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Famous Simples Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Kipling, Rudyard
Winter's bee-thronged ivy-bloom.
Seek and serve them where they bide
From Candlemas to Christmas-tide,
 For these simples, used aright,
 Can restore a failing sight.

These shall cleanse and purify
Webbed and inward-turning eye;
These shall show thee treasure hid,
Thy familiar fields amid;
And reveal (which is thy need)
Every man a King indeed!...Read More

by Laurence Dunbar, Paul songs
That hint of sermons covered up.
'Tis true the world should heed its wrongs,
But in a poem let me sup,
Not simples brewed to cure or ease
Humanity's confessed disease,
But the spirit-wine of a singing line,
[Pg 127]Or a dew-drop in a honey cup!
...Read More

by Laurence Dunbar, Paul
That hint of sermons covered up. 
'T is true the world should heed its wrongs, 
But in a poem let me sup, 
Not simples brewed to cure or ease 
Humanity's confessed disease, 
But the spirit-wine of a singing line, 
Or a dew-drop in a honey cup!...Read More

by Emerson, Ralph Waldo
...Give me truths;
For I am weary of the surfaces,
And die of inanition. If I knew
Only the herbs and simples of the wood,
Rue, cinquefoil, gill, vervain and agrimony,
Blue-vetch and trillium, hawkweed, sassafras,
Milkweeds and murky brakes, quaint pipes and sun-dew,
And rare and virtuous roots, which in these woods
Draw untold juices from the common earth,
Untold, unknown, and I could surely spell
Their fragrance, and their chemistry apply
By sweet ...Read More

by Larkin, Philip
...hem as unlucky places?

Or after dark will dubious women come
To make their children touvh a particular stone;
Pick simples for a cancer; or on some
Advised night see walking a dead one?
Power of some sort or other will go on
In games in riddles seemingly at random;
But superstition like belief must die 
And what remains when disbelief has gone?
Grass weedy pavement brambles butress sky.

A shape less recognisable each week 
A purpose more obscure. I wond...Read More

by Milton, John
...did, he on the tender grass
Would sit, and hearken even to ecstasy,
And in requital ope his leathern scrip,
And show me simples of a thousand names,
Telling their strange and vigorous faculties.
Amongst the rest a small unsightly root,
But of divine effect, he culled me out.
The leaf was darkish, and had prickles on it,
But in another country, as he said,
Bore a bright golden flower, but not in this soil:
Unknown, and like esteemed, and the dull swain
Treads on it dai...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...silent, grave procession,
Bearing each a pouch of healing,
Skin of beaver, lynx, or otter,
Filled with magic roots and simples,
Filled with very potent medicines.
When he heard their steps approaching~,
Hiawatha ceased lamenting,
Called no more on Chibiabos;
Naught he questioned, naught he answered,
But his mournful head uncovered,
From his face the mourning colors
Washed he slowly and in silence,
Slowly and in silence followed
Onward to the Sacred Wigwam.
There a ma...Read More

by Hardy, Thomas
'Twas but to delve, and straightway there to find 
Coins of like impress. As with one half blind 
Whom common simples cure, her act flashed home 
In that mute moment to my opened mind 
The power, the pride, the reach of perished Rome....Read More

by Meredith, George we drank of giants at war with gods above: 
 Rocks were they to look on, and earth climb'd air! 
Tales of search for simples, and those who sought of love 
 Ease because the creature was all too fair. 
Pleasant ran our thinking that while our work was good. 
 Sure as fruits for sweat would the praise come fast. 
He that wrestled stoutest and tamed the billow-brood 
 Danced in rings with girls, like a sail-flapp'd mast. 
 God! of whom music 
 And song and bl...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...The world I since have ransack'd part by part,For rhymes, or stones, or sap of simples new,Which yet might give me back the spirit, free. But ah! I feel my body must be freeFrom that hard knot which is its richest prize,[Pg 194]Ere medicine old or inc...Read More

by Joyce, James

Be mine, I pray, a waxen ear
To shield me from her childish croon
And mine a shielded heart for her
Who gathers simples of the moon....Read More

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