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Famous Past Or Present Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
...[Silvia] Pretty Nymph! within this Shade, 
Whilst the Flocks to rest are laid,
Whilst the World dissolves in Heat,
Take this cool, and flow'ry Seat: 
And with pleasing Talk awhile
Let us two the Time beguile; 
Tho' thou here no Shepherd see, 
To encline his humble Knee, 
Or with melancholy Lays 
Sing thy dangerous Beauty's Praise. 

[Dorinda] Nymph! w...Read More

by Milton, John
...this dire change, 
Hateful to utter. But what power of mind, 
Forseeing or presaging, from the depth 
Of knowledge past or present, could have feared 
How such united force of gods, how such 
As stood like these, could ever know repulse? 
For who can yet believe, though after loss, 
That all these puissant legions, whose exile 
Hath emptied Heaven, shall fail to re-ascend, 
Self-raised, and repossess their native seat? 
For me, be witness all the host of Heaven, 
If coun...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...t the prophet’s thought I speak, or am I raving? 
What do I know of life? what of myself? 
I know not even my own work, past or present; 
Dim, ever-shifting guesses of it spread before me,
Of newer, better worlds, their mighty parturition, 
Mocking, perplexing me. 

And these things I see suddenly—what mean they? 
As if some miracle, some hand divine unseal’d my eyes, 
Shadowy, vast shapes, smile through the air and sky,
And on the distant waves sail countless ships, 
And...Read More

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