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Famous Bewilderment Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Khayyam, Omar
...All night in deep bewilderment I fret,
With tear-drops big as pearls my breast is wet;
I cannot fill my cranium with wine,
How can it hold wine, when 'tis thus upset?...Read More

by Lawrence, D. H.
...loved, faded moon that set us alight 
Is delivered from us and pays no heed though we moan
In sorrow, since we stand in bewilderment, strange 
And fearful to sally forth down the sky’s long range. 

We may not cry to her still to sustain us here,
We may not hold her shadow back from the dark. 
Oh, let us here forget, let us take the sheer 
Unknown that lies before us, bearing the ark 
Of the covenant onwards where she cannot go. 
Let us rise and leave her now, she...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
 "Let us over countries rove, 
 On our charming steeds content, 
 In the azure light of love, 
 And its sweet bewilderment. 
 "For the charges at our inn, 
 You with maiden smiles shall pay; 
 I the landlord's heart will win 
 In a scholar's pleasant way. 
 "You, great lady—and I, Count— 
 Come, my heart has opened quite, 
 We this tale will still recount, 
 To the stars that shine at night." 
 The melody went on some moments more 
 Among the tree...Read More

by Merwin, W S
...e dying
When you have left the seas nodding on their stalks
Empty of you
Tell him that we were made
On another day

The bewilderment will diminish like an echo
Winding along your inner mountains
Unheard by us
And find its way out
Leaving behind it the future
And ours

When you will not see again
The whale calves trying the light
Consider what you will find in the black garden
And its court
The sea cows the Great Auks the gorillas
The irreplaceable hosts ranged countless
...Read More

by Po, Li
...they were thick as hemp-stalks in the fields.
Phoenix birds circled their cars, and panthers played upon harps.
Bewilderment filled me, and terror seized on my heart.
I lifted myself in amazement, and alas!
I woke and found my bed and pillow—
Gone was the radiant world of gossamer.

So with all pleasures of life.
All things pass with the east-flowing water.
I leave you and go—when shall I return?
Let the white roe feed at will among the green crags,
Le...Read More

by Nemerov, Howard
...your mistakes,
Though for a while at dusk the darkening air 
Will be with many shadows interleaved,
And pierced with a bewilderment of birds....Read More

by Service, Robert William
...ietude, with walls so high and stout,
They shut me in from all the world, and shut the whole world out,
So that its sad bewilderment seems less than true to me:
As placid as a pool I live, as tranquil as a tree;
And all its glory I would give for glint of linnet's wings;
My cabbages are more to me than continents and kings.
Dominion have I of my own, where feud and faction cease,
A heaven of tranquillity, a paradise of peace.


Let continents be bathed in blood and...Read More

by Gibran, Kahlil
...and humanity has restored what greed essayed to take from us. Be not sad, but smile, my beloved. Do not express bewilderment, for Love has power that dispels Death; charm that conquers the enemy. I am your one. Think me not a specter emerging from the House of Death to visit your Home of Beauty. 

"Do not be frightened, for I am now Truth, spared from swords and fire to reveal to the people the triumph of Love over War. I am Word uttering introduction ...Read More

by Gibran, Kahlil
I saw the Nazarene's miracles at the Jordan; 
I was in Medina when Mohammed visited. 
Yet I here I am, prisoner of bewilderment. 

Then I witnessed the might of Babylon; 
I learned of the glory of Egypt; 
I viewed the warring greatness of Rome. 
Yet my earlier teachings showed the 
Weakness and sorrow of those achievements. 

I conversed with the magicians of Ain Dour; 
I debated with the priests of Assyria; 
I gleaned depth from the prophets of Palestine.<...Read More

by Bonnefoy, Yves
...e tossled hair of the goddess,
Beneath the veil of the water
I could see the sad, distracted face of a little girl.
Bewilderment between being and not being,
Hand that is reluctant to touch the mist,
Then I listened as the laughter faded away
In the halls of the empty house.
Here nothing but forever the gift of the dream,
The outstretched hand that does not cross
The fast flowing water where memories vanish....Read More

by Service, Robert William through room after room,
And talked hour after hour,
Of place, crypt and royal tomb,
 Of pomp and power.

But in bewilderment of grace
What pleased me most of all
Were ancient missals proud in place
 In stately hall.
A thousand tomes there were at least,
All luminously bright,
That each a score of years some priest
 Had toiled to write.

Poor patient monk who brushed and penned
From rise to set of sun!
And when his book came to an end,
 His life was done.
W...Read More

by Verhaeren, Emile
...fork off in curves malevolent;
And the sun, ever shifting, ceaseless lends
Fresh aspects to the mirage whither tends

Since the last bolt was forged amid the storm,
The polar Silence at the corners four
Of the wide heather-land has stirred no more.

Old shepherds, whom their hundred years have worn
To things all dislocate and out of gear,
And their old dogs, ragged, tired-out, and torn.
Oft watch It, on the soundless lowlands near,
Or downs of go...Read More

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