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Famous Expound Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Mayakovsky, Vladimir
...mpion of boiled water,
and inveterate enemy of raw water.

 take off your bicycle glasses!
I myself will expound
 those times
 and myself.

I, a latrine cleaner
 and water carrier,
by the revolution
 mobilized and drafted,
went off to the front
 from the aristocratic gardens 
of poetry - 
 the capricious wench
She planted a delicious garden,
the daughter,
 and meadow.

Myself a garden I did plant,
myself with water sprinkled it.
some...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...ttle-field the shades below, 
 Which they provoked by deeds we cannot know, 
 In that dark realm thought dares not to expound 
 False masks from heaven lowered to depths profound. 
 This is the scene on which now enters in 
 Eviradnus; and follows page Gasclin. 
 The outer walls were almost all decayed, 
 The door, for ancient Marquises once made— 
 Raised many steps above the courtyard near— 
 Commanded view of the horizon...Read More

by Ingelow, Jean
...ld this thing that I have found,'
  And though they knew not of it till that day,
Nor should have done with no man to expound
      Its meaning, yet they say,
"'We do accept it: lower than the shoals
  We skim, this diver went, nor did create,
But find it for us deeper in our souls
      Than we can penetrate.'
"You were to me the world's interpreter,
  The man that taught me Nature's unknown tongue,
And to the notes of her wild dulcimer
      First set sweet words...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...accounts of my friends, but listen to my
 enemies—as I
 myself do; 
I charge you, too, forever, reject those who would expound me—for I cannot expound

I charge that there be no theory or school founded out of me; 
I charge you to leave all free, as I have left all free. 

After me, vista!
O, I see life is not short, but immeasurably long; 
I henceforth tread the world, chaste, temperate, an early riser, a steady grower, 
Every hour the semen of centuries—and st...Read More

by Dryden, John
Not that tradition's parts are useless here:
When general, old, disinteress'd and clear:
That ancient Fathers thus expound the page,
Gives truth the reverend majesty of age:
Confirms its force, by biding every test;
For best authority's next Rules are best.
And still the nearer to the Spring we go
More limpid, more unsoil'd the waters flow.
Thus, first traditions were a proof alone;
Could we be certain such they were, so known:
But since some flaws in long descen...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...that stay there be --
Grief -- Hills -- Eternity --
Nor this behooveth me.

There are that resting, rise.
Can I expound the skies?
How still the Riddle lies!...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...nd not the cry of the teacher!
Let the preacher preach in his pulpit! let the lawyer plead in the court, and the judge

Mon enfant! I give you my hand! 
I give you my love, more precious than money, 
I give you myself, before preaching or law; 
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...tower and glass.

But Mark was come of the glittering towns
Where hot white details show,
Where men can number and expound,
And his faith grew in a hard ground
Of doubt and reason and falsehood found,
Where no faith else could grow.

Belief that grew of all beliefs
One moment back was blown
And belief that stood on unbelief
Stood up iron and alone.

The Wessex crescent backwards
Crushed, as with bloody spear
Went Elf roaring and routing,
And Mark against Elf yet ...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
Such rumours (Daily Mail). 
But in the streets of Roundabout 
Are no such factions found, 
Or theories to expound about, 
Or roll upon the ground about, 
In the happy town of Roundabout, 
That makes the world go round....Read More

by Service, Robert William
...ome to his tea,
And mostly I don't care a rap
 What people think of me;
I do my job and take my pay,
 And love of peace expound;
But as I go my patient way,
 --Don't push me round.

Though I respect authority
 And order never flout,
When Law and Justice disagree
 You can include me out.
The Welfare State I tolerate
 If it is kept in bound,
But if you wish to rouse my hate
 --Just push me round.

And that's the way with lots of us:
 We want to feel we're free;
So l...Read More

by Hafez,
...nt sea its jewels shed.’

O vain it were love’s chanting voice to chide!
Though may no tongue those burning thoughts expound,
The ardent fire of love no heart can hide.

In his all-whelming tears hath Hafez drowned
Wisdom & patience, yet no peace hath found.

...Read More

by Wilmot, John
...ddler's stall he drags her, and her breast
With hearts and such-like foolish toys he dressed;
And then, more smartly to expound the riddle
Of all his prattle, gives her a Scotch fiddle.

Tired with this dismal stuff, away I ran
Where were two wives, with girl just fit for man -
Short-breathed, with pallid lips and visage wan.
Some curtsies past, and the old compliment
Of being glad to see each other, spent,
With hand in hand they lovingly did walk,
And one began thus ...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily Each Other's eyes
An Ignorance beheld --
Diviner than the Childhood's --
And each to each, a Child --

Attempted to expound
What Neither -- understood --
Alas, that Wisdom is so large --
And Truth -- so manifold!...Read More

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