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Famous Endurance Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Browning, Robert

Foul be the world or fair
More or less, how can I care?
'Tis the world the same
For my praise or blame,
And endurance is easy there.
Wrong in the one thing rare---
Oh, it is hard to bear!


Here's the spring back or close,
When the almond-blossom blows:
We shall have the word
In a minor third
There is none but the cuckoo knows:
Heaps of the guelder-rose!
I must bear with it, I suppose.


Could but November come,
Were the noisy birds str...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...reaking snow 
And had the world-wide air to breathe again,— 
Though I had seen the tremor of his mouth 
And honored the endurance of his hand—
Whether or not, securely closeted 
Up there in the stived haven of his den, 
The man sat laughing at me; and I felt 
My teeth grind hard together with a quaint 
Revulsion—as I recognize it now—
Not only for my Captain, but as well 
For every smug-faced failure on God’s earth; 
Albeit I could swear, at the same time, 
That there were te...Read More

by Ashbery, John
...d-away no-color of regions supposed
Not to concern us. And so we too
Came where the others came: nights of physical endurance,
Or if, by day, our behavior was anarchically
Correct, at least by New Brutalism standards, all then
Grew taciturn by previous agreement. We were spirited 
Away en bateau, under cover of fudge dark.
It's not the incomplete importunes, but the spookiness
Of the finished product. True, to ask less were folly, yet
If he is the result of hi...Read More

by Russell, George William
...HE bent above: so still her breath
What air she breathed he could not say,
Whether in worlds of life or death:
So softly ebbed away, away,
The life that had been light to him,
So fled her beauty leaving dim
The emptying chambers of his heart
Thrilled only by the pang and smart,
The dull and throbbing agony
That suffers still, yet knows not why.
Love’s ...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Patience; accomplish thy labor; accomplish thy work of affection!
Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike.
Therefore accomplish thy labor of love, till the heart is made godlike,
Purified, strengthened, perfected, and rendered more worthy of heaven!"
Cheered by the good man's words, Evangeline labored and waited.
Still in her heart she heard the funeral dirge of the ocean,
But with its sound there was mingled a voice that whispered, ...Read More

by Chesterton, G K again out of the west. 
We have set the seal of Solomon on all things under sun, 
Of knowledge and of sorrow and endurance of things done. 
But a noise is in the mountains, in the mountains, and I know 
The voice that shook our palaces--four hundred years ago: 
It is he that saith not 'Kismet'; it is he that knows not Fate; 
It is Richard, it is Raymond, it is Godfrey at the gate! 
It is he whose loss is laughter when he counts the wager worth, 
Put down your feet ...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
On the grave of all the lies that we shall never have to tell; 
We shall dance among the ruins of the tomb of our endurance, 
And I have not a doubt that we shall do it very well. 
There!—I’m glad you’ve put it back; for I don’t like it. Shut the drawer now. 
No—no—don’t cancel anything. I’ll dance until I drop.
I can’t walk yet, but I’m going to…. Go away somewhere, and leave me…. 
Oh, you children! Oh, you children!…God, will they never sto...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...ood was passed; 'twas more than noon,
But chill the air, although in June;
Or it might be my veins ran cold -
Prolonged endurance tames the bold;
And I was then not what I seem,
But headlong as a wintry stream,
And wore my feelings out before
I well could count their causes o'er:
And what with fury, fear, and wrath,
The tortures which beset my path,
Cold, hunger, sorrow, shame, distress, 
Thus bound in nature's nakedness;
Sprung from a race whose rising blood
When stirred bey...Read More

by Rilke, Rainer Maria
...t trembles as reflected in my eyes,
but in itself strong;
inexhaustible creation, dominant,
enduring beyond the earth's endurance;

Night, full of newly created stars that leave
trails of fire streaming from their seams
as they soar in inaudible adventure
through interstellar space:

how, overshadowed by your all-embracing vastness,
I appear minute!---
Yet, being one with the ever more darkening earth,
I dare to be in you....Read More

by Milton, John
...of adverse, 
We can create, and in what place soe'er 
Thrive under evil, and work ease out of pain 
Through labour and endurance. This deep world 
Of darkness do we dread? How oft amidst 
Thick clouds and dark doth Heaven's all-ruling Sire 
Choose to reside, his glory unobscured, 
And with the majesty of darkness round 
Covers his throne, from whence deep thunders roar. 
Mustering their rage, and Heaven resembles Hell! 
As he our darkness, cannot we his light 
Imitat...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...d trees 
Outside a jail-yard, am I wrong 
If now I sing him a new song? 
Your world is in yourself, my friend,
For your endurance to the end; 
And all the Peace there is on Earth 
Is faith in what your world is worth, 
And saying, without any lies, 
Your world could not be otherwise.” 

“One might say that and then be shot,” 
I told him; and he said: “Why not?” 
I ceased, and gave him rather more 
Than he was counting of my store. 
“And since I have it, thanks to you,...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...l is capable of
 and emitting in steady and limitless floods. 

O the mother’s joys!
The watching—the endurance—the precious love—the anguish—the patiently
 yielded life. 

O the joy of increase, growth, recuperation; 
The joy of soothing and pacifying—the joy of concord and harmony. 

O to go back to the place where I was born! 
To hear the birds sing once more!
To ramble about the house and barn, and over the fields, once more, 
And through the orc...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
And strengthen Man with his own mind;
But baffled as thou wert from high,
Still in thy patient energy,
In the endurance, and repulse
Of thine impenetrable Spirit,
Which Earth and Heaven could not convulse,
A mighty lesson we inherit:
Thou art a symbol and a sign
To Mortals of their fate and force;
Like thee, Man is in part divine,
A troubled stream from a pure source;
And Man in portions can foresee
His own funereal destiny;
His wretchedness, and his resistance,
And...Read More

by Spenser, Edmund
...all you ever read? 
Hope ye that ever immortality 
So mean harp's work may challenge for her mead? 
If under heaven any endurance were, 
These monuments, which not in paper writ, 
Put in porphyry and marble do appear, 
Might well have hop'd to have obtained it. 
Na th' less my lute, whom Phoebus deigned to give, 
Cease not to sound these old antiquities: 
For if that time do let thy glory live, 
Well mayst thou boast, how ever base thou be, 
That thou art first, which of ...Read More

by Orlovsky, Peter
Whats the use of liveing if I cant make paradise in my own 
For this drop of time upon my eyes
like the endurance of a red star on a cigerate
makes me feel life splits faster than sissors.
I know if I could shave myself the bugs around my face would 
 disappear forever.
The holes in my shues are only temporary, I understand that.
My rug is dirty but whose that isent?
There comes a time in life when everybody must take a piss in 
 the sink -here let...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...passage—the burial waits no longer. 

Allons! yet take warning! 
He traveling with me needs the best blood, thews, endurance; 
None may come to the trial, till he or she bring courage and health.

Come not here if you have already spent the best of yourself; 
Only those may come, who come in sweet and determin’d bodies; 
No diseas’d person—no rum-drinker or venereal taint is permitted here. 

I and mine do not convince by arguments, similes, rhymes; 
We convince ...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...n he see 
That has no eyes to see? And as for music, 
He paid with empty wonder for the pangs 
Of his infrequent forced endurance of it; 
And having had no pleasure, paid no more
For needless immolation, or for the sight 
Of those who heard what he was never to hear. 
To see them listening was itself enough 
To make him suffer; and to watch worn eyes, 
On other days, of strangers who forgot
Their sorrows and their failures and themselves 
Before a few mysterious odds and ...Read More

by Rilke, Rainer Maria
straining, uncomplaining, by not breaking
but succeeding, even though the burden
should at times seem almost past endurance.
Not to falter! Not to be found wanting!

Thus must it be, when willingly you strive
throughout a long and uncomplaining life,
committed to one goal: to give yourself!
And silently to grow and to bear fruit....Read More

by Ali, Muhammad
...talks a great deal and brags, indeed. 
Of a powerful punch and blinding speed. 
Ali fights great, he's got speed and endurance. 
If you sign to fight him, increase your insurance. 
Ali's got a left, Ali's got a right; 
If he hits you once, you're asleep for the night ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...woman that is not tallied in you; 
There is no virtue, no beauty, in man or woman, but as good is in you; 
No pluck, no endurance in others, but as good is in you;
No pleasure waiting for others, but an equal pleasure waits for you. 

As for me, I give nothing to any one, except I give the like carefully to you; 
I sing the songs of the glory of none, not God, sooner than I sing the songs of the glory

Whoever you are! claim your own at any hazard! 
These s...Read More

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