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Famous Date Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Brackenridge, Hugh Henry
...doth rise. 
In Antioch the seat of Syrian kings, 
And old Damascus, where Hazael reign'd. 
Now Cappadocia Mithridates' realm, 
And poison-bearing Pontus, whose deep shades 
Were shades of death, admit the light of truth. 
In Asia less seven luminaries rise, 
Bright lights, which with celestial vigour burn, 
And give the day in fullest glory round. 
There Symrna shines, and Thyatira there, 
There Ephesus a sister light appears, 
And Pergamus with kindred glory ...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
...nt the Day.

Be thou the first true Merit to befriend;
His Praise is lost, who stays till All commend;
Short is the Date, alas, of Modern Rhymes;
And 'tis but just to let 'em live betimes.
No longer now that Golden Age appears,
When Patriarch-Wits surviv'd thousand Years;
Now Length of Fame (our second Life) is lost,
And bare Threescore is all ev'n That can boast:
Our Sons their Fathers' failing language see,
And such as Chaucer is, shall Dryden be.
So when the fa...Read More

by Browning, Robert

We stoop and look in through the grate,
See the little porch and rustic door,
Read duly the dead builder's date;
Then cross the bridge that we crossed before,
Take the path again---but wait!


Oh moment, one and infinite!
The water slips o'er stock and stone;
The West is tender, hardly bright:
How grey at once is the evening grown---
One star, its chrysolite!


We two stood there with never a third,
But each by each, as each knew well:
Th...Read More

by Milton, John
To cast the fashion of uncertain evils;
For, grant they be so, while they rest unknown,
What need a man forestall his date of grief,
And run to meet what he would most avoid?
Or, if they be but false alarms of fear,
How bitter is such self-delusion!
I do not think my sister so to seek,
Or so unprincipled in virtue's book,
And the sweet peace that goodness bosoms ever,
As that the single want of light and noise
(Not being in danger, as I trust she is not)
Could stir the cons...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
What their design may be is unknown; but all are commanded
On the morrow to meet in the church, where his Majesty's mandate
Will be proclaimed as law in the land. Alas! in the mean time
Many surmises of evil alarm the hearts of the people."
Then made answer the farmer:--"Perhaps some friendlier purpose
Brings these ships to our shores. Perhaps the harvests in England
By untimely rains or untimelier heat have been blighted,
And from our bursting barns they would f...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...lf perforce around the hearer's mind; 
There he was stamp'd, in liking, or in hate, 
If greeted once; however brief the date 
That friendship, pity, or aversion knew, 
Still there within the inmost thought he grew. 
You could not penetrate his soul, but found 
Despite your wonder, to your own he wound. 
His presence haunted still; and from the breast 
He forced an all-unwilling interest; 
Vain was the struggle in that mental net, 
His spirit seem'd to dare you to forg...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...Hyde and the court again begin to mourn: 
Frequent in council, earnest in debate, 
All arts they try how to prolong its date. 
Grave Primate Sheldon (much in preaching there) 
Blames the last session and this more does fear: 
With Boynton or with Middleton 'twere sweet, 
But with a Parliament abohors to meet, 
And thinks 'twill ne'er be well within this nation, 
Till it be governed by Convocation. 
But in the Thames' mouth still De Ruyter laid; 
The peace not sure, ne...Read More

by Bukowski, Charles
...n all its
but there were parts,
tenous magic parts
open for the

I re formulated
I don't know when,
but the change
something in me
relaxed, smoothed
i no longer had to 
prove that i was a 

I did'nt have to prove

I began to see things:
coffe cups lined up
behind a counter in a 
or a dog walking along
a sidewalk.
or the way the mouse
on my dresser top
stopped there
with its body,
its...Read More

by Frost, Robert our history.
They'd been there then a hundred years or more.
Pity he didn't ask what they were up to
At that date with a wharf already built,
And take their name. They've since told me their name—
Today an honored one in Nottingham.
As for what they were up to more than fishing—
Suppose they weren't behaving Puritanly,
The hour bad not yet struck for being good,
Mankind had not yet gone on the Sabbatical.
It became an explorer of the deep
Not to explore...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...burrowing wolf. 

I see the high-lands of Abyssinia;
I see flocks of goats feeding, and see the fig-tree, tamarind, date, 
And see fields of teff-wheat, and see the places of verdure and gold. 

I see the Brazilian vaquero; 
I see the Bolivian ascending Mount Sorata; 
I see the Wacho crossing the plains—I see the incomparable rider of horses with his lasso
I see over the pampas the pursuit of wild cattle for their hides. 

I see little and large s...Read More

by Shakespeare, William
...more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time tho...Read More

by Cowper, William
...the dead.

I therefore purpose not, or dream,
Descanting on his fate,
To give the melancholy theme
A more enduring date:
But misery still delights to trace
Its semblance in another's case.

No voice divine the storm allay'd,
No light propitious shone;
When, snatch'd from all effectual aid,
We perish'd, each alone:
But I beneath a rougher sea,
And whelm'd in deeper gulfs than he....Read More

by Masefield, John
Kane, keep it, till you've built a better. 
And keep the existing social state; 
I quite agree it's out of date, 
One does too much, another shirks, 
Unjust, I grant; but still. . . it works. 
To get the whole world out of bed 
And washed, and dressed, and warmed, and fed, 
To work, and back to bed again, 
Believe me, Saul, costs worlds of pain. 
Then, as to whether true or sham 
That book of Christ, Whose priest I am; 
The Bible is a lie, say...Read More

by Bridges, Robert Seymour
...'s mischief, once my love's delight,
That drew'st a mortgage on my heart's estate,
Whose baneful clause is never out of date,
Nor can avenging time restore my right:
Whom first to lose sounded that note of spite,
Whereto my doleful days were tuned by fate:
That art the well-loved cause of all my hate,
The sun whose wandering makes my hopeless night: 
Thou being in all my lacking all I lack,
It is thy goodness turns my grace to crime,
Thy fleetness from my goal which holds me ...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
..., or Assignations give,
So long my Honour, Name, and Praise shall live!

What Time wou'd spare, from Steel receives its date,
And Monuments, like Men, submit to Fate!
Steel cou'd the Labour of the Gods destroy,
And strike to Dust th' Imperial Tow'rs of Troy.
Steel cou'd the Works of mortal Pride confound,
And hew Triumphal Arches to the Ground.
What Wonder then, fair Nymph! thy Hairs shou'd feel
The conqu'ring Force of unresisted Steel?

Part 4

BUT anxious Cares the...Read More

by Carroll, Lewis
She said "The More exceeds the Less." 

"A truth of such undoubted weight,"
He urged, "and so extreme in date,
It were superfluous to state." 

Roused into sudden passion, she
In tone of cold malignity:
"To others, yea: but not to thee." 

But when she saw him quail and quake,
And when he urged "For pity's sake!"
Once more in gentle tones she spake. 

"Thought in the mind doth still abide
That is by Intellect supplied,
And within that Idea doth hide...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...h, immortal, proud regret 
In either's eye, as if 'twere less their will 
Than destiny to make the eternal years 
Their date of war, and their 'champ clos' the spheres. 


But here they were in neutral space: we know 
From Job, that Satan hath the power to pay 
A heavenly visit thrice a year or so; 
And that the 'sons of God', like those of clay, 
Must keep him company; and we might show 
From the same book, in how polite a way 
The dialogue is held between the Po...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...h this Arius, *dear
"Give me a plant of thilke* blessed tree, *that
And in my garden planted shall it be."
Of later date of wives hath he read,
That some have slain their husbands in their bed,
And let their *lechour dight them* all the night, *lover ride them*
While that the corpse lay on the floor upright:
And some have driven nails into their brain,
While that they slept, and thus they have them slain:
Some have them given poison in their drink:
He spake more harm than...Read More

by Swift, Jonathan
...ed its use.
St. John, as well as Pultney, knows
That I had some repute for prose;
And till they drove me out of date
Could maul a minister of state.
If they have mortified my pride,
And made me throw my pen aside;
If with such talents Heav'n has blest 'em,
Have I not reason to detest 'em?

To all my foes, dear Fortune, send
Thy gifts; but never to my friend:
I tamely can endure the first;
But this with envy makes me burst.
Thus much may serve by way of proem:
...Read More

by Wordsworth, William
...nbsp;No joyless forms shall regulate  Our living Calendar:  We from to-day, my friend, will date  The opening of the year.   Love, now an universal birth,  From heart to heart is stealing,  From earth to man, from man to earth,  —It is the hour of feeling.   One moment now may give us more  Than fifty years of reason;  Our m...Read More

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