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Famous Overcoming Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Akhmatova, Anna
Copyright Anna Akhmatova
Copyright English translation by Ilya Shambat (

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We thought we were beggars, we thought we had nothing at all
But then when we started to...Read More

by Milton, John
 As one who in his journey bates at noon, 
Though bent on speed; so here the Arch-Angel paused 
Betwixt the world destroyed and world restored, 
If Adam aught perhaps...Read More

by Hesse, Hermann
 Only on me, the lonely one,
The unending stars of the night shine,
The stone fountain whispers its magic song,
To me alone, to me the lonely one
The colorful shadows of the...Read More

by Watts, Isaac
 The triumph of faith or, Christ's unchangeable love.

Rom. 8:33ff. 

Who shall the Lord's elect condemn?
'Tis God that justifies their souls;
And mercy, like a mighty stream,
O'er all their sins divinely...Read More

by Schwartz, Delmore
 Come, let us rejoice in James Joyce, in the greatness of this poet,
 king, and king of poets
For he is our poor dead king, he is the monarch and...Read More

by Berryman, John
 Peter's not friendly. He gives me sideways looks.
The architecture is far from reassuring.
I feel uneasy.
A pity,—the interview began so well:
I mentioned fiendish things, he waved them away
and sloshed out...Read More

by Watts, Isaac
 Victory over death.

1 Cor. 15:55ff 

O for an overcoming faith
To cheer my dying hours;
To triumph o'er the monster Death,
And all his frightful powers!

Joyful with all the strength I have
My...Read More

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