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Famous Seeker Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Kingsley, Charles
...nfolding lonely glories, not out own,
Nor from each other gathered, but an inward glow
 Breathed by the Lone One on the seeker lone.

If for the heart’s own sake we break the heart, we may
 When the last ruby drop dissolves in diamond light
Meet in a deeper vesture in another day.
 Until that dawn, dear heart, good-night, good-night....Read more of this...

by Hardy, Thomas
...I MARK the months in liveries dank and dry,
The day-tides many-shaped and hued;
I see the nightfall shades subtrude,
And hear the monotonous hours clang negligently by.

I view the evening bonfires of the sun
On hills where morning rains have hissed;
The eyeless countenance of the mist
Pallidly rising when the summer droughts are done.

I have seen...Read more of this...

by Russell, George William
...wonderful and sweet
All this, all this. But far too many things
Obscuring, as a cloud of seraph wings
Blinding the seeker for the Lord behind,
I fall away in weariness of mind.
And think how far apart are I and you,
Beloved, from those spirit children who
Felt but one single Being long ago,
Whispering in gentleness and leaning low
Out of its majesty, as child to child.
I think upon it all with heart grown wild.
Hearing no voice, howe’er my spirit broods,
No w...Read more of this...

by Hafez,
...horsemen cry,
‘O lingering lover, fare thee well!’
Ever I hear the jingling bell
Of waiting steed & harnessry.

O seeker who wouldst surely bring
To happy end thy wandering,
O learner who wouldst truly know,
Let not earth’s loves arrest thee. Go!
Mad thee with heaven’s pure wine & fling
To those clear skies thy rapturing.

...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William every ill.
There's comfort in the worst of woe,
There's consolation in defeat . . .
Oh what a solace-seeker! So
We called him Compensation Pete.

He lost his wealth - but was he pipped?
Why no - "That's fine," he used to say.
"I've got the government plumb gypped -
No more damn income tax to pay.
From cares of property set free,
And with no pesky social ties,
Why, even poverty may be
A benediction in disguise."

He lost his health: "Okay," h...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
...Said Seeker of the skies to me:
"Behold yon starry host ashine!
When Heaven's harmony you see
How can you doubt control divine,
 Law, order and design?"

"Nay, Sire," said I, "I do not doubt
The spheres in cosmic pattern spin;
But what I try to puzzle out
Is that--if Law and Order win
 Where does mere man come in?

"If to the millionth of a hair
Cause and Effect ...Read more of this...

by Laurence Dunbar, Paul
...ep comes down to soothe the weary eyes,Which all the day with ceaseless care have sought
The magic gold which from the seeker flies;
Ere dreams put on the gown and cap of thought,
And make the waking world a world of lies,—
Of lies most palpable, uncouth, forlorn,
That say life's full of aches and tears and sighs,—
Oh, how with more than dreams the soul is torn,
Ere sleep comes down to soothe the weary eyes.
Ere sleep comes down to soothe the weary eyes,
How all the ...Read more of this...

by Hugo, Victor
 "I see a horse and woman on it now," 
 Said Gasclin, "and companions also show." 
 "Who are they?" asked the seeker of sublime 
 Adventures. "Sir, I now can hear like chime 
 The sound of voices, and men's voices too, 
 Laughter and talk; two men there are in view, 
 Across the road the shadows clear I mark 
 Of horses three." 
 "Enough. Now, Gasclin, hark!" 
 Exclaimed the knight, "you must at once return 
 By other path than that which you discern, 
 So ...Read more of this...

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
...d the arrows that miss, 
 I the mouth that is kiss'd 
 And the breath in the kiss, 
The search, and the sought, and the seeker, the soul and the body that 

 I am that thing which blesses 
 My spirit elate; 
 That which caresses 
 With hands uncreate 
My limbs unbegotten that measure the length of the measure of fate. 

 But what thing dost thou now, 
 Looking Godward, to cry, 
 'I am I, thou art thou, 
 I am low, thou art high'? 
I am thou, whom thou seekest to ...Read more of this...

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
...that I should beguile him with anything hidden. He is not a seeker of fame, a prince addicted to poets,
that I should beguile him with verses and lyrics and flowing poetry.
The glory of the unseen form is too great for me to
beguile it with blessing or Paradise.   Translated by A.J.Arberry 

Salut au Monde

by Whitman, Walt
...epared to depart. 

I see the regions of snow and ice; 
I see the sharp-eyed Samoiede and the Finn; 
I see the seal-seeker in his boat, poising his lance; 
I see the Siberian on his slight-built sledge, drawn by dogs;
I see the porpoise-hunters—I see the whale-crews of the South Pacific and the North
I see the cliffs, glaciers, torrents, valleys, of Switzerland—I mark the long winters, and

I see the cities of the earth, and make myself a...Read more of this...

by Aiken, Conrad
...wife grows tedious,
Or, like gay tulip, keeps no perfumed secret'?

Or 'one day dies eventless as another,
Leaving the seeker still unsatisfied,
And more convinced life yields no satisfaction'?
Or 'seek too hard, the sight at length grows callous,
And beauty shines in vain'?—

 These things you ask for,
These you shall have. . . So, talking with my first wife,
At the dark end of evening, when she leaned
And smiled at me, with blue eyes weaving webs
Of finest fire...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...Kanzo Makame, the diver, sturdy and small Japanee, 
Seeker of pearls and of pearl-shell down in the depths of the sea, 
Trudged o'er the bed of the ocean, searching industriously. 

Over the pearl-grounds the lugger drifted -- a little white speck: 
Joe Nagasaki, the "tender", holding the life-line on deck, 
Talked through the rope to the diver, knew when to drift or to check. 

Kanzo was king of his ...Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William

The men who can't remember when they learned to swing a pack,
Or in what lawless land the quest began;
The solitary seeker with his grub-stake on his back,
The restless buccaneer of pick and pan.
On the mesas of the Southland, on the tundras of the North,
You will find us, changed in face but still the same;
And it isn't need, it isn't greed that sends us faring forth--
It's the fever, it's the glory of the game.

For once you've panned the speckled sand and seen ...Read more of this...

by Montgomery, Lucy Maud
...I sought for my happiness over the world,
Oh, eager and far was my quest;
I sought it on mountain and desert and sea,
I asked it of east and of west.
I sought it in beautiful cities of men,
On shores that were sunny and blue,
And laughter and lyric and pleasure were mine
In palaces wondrous to view;
Oh, the world gave me much to my plea and my prayer
B...Read more of this...

by Frost, Robert
..."Willis, I didn't want you here to-day: 
The lawyer's coming for the company. 
I'm going to sell my soul, or, rather, feet. 
Five hundred dollars for the pair, you know." 
"With you the feet have nearly been the soul; 
And if you're going to sell them to the devil, 
I want to see you do it. When's he coming?" 
"I half suspect you knew, and ...Read more of this...

by Montgomery, Lucy Maud
...r laughing wood-nymphs from the byways steal
To dance around its rim. 

'Tis such a witching spot as might beseem
A seeker for young friendship's trysting place,
Or lover yielding to the immortal dream
Of one beloved face....Read more of this...

by Schiller, Friedrich von sound--
And slight is the comfort they bring to the breast.
The fruits of existence escape from the clasp
Of the seeker who strives but those shadows to grasp--

So long as man dreams of some age in this life
When the right and the good will all evil subdue;
For the right and the good lead us ever to strife,
And wherever they lead us the fiend will pursue.
And (till from the earth borne, and stifled at length)
The earth that he touches still gifts him with strength...Read more of this...

by Arnold, Matthew
...flattering crew;
'Tis not in the world's market bought and sold--
But the smooth-slipping weeks
Drop by, and leave its seeker still untired;
Out of the heed of mortals he is gone,
He wends unfollow'd, he must house alone;
Yet on he fares, by his own heart inspired.

Thou too, O Thyrsis, on like quest wast bound;
Thou wanderedst with me for a little hour!
Men gave thee nothing; but this happy quest,
If men esteem'd thee feeble, gave thee power,
If men procured thee troubl...Read more of this...

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