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Famous European Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Hammad, Suheir
...him grip tight
through hair wool
his head all that's 
left of her

in tunisia
she folds pay up into stocking
washes his european semen
off her head
hands her heart to god
and this month's rent to mother
sings berber the gold
haired one favored me, rode
and ripped my flesh, i now
have food to eat

brooklyn lover
stumbles—streets ragged under sneakers
she carries her heart
banged up against
thighs crying ghetto
look, look what's been done with
my flesh, my trust, humanity,
some...Read More



by Murray, Les
...r> To these, at this
moment in the painting's growth, my course is slant 
but my eye is on them. To relax, to speak European....Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...Beautiful city

Beautiful city, the centre and crater of European confusion,
O you with your passionate shriek for the rights of an equal
humanity,
How often your Re-volution has proven but E-volution
Roll’d again back on itself in the tides of a civic insanity!...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...ts met with praise. 
 The ancient hierarch in those old days 
 Had custom strange, a now forgotten thing, 
 It was a European plan that King 
 Of France was marquis, and th' imperial head 
 Of Germany was duke; there was no need 
 To class the other kings, but barons they, 
 Obedient vassals unto Rome, their stay. 
 The King of Poland was but simple knight, 
 Yet now, for once, had strange unwonted right, 
 And, as exception to the common state, 
 This one Sarmatia...Read More

by Pinsky, Robert
...A monosyllabic European called Sax
Invents a horn, walla whirledy wah, a kind of twisted
Brazen clarinet, but with its column of vibrating
Air shaped not in a cylinder but in a cone
Widening ever outward and bawaah spouting
Infinitely upward through an upturned
Swollen golden bell rimmed
Like a gloxinia flowering
In Sax's Belgian imagination

And in the unfathomable matrix...Read More



by Ginsberg, Allen
...n *******, cried all over the street, 
 danced on broken wineglasses barefoot smashed 
 phonograph records of nostalgic European 
 1930s German jazz finished the whiskey and 
 threw up groaning into the bloody toilet, moans 
 in their ears and the blast of colossal steam 
 whistles, 
who barreled down the highways of the past journeying 
 to each other's hotrod-Golgotha jail-solitude 
 watch or Birmingham jazz incarnation, 
who drove crosscountry seventytwo hours to find out ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...skies,
Breadths of tropic shade and palms in cluster, knots of Paradise. 

Never comes the trader, never floats an European flag,
Slides the bird o'er lustrous woodland, swings the trailer from the crag; 

Droops the heavy-blossom'd bower, hangs the heavy-fruited tree--
Summer isles of Eden lying in dark-purple spheres of sea. 

There methinks would be enjoyment more than in this march of mind,
In the steamship, in the railway, in the thoughts that shake mankind....Read More

by Trumbull, John
...en his magic labors cease,
Lie buried in eternal peace.


Now view the scenes, in future hours,
That wait the famed European powers.
See, where yon chalky cliffs arise,
The hills of Britain strike your eyes;
Its small extension long supplied
By full immensity of pride;
So small, that had it found a station
In this new world, at first creation,
Or doom'd by justice, been betimes
Transported over for its crimes,
We'd find full room for't in lake Erie, or
That larger wat...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...inish’d the days, the clouds dispell’d, 
The travail o’er, the long-sought extrication, 
When lo! reborn, high o’er the European world,
(In gladness, answering thence, as face afar to face, reflecting ours, Columbia,) 
Again thy star, O France—fair, lustrous star, 
In heavenly peace, clearer, more bright than ever, 
Shall beam immortal....Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...ey are forever bawling! let an idiot or
 insane person appear on each of the stands! 
Let the Asiatic, the African, the European, the American, and the Australian, go armed
 against
 the murderous stealthiness of each other! let them sleep armed! let none believe in good
 will! 
Let there be no unfashionable wisdom! let such be scorn’d and derided off from the
 earth! 
Let a floating cloud in the sky—let a wave of the sea—let growing mint, spinach,
 onions, tomatoes—let these...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...d in hand over the whole earth, from east to west, as they lie unclothed, 
The Asiatic and African are hand in hand—the European and American are hand in hand, 
Learn’d and unlearn’d are hand in hand, and male and female are hand in hand, 
The bare arm of the girl crosses the bare breast of her lover—they press close
 without
 lust—his lips press her neck,
The father holds his grown or ungrown son in his arms with measureless love, and the son
 holds
 the
 father in his arms ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...s and engineers, 
The far-off Assyrian edifice and Mizra edifice, 
The Roman lictors preceding the consuls,
The antique European warrior with his axe in combat, 
The uplifted arm, the clatter of blows on the helmeted head, 
The death-howl, the limpsey tumbling body, the rush of friend and foe thither, 
The siege of revolted lieges determin’d for liberty, 
The summons to surrender, the battering at castle gates, the truce and parley;
The sack of an old city in its time, 
The b...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...;
Repeat at Jerusalem—place the notice high on Jaffa’s gate, and on Mount Moriah; 
The same on the walls of your Gothic European Cathedrals, and German, French and Spanish
 Castles; 
For know a better, fresher, busier sphere—a wide, untried domain awaits, demands you. 

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Responsive to our summons, 
Or rather to her long-nurs’d inclination,
Join’d with an irresistible, natural gravitation, 

She comes! this famous Female—as was indeed to be expected; 
(For who, so-ever yo...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...UT of the murk of heaviest clouds, 
Out of the feudal wrecks, and heap’d-up skeletons of kings, 
Out of that old entire European debris—the shatter’d mummeries, 
Ruin’d cathedrals, crumble of palaces, tombs of priests, 
Lo! Freedom’s features, fresh, undimm’d, look forth—the same immortal face
 looks
 forth;
(A glimpse as of thy mother’s face, Columbia, 
A flash significant as of a sword, 
Beaming towards thee.) 

Nor think we forget thee, Maternal; 
Lag’d’st thou so long...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...ng hand to hand,
And at length the Sepoys fled from the enclosure, panic-stricken and irate,
Alas! leaving behind their European comrades to their fate. 

The Berkshires were now reduced to little more than one hundred men,
Who were huddled together like sheep in a pen;
But they broke loose from the enclosure, and back to back,
Poured volley after volley in the midst of the enemy, who weren't slack. 

And one by one they fell, still the men fought without dismay,
And ...Read More

by Blake, William
...untains of Ararat. 

Then the thunders of Urizen bellow'd aloud 
From his woven darkness above. 

Orc raging in European darkness 
Arose like a pillar of fire above the Alps 
Like a serpent of fiery flame! 
The sullen Earth 
Shrunk! 

Forth from the dead dust rattling bones to bones 
Join: shaking convuls'd the shivring clay breathes 
And all flesh naked stands: Fathers and Friends; 
Mothers & Infants; Kings & Warriors: 

The Grave shrieks with delight, & shakes 
Her ...Read More

by Hikmet, Nazim
...only Platonic love

and here I've loved rivers all this time
whether motionless like this they curl skirting the hills
European hills crowned with chateaus
or whether stretched out flat as far as the eye can see
I know you can't wash in the same river even once
I know the river will bring new lights you'll never see
I know we live slightly longer than a horse but not nearly as long as a crow
I know this has troubled people before
 and will trouble those after me
I know all t...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...liberty, be discharged from that part of the
 earth, 
And the infidel come into full possession. 

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Then courage! European revolter! revoltress!
For, till all ceases, neither must you cease. 

I do not know what you are for, (I do not know what I am for myself, nor what anything is
 for,)

But I will search carefully for it even in being foil’d, 
In defeat, poverty, misconception, imprisonment—for they too are great. 

Revolt! and the bullet for tyrants!
Did we ...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...rted!
Travels Waring East away?
Who, of knowledge, by hearsay,
Reports a man upstarted
Somewhere as a God,
Hordes grown European-hearted,
Millions of the wild made tame
On a sudden at his fame?
In Vishnu-land what Avatar?
Or who, in Moscow, toward the Czar,
With the demurest of footfalls
Over the Kremlin's pavement, bright
With serpentine and syenite,
Steps, with five other generals,
That simultaneously take snuff,
For each to have pretext enough
To kerchiefwise unfurl his sa...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...marching by swift millions;
I see the frontiers and boundaries of the old aristocracies broken; 
I see the landmarks of European kings removed; 
I see this day the People beginning their landmarks, (all others give way;) 
—Never were such sharp questions ask’d as this day; 
Never was average man, his soul, more energetic, more like a God;
Lo! how he urges and urges, leaving the masses no rest; 
His daring foot is on land and sea everywhere—he colonizes the Pacific, the
 archi...Read More

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