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Famous Iron Will Poems by Famous Poets

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by Russell, George William
...thread divine of memory runs;
Born ere the Mighty One began his dreams,
 Or yet were stars and suns.

But here an iron will has fixed the bars;
Forgetfulness falls on earth’s myriad races:
No image of the proud and morning stars
 Looks at us from their faces.

Yet yearning still to reach to those dim heights,
Each dream remembered is a burning-glass,
Where through to darkness from the Light of Lights
 Its rays in splendour pass....Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...clocks, steam-shovels, churns, pistons, boilers, scissors—
Oh, the sleeping slag from the mountains, the slag-heavy pig-iron will go down many roads.
Men will stab and shoot with it, and make butter and tunnel rivers, and mow hay in swaths, and slit hogs and skin beeves, and steer airplanes across North America, Europe, Asia, round the world.

Hacked from a hard rock country, broken and baked in mills and smelters, the rusty dust waits
Till the clean hard weave of its...Read More

by Bryant, William Cullen apple-tree. 
Oh when its aged branches throw 65 
Thin shadows on the ground below  
Shall fraud and force and iron will 
Oppress the weak and helpless still? 
What shall the tasks of mercy be  
Amid the toils the strifes the tears 70 
Of those who live when length of years 
Is wasting this little apple-tree? 

Who planted this old apple-tree?  
The children of that distant day 
Thus to some aged man shall say; 75 
And gazing on its mossy stem  
The gray-h...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...ou will find it otherwise' she said. 
'You jest: ill jesting with edge-tools! my vow 
Binds me to speak, and O that iron will, 
That axelike edge unturnable, our Head, 
The Princess.' 'Well then, Psyche, take my life, 
And nail me like a weasel on a grange 
For warning: bury me beside the gate, 
And cut this epitaph above my bones; 
~Here lies a brother by a sister slain, 
All for the common good of womankind.~' 
'Let me die too,' said Cyril, 'having seen 
And hea...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...more she looked at my pale face: 
Till understanding all the foolish work 
Of Fancy, and the bitter close of all, 
Her iron will was broken in her mind; 
Her noble heart was molten in her breast; 
She bowed, she set the child on the earth; she laid 
A feeling finger on my brows, and presently 
'O Sire,' she said, 'he lives: he is not dead: 
O let me have him with my brethren here 
In our own palace: we will tend on him 
Like one of these; if so, by any means, 
To lighten thi...Read More

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