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Famous Similitudes Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
The simple, compact, well-join’d scheme—myself disintegrated, every one disintegrated, yet
 of the scheme: 
The similitudes of the past, and those of the future; 
The glories strung like beads on my smallest sights and hearings—on the walk in the
 street, and
 the passage over the river; 
The current rushing so swiftly, and swimming with me far away;
The others that are to follow me, the ties between me and them; 
The certainty of others—the life, love, sight, hearing...Read More

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
...d night under, and fire, earth, water, and air.

Sunbeams and starbeams, and all coloured things,
All forms and all similitudes began;
And death, the shadow cast by life's wide wings,
And God, the shade cast by the soul of man.

Then between shadow and substance, night and light,
Then between birth and death, and deeds and days,
The illimitable embrace and the amorous fight
That of itself begets, bears, rears, and slays,

The immortal war of mortal things that is
Labo...Read More

by Blake, William
...on his forsaken mountains 

2. And his world teemd vast enormities
Frightning; faithless; fawning
Portions of life; similitudes
Of a foot, or a hand, or a head 
Or a heart, or an eye, they swam mischevous
Dread terrors! delighting in blood

3. Most Urizen sicken'd to see
His eternal creations appear
Sons & daughters of sorrow on mountains 
Weeping! wailing! first Thiriel appear'd
Astonish'd at his own existence
Like a man from a cloud born, & Utha
From the waters emer...Read More

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