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Famous Sedition Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Carman, Bliss
...leave the city behind 
For the hills of open morn, 
For fear of our kind. 

Our brother they nailed to a tree 
For sedition; they bully and curse 
All those whom love makes free. 
Yet the very winds disperse 

Rapture of birds and brooks, 
Colours of sea and cloud,— 
Beauty not learned of books, 
Truth that is never loud. 

We model our joy into clay, 
Or help it with line and hue, 
Or hark for its breath in stray 
Wild chords and new. 

For to-morrow can onl...Read More

by Trumbull, John
...with the sound of potent metal
Brought all their buzzing swarms to settle;
Who rain'd his ministerial manna,
Till loud Sedition sung hosanna;
The grave Lords-Bishops and the Kirk
United in the public work;
Rebellion, from the northern regions,
With Bute and Mansfield swore allegiance;
All hands combin'd to raze, as nuisance,
Of church and state the Constitutions,
Pull down the empire, on whose ruins
They meant to edify their new ones;
Enslave th' Amer'can wildernesses,
And r...Read More

by Trumbull, John you not, the clouds know how
To make the pun, as well you?
Did there arise an apparition,
But grinn'd forth ruin to sedition;
A death-watch, but has join'd our leagues,
And click'd destruction to the Whigs?
Heard ye not, when the wind was fair,
At night our prophets in the air,
Who, loud, like admiralty libel,
Read awful chapters from the Bible,
And war and plague and death denounced,
And told you how you'd soon be trounced?
I see, to join our conq'ring side,
Heaven, eart...Read More

by Trumbull, John
Pour'd forth the zeal, that fired his breast.

"What mad-brain'd rebel gave commission,
To raise this May-pole of sedition?
Like Babel, rear'd by bawling throngs,
With like confusion too of tongues,
To point at heaven and summon down
The thunders of the British crown?
Say, will this paltry Pole secure
Your forfeit heads from Gage's power?
Attack'd by heroes brave and crafty,
Is this to stand your ark of safety;
Or driven by Scottish laird and laddie,
Think ye to rest be...Read More

by Dryden, John
...low the fattened land; 
Yet monsters from thy large increase we find 
Engendered on the slime thou leavest behind. 
Sedition has not wholly seized on thee, 
Thy nobler parts are from infection free. 
Of Israel's tribes thou hast a numerous band, 
But still the Canaanite is in the land. 
Thy military chiefs are brave and true, 
Nor are thy disenchanted burghers few. 
The head is loyal which thy heart commands, 
But what's a head with two such gouty hands? 
The ...Read More

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