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Famous Encouraging Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Dryden, John
If David's rule Jerusalem displease,
The Dog-star heats their brains to this disease.
Why then should I, encouraging the bad,
Turn rebel, and run popularly mad?
Were he a tyrant who, by lawless might,
Oppress'd the Jews, and rais'd the Jebusite,
Well might I mourn; but nature's holy bands
Would curb my spirits, and restrain my hands:
The people might assert their liberty;
But what was right in them, were crime in me.
His favour leaves me nothing to require;...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...what wants checking, 
In peace, out of him speaks the spirit of peace, large, rich, thrifty, building populous
 encouraging agriculture, arts, commerce, lighting the study of man, the Soul, health,
 immortality, government; 
In war, he is the best backer of the war—he fetches artillery as good as the
 engineer’s—he can make every word he speaks draw blood; 
The years straying toward infidelity, he withholds by his steady faith,
He is no argurer, he is judgment—(Nature...Read more of this...

by Justice, Donald
...hin is the dark wood,
Or wound no torn shirt can entirely bandage,
But the sad hand returns to it in secret
Repeatedly, encouraging the bandage
To speak of that other world we might have borne,
The lost world buried before it could be born.

Burchfield describes the pinched white souls of violets
Frothing the mouth of a derelict old mine
Just as an evil August night comes down,
All umber, but for one smudge of dusky carmine.
It is the sky of a peculiar sadness—
The ...Read more of this...

by Petrarch, Francesco
...SONNET VII. La gola e 'l sonno e l' oziose piume. TO A FRIEND, ENCOURAGING HIM TO PURSUE POETRY.  Torn is each virtue from its earthly throneBy sloth, intemperance, and voluptuous ease;E'en nature deviates from her wonted ways,Too much the slave of vicious custo...Read more of this...

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...nd he said, "It's a great trial and must give you pain,
But I see you are willing to help her all you can."
But the encouraging words was not lost upon the Irishman. 

"Thrial!" he echoed, "Don't mintion it, yer honour,
But the blessing of God rest upon her.
Poor crathur, she's good barrin' this one fault,
And by any one I don't like to hear her miscault." 

"What was the reason of her taking to drink?"
"Bless yer honour, that's jest what I oftentimes think,
S...Read more of this...

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