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Famous Seminal Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
...nings, proofs, purities, delicacies, results, promulgations, 
Songs, commands, health, pride, the maternal mystery, the seminal milk;
All hopes, benefactions, bestowals, 
All the passions, loves, beauties, delights of the earth, 
All the governments, judges, gods, follow’d persons of the earth, 
These are contain’d in sex, as parts of itself, and justifications of itself. 

Without shame the man I like knows and avows the deliciousness of his sex,
Without shame the woman ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...ncarnating this land,
Attracting it Body and Soul to himself, hanging on its neck with incomparable love, 
Plunging his seminal muscle into its merits and demerits, 
Making its cities, beginnings, events, diversities, wars, vocal in him, 
Making its rivers, lakes, bays, embouchure in him, 
Mississippi with yearly freshets and changing chutes—Columbia, Niagara, Hudson,
 themselves lovingly in him,
If the Atlantic coast stretch, or the Pacific coast stretch, he stretc...Read More

by Lewis, C S
...imordial truth, unvarying, 
Pure Earthness and right Stonehood from their clear, 
High eminence are seen; unveiled, the seminal 
Huge Principles appear.

The Tree-ness of the tree they know-the meaning of 
Arboreal life, how from earth's salty lap 
The solar beam uplifts it; all the holiness 
Enacted by leaves' fall and rising sap;

But never an angel knows the knife-edged severance 
Of sun from shadow where the trees begin, 
The blessed cool at every pore caressing us 
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