faces thrown, 
"The hemp that shall hang me is not grown!" 

His name bestrode the seas like Death. 
The waters trembled at his breath. 

This is the tale of how he fell, 
Of the long sweep and the heavy swell, 
And the rope that dragged him down to hell. 

The fight was done, and the gutted ship, 
Stripped like a shark the sea-gulls strip, 

Lurched blindly, eaten out with flame, 
Back to the land from where she c...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...portrait in my father's hall 
(The gaunt old Baron with his beetle brow 
Sun-shaded in the heat of dusty fights) 
As he bestrode my Grandsire, when he fell, 
And all else fled? we point to it, and we say, 
The loyal warmth of Florian is not cold, 
But branches current yet in kindred veins.' 
'Are you that Psyche,' Florian added; 'she 
With whom I sang about the morning hills, 
Flung ball, flew kite, and raced the purple fly, 
And snared the squirrel of the glen? are you 
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by Emerson, Ralph Waldo
...e passive Master lent his hand 
To the vast soul that o'er him planned; 
And the same power that reared the shrine  
Bestrode the tribes that knelt within. 50 
Ever the fiery Pentecost 
Girds with one flame the countless host  
Trances the heart through chanting choirs  
And through the priest the mind inspires. 

The word unto the prophet spoken 55 
Was writ on tables yet unbroken; 
The word by seers or sibyls told  
In groves of oak or fanes of gold  
S...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...d. In the bivouacs forlorn 
 Strange sights and gruesome met the breaking morn: 
 Mute were the bugles, while the men bestrode 
 Steeds turned to marble, unheeding the goad. 
 The shells and bullets came down with the snow 
 As though the heavens hated these poor troops below. 
 Surprised at trembling, though it was with cold, 
 Who ne'er had trembled out of fear, the veterans bold 
 Marched stern; to grizzled moustache hoarfrost clung 
 'Neath banners that in leaden...Read More

by Butler, Ellis Parker
...were so “on the blink”
 They had one donk, and only one;
You know the tale—the critic’s squawk
 (As pater that poor ass bestrode)—
“Selfish! To make thy fine son walk!”
 Perhaps that was on Tibur Road?


You will recall how dad got down
 And made the son the ass bestride:—
The critics shouted with a frown:
 “Shame, boy! pray let thy father ride!”
Up got the dad beside the son;
 The donkey staggered with the load
“Poor donk! For shame!” cried every one
 That walked the (wa...Read More

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