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Famous Betokens Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Juana Inés de la Cruz, Sor

    can you wonder my love sought you out?
Why need I stress that I'm true,
when every one of your features
betokens my enslavement?

    Turn your eyes toward yourself
and you'll find in yourself and in them
not only occasion for love
but compulsion to surrender.

    Meanwhile my tender care
bears witness I only live
to gaze at you spellbound and sigh,
to prove that for you I die.

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    Divina Lysi mía:
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by Brecht, Bertolt
...Indeed I live in the dark ages!
A guileless word is an absurdity. A smooth forehead betokens
A hard heart. He who laughs
Has not yet heard
The terrible tidings.

Ah, what an age it is
When to speak of trees is almost a crime
For it is a kind of silence about injustice!
And he who walks calmly across the street,
Is he not out of reach of his friends
In trouble?

It is true: I earn my living
But, believe me, it is only an accident.Read more of this...

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