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Famous Initial Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Emerson, Ralph Waldo
...Venus, when her son was lost,
Cried him up and down the coast,
In hamlets, palaces, and parks,
And told the truant by his marks,
Golden curls, and quiver, and bow;—
This befell long ago.
Time and tide are strangely changed,
Men and manners much deranged;
None will now find Cupid latent
By this foolish antique patent.
He came late along the waste,
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by Wanek, Connie
...ll she marry? Whom will she love?
The rope, like a snake,
has the gift of divination,
yet reveals only a hint, a single initial.
But what if she never misses?

Is competence its own reward?
Will the rope never strike her ankle,
love's bite? The enders turn and turn,
two-handed as their arms tire,
their enchantments exhausted.

It hurts to watch her now,
flushed and scowling,
her will stronger than her limbs,
her braids lashing her shoulders
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by Dickinson, Emily
...Love -- is anterior to Life --
Posterior -- to Death --
Initial of Creation, and
The Exponent of Earth --...Read more of this...

by Duhamel, Denise

So I begin my letter. Dear Boy George,
Do you ever sit and wonder what's gone wrong?
If there's been some initial mistake?
Well, don't be alarmed, but there
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by Browning, Robert
...d a goblet for ourself,
Rinsed like something sacrificial
Ere 'tis fit to touch our chaps---
Marked with L. for our initial!
(He-he! There his lily snaps!)


_Saint_, forsooth! While brown Dolores
Squats outside the Convent bank
With Sanchicha, telling stories,
Steeping tresses in the tank,
Blue-black, lustrous, thick like horsehairs,
---Can't I see his dead eye glow,
Bright as 'twere a Barbary corsair's?
(That is, if he'd let it show!)


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by Hugo, Victor
...d be cleared away.} 
 {Footnote 3: After the Eagle and the Bee superseded the Lily-flowers, 
 the Third Napoleon's initial "N" flourished for two decades, but has 
 been excised or plastered over, the words "National Property" or 
 "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" being cut in the stone profusely.} 


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