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Famous Silently Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
...aft, he or she is greatest who contributes the greatest
 practical example. 

Already a nonchalant breed, silently emerging, appears on the streets, 
People’s lips salute only doers, lovers, satisfiers, positive knowers; 
There will shortly be no more priests—I say their work is done,
Death is without emergencies here, but life is perpetual emergencies here, 
Are your body, days, manners, superb? after death you shall be superb; 
Justice, health, self-esteem, cl...Read More

by Basho, Matsuo
...Autumn moonlight--
 a worm digs silently
 into the chestnut....Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...d its milky van,
The bright car soared into the dawning sky,
And like a cloud the aerial caravan
Passed over the AEgean silently,
Till the faint air was troubled with the song
From the wan mouths that call on bleeding Thammuz all night long.

But when the doves had reached their wonted goal
Where the wide stair of orbed marble dips
Its snows into the sea, her fluttering soul
Just shook the trembling petals of her lips
And passed into the void, and Venus knew
That one fair...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...he lovers, and whispered together, beholding the moon rise
Over the pallid sea and the silvery mist of the meadows.
Silently one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.

Thus was the evening passed. Anon the bell from the belfry
Rang out the hour of nine, the village curfew, and straightway
Rose the guests and departed; and silence reigned in the household.
Many a farewell word and sweet good-nig...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
 With deep abyss beneath; from it there rose 
 The odor rank of crime. Joss walked to see 
 While Zeno pointed to it silently. 
 But eyes met eyes, and Joss, well pleased, was fain 
 By nod of head to make approval plain. 
 If sulphurous light had shone from this vile well 
 One might have said it was a mouth of hell, 
 So large the trap that by some sudden blow 
 A man might backward fall and sink below. 
 Who looked could see a h...Read More

by Hughes, Langston
His name was Jefferson. There were slaves then,
But in their hearts the slaves believed him, too,
And silently too for granted
That what he said was also meant for them.
It was a long time ago,
But not so long ago at that, Lincoln said:
There were slaves then, too,
But in their hearts the slaves knew
What he said must be meant for every human being-
Else it had no meaning fo...Read More

by Blake, William
...NEVER seek to tell thy love  
Love that never told can be; 
For the gentle wind doth move 
Silently invisibly.

I told my love I told my love 5 
I told her all my heart  
Trembling cold in ghastly fears.
Ah! she did depart! 

Soon after she was gone from me  
A traveller came by 10 
Silently invisibly: 
He took her with a sigh....Read More

by Milton, John
..., shall soon return, 
And bring ye to the place where thou and Death 
Shall dwell at ease, and up and down unseen 
Wing silently the buxom air, embalmed 
With odours. There ye shall be fed and filled 
Immeasurably; all things shall be your prey." 
 He ceased; for both seemed highly pleased, and Death 
Grinned horrible a ghastly smile, to hear 
His famine should be filled, and blessed his maw 
Destined to that good hour. No less rejoiced 
His mother bad, and thus b...Read More

by Milton, John
Reserved from night, and kept for thee in store. 
So cheered he his fair spouse, and she was cheered; 
But silently a gentle tear let fall 
From either eye, and wiped them with her hair; 
Two other precious drops that ready stood, 
Each in their crystal sluice, he ere they fell 
Kissed, as the gracious signs of sweet remorse 
And pious awe, that feared to have offended. 
So all was cleared, and to the field they haste. 
But first, from under shady arborou...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...illage and farm, 
For the country-folk to be up and to arm." 

Then he said "Good night!" and with muffled oar 
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore, 
Just as the moon rose over the bay, 
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay 
The Somerset, British man-of-war: 
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar 
Across the moon, like a prison-bar, 
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified 
By its own reflection in the tide. 

Meanwhile, his friend, through all...Read More

by Whitman, Walt

Wonderful how I celebrate you and myself! 
How my thoughts play subtly at the spectacles around! 
How the clouds pass silently overhead! 
How the earth darts on and on! and how the sun, moon, stars, dart on and on! 
How the water sports and sings! (Surely it is alive!)
How the trees rise and stand up—with strong trunks—with branches and leaves! 
(Surely there is something more in each of the tree—some living Soul.) 

O amazement of things! even the least particle! 
O sp...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...and cannot be shaken away. 

The little one sleeps in its cradle;
I lift the gauze, and look a long time, and silently brush away flies with my

The youngster and the red-faced girl turn aside up the bushy hill; 
I peeringly view them from the top. 

The suicide sprawls on the bloody floor of the bed-room; 
I witness the corpse with its dabbled hair—I note where the pistol has

The blab of the pave, the tires of carts, sluff of...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...arren strand,
And left a prey to hazard wild,--
That, ere thy spirit-honor saw the day,
Thy youthful heart watched over silently,
And from thy tender bosom turned away
Each thought that might have stained its purity;
That kind one ne'er forget who, as in sport,
Thy youth to noble aspirations trained,
And who to thee in easy riddles taught
The secret how each virtue might be gained;
Who, to receive him back more perfect still,
E'en into strangers' arms her favorite gave--
Oh, ...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...urst in song.

"The gates of heaven are lightly locked,
We do not guard our gain,
The heaviest hind may easily
Come silently and suddenly
Upon me in a lane.

"And any little maid that walks
In good thoughts apart,
May break the guard of the Three Kings
And see the dear and dreadful things
I hid within my heart.

"The meanest man in grey fields gone
Behind the set of sun,
Heareth between star and other star,
Through the door of the darkness fallen ajar,
The council...Read More

by Poe, Edgar Allan
...e holy heaven come down
On the long night-time of that town;
But light from out the lurid sea
Streams up the turrets silently-
Gleams up the pinnacles far and free-
Up domes- up spires- up kingly halls-
Up fanes- up Babylon-like walls-
Up shadowy long-forgotten bowers
Of sculptured ivy and stone flowers-
Up many and many a marvellous shrine
Whose wreathed friezes intertwine
The viol the violet and the vine.
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...ight shall be filled with music  
And the cares that infest the day  
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs  
And as silently steal away....Read More

by Wordsworth, William
...mossy Bridge!  You see the glimmer of the stream beneath,  But hear no murmuring: it flows silently  O'er its soft bed of verdure. All is still,  A balmy night! and tho' the stars be dim,  Yet let us think upon the vernal showers  That gladden the green earth, and we shall find  A pleasure in the dimness of the stars.   And hark! the Nightingale begins i...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...For thee—for me, perchance—'t were well
     We ne'er had seen the Trosachs' dell.—
     Murdoch, move first—-but silently;
     Whistle or whoop, and thou shalt die!'
     Jealous and sullen on they fared,
     Each silent, each upon his guard.

     Now wound the path its dizzy ledge
     Around a precipice's edge,
     When lo! a wasted female form,
     Blighted by wrath of sun and storm,
     In tattered weeds and wild array,
     Stood on a cl...Read More

by Miller, Alice Duer
...should know the things he'd say. 
'You ask me whether we're coming in— 
We are. The English are clever as sin, 
Silently, subtly they inspire 
Most of youth with a holy fire 
To shed their blood for the British Empire
We'll come in— we'll fight and die
Humbly to help them, and by and by,
England will do us in the eye.
They'll get colonies, gold and fame,
And we'll get nothing at all but blame.
Blame for not having come before,
Blame for not having sent them mo...Read More

by Ali, Muhammad
...There live a great man named Joe
who was belittled by a loudmouth foe.
While his rival would taunt and tease
Joe silently bore the stings.
And then fought like gladiator in the ring....Read More

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