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Famous Sensing Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Rilke, Rainer Maria
...has inner light, even from a distance-

and charges us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces....Read More



by Tebb, Barry
...am you are caring for

In the long avenues of night I cannot find a name

For the sickness except the despair of a poet sensing his veins

Silt up like the delta of a neglected river with none of the solace

Sidney Graham felt as he lay by Nessie’s side with Madron’s circling

Wood and its snow blanket of comfort falling as he glided

From this world into the next, finger-painting his adieux into the small

Of her back, bidding them be hidden beyond the tiny bulk of his poems...Read More

by Larkin, Philip
...e lighted glass
To watch the dancers - all under twenty-five -
Solemnly on the beat of happiness.

- Or so I fancy, sensing the smoke and sweat,
The wonderful feel of girls. Why be out there ?
But then, why be in there? Sex, yes, but what
Is sex ? Surely to think the lion's share 
Of happiness is found by couples - sheer

Inaccuracy, as far as I'm concerned.
What calls me is that lifted, rough-tongued bell
(Art, if you like) whose individual sound
Insists I too am...Read More

by Gregory, Rg
...
dry rot to fetch up old ghosts

the delegates trampled
each other down
in their haste to be first out

not one of them sensing
at the back of
the third shelf down from the top

a small figure sucking
its thumb - rocking
(shocked) to and fro like a cradle

next day the whole house-front
was found done up
in the brightest of colours...Read More

by Zaran, Lisa
...s passive with his passing, 
understands my need for answers only he can provide. 

I imagine him drawing a breath, sensing 
his lungs once again filling with air, his thoughts ballooning. 

Originally published in The Rose & Thorn, Summer 2004.
Copyright © Lisa Zaran, 2004...Read More



by Gregory, Rg
...an't let them)

beyond love they cup aloneness
they're your eyes but my at-one-ment
(more to sing of than i can fathom)
sensing them calmly's the ripest pain
these eyes so poignant they daren't exist...Read More

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