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Famous Sinew Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
And haply eye the barren hut
 With high disdain.

With steady aim, some Fortune chase;
Keen hope does ev’ry sinew brace;
Thro’ fair, thro’ foul, they urge the race,
 An’ seize the prey:
Then cannie, in some cozie place,
 They close the day.

And others, like your humble servan’,
Poor wights! nae rules nor roads observin,
To right or left eternal swervin,
 They zig-zag on;
Till, curst with age, obscure an’ starvin,
 They aften groan.

Alas! what bitter to...Read More

by Clampitt, Amy
...inventing from within
itself its own
raw stuffs'
hooked silk-hung

behind the mask
the milkfat shivering
sinew isinglass
uncrumpling transient
greed to reinvest


names have been
given (revelation
kif nirvana
syncope) for
whatever gift
gives birth to

reincarnations of
the angels
Joseph Smith

a cavernous
compunction driving
who saw in it
the infinite
love of God
and had
(George Fox
was one)
gre...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...e friend himself, no other.
Had you been one of the sad average,
As he would have it, -- meaning, as I take it,
The sinew and the solvent of our Island,
You'd not be buying beer for this Terpander's
Approved and estimated friend Ben Jonson;
He'd never foist it as a part of his
Contingent entertainment of a townsman
While he goes off rehearsing, as he must,
If he shall ever be the Duke of Stratford.
And my words are no shadow on your town -- 
Far from it; for one town'...Read More

by Lanier, Sidney
...argesse lingering for some bolder heart
That manfully shall take thy part,
And tend thee,
And defend thee,
With antique sinew and with modern art....Read More

by Hopkins, Gerard Manley
Though as a beechbole firm, finds his, as at a roll-call, rank
And features, in flesh, what deed he each must do—
 His sinew-service where do. 

He leans to it, Harry bends, look. Back, elbow, and liquid waist
In him, all quail to the wallowing o' the plough: 's cheek crimsons; curls
Wag or crossbridle, in a wind lifted, windlaced—
 See his wind- lilylocks -laced;
Churlsgrace, too, child of Amansstrength, how it hangs or hurls
Them—broad in bluff hide his frowning fe...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...e Room --

I got so I could walk across
That Angle in the floor,
Where he turned so, and I turned -- how --
And all our Sinew tore --

I got so I could stir the Box --
In which his letters grew
Without that forcing, in my breath --
As Staples -- driven through --

Could dimly recollect a Grace --
I think, they call it "God" --
Renowned to ease Extremity --
When Formula, had failed --

And shape my Hands --
Petition's way,
Tho' ignorant of a word
That Ordination -- utters --

...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...start again at your beginnings, 
And never breathe a word about your loss: 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
To serve your turn long after they are gone, 
And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!" 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, 
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, 
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, 
If all men count with you, but none too much: 
If you ...Read More

by Service, Robert William
For what I figure as success is simple Happiness,
The consummate contentment of your mood:
You may toil with brain and sinew,
And though little wealth is win you,
If there's health and hope within you -
 You've made good....Read More

by Gray, Thomas
...inful family of Death,
More hideous than their Queen:
This racks the joints, this fires the veins,
That every labouring sinew strains,
Those in the deeper vitals rage:
Lo, Poverty, to fill the band,
That numbs the soul with icy hand,
And slow-consuming Age.

To each his suff'rings: all are men,
Condemned alike to groan;
The tender for another's pain,
Th' unfeeling for his own.
Yet ah! why should they know their fate?
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness to...Read More

by Kingsley, Charles
...rom the eastward, 
Lords by land and sea. 
Come; and strong, within us 
Stir the Vikings' blood; 
Bracing brain and sinew; 
Blow, thou wind of God!...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...ubt and care,
And in vacuity to find
 The perfect peace that's there.
With lassitude of heart and hand,
 When every sinew slacks,
How good to rest the old bean and
 Relax, relax.

Just sink back in an easy chair
 For forty winks or so,
And fold your hands as if in prayer,
 --That helps a lot, you know.
Forget that you are you awhile,
 And pliable as wax,
Just beatifically smile . . .
 Relax, relax, relax....Read More

by Browning, Robert


``Oh, our manhood's prime vigour! No spirit feels waste,
``Not a muscle is stopped in its playing nor sinew unbraced.
``Oh, the wild joys of living! the leaping from rock up to rock,
``The strong rending of boughs from the fir-tree, the cool silver shock
``Of the plunge in a pool's living water, the hunt of the bear,
``And the sultriness showing the lion is couched in his lair.
``And the meal, the rich dates yellowed over with gold dust divine,
``And...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...Such is the Force of Happiness --
The Least -- can lift a Ton
Assisted by its stimulus --

Who Misery -- sustain --
No Sinew can afford --
The Cargo of Themselves --
Too infinite for Consciousness'
Slow capabilities....Read More

by Yeats, William Butler have heard.

The miracle that gave them such a death
Transfigured to pure substance what had once
Been bone and sinew; when such bodies join
There is no touching here, nor touching there,
Nor straining joy, but whole is joined to whole;
For the intercourse of angels is a light
Where for its moment both seem lost, consumed.

Here in the pitch-dark atmosphere above
The trembling of the apple and the yew,
Here on the anniversary of their death,
The anniversary of the...Read More

by Hopkins, Gerard Manley> 


O his nimble finger, his gnarled grip!
Leagues, leagues of seamanship
 Slumber in these forsaken
Bones, this sinew, and will not waken. 


He was but one like thousands more,
Day and night I deplore
 My people and born own nation,
Fast foundering own generation. 


I might let bygones be—our curse
Of ruinous shrine no hand or, worse,
 Robbery's hand is busy to
Dress, hoar-hallowèd shrines unvisited; 


Only the breathing temple and fleet
Life, t...Read More

by Crowley, Aleister
...wonderful whips,
Life on the stroke of a glance,
Death in the stroke of the lips!

I am hidden beyond,
Shed in a secret sinew
Smitten through by the fond
Folly of wisdom in you!
Come, while the moon (the moon!)
Sheds her ambrosial splendour,
Reels in the redeless rune
Ineffably, utterly, tender!
Hark! the appealing cry
Of deadly hurt in the hollow: ---
Hyacinth! Hyacinth! Ay!
Smitten to death by Apollo.
Swift, O maiden moon,
Send thy ray-dews after;
Turn the dolorous tune...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord

And I that prated peace, when first I heard 
War-music, felt the blind wildbeast of force, 
Whose home is in the sinews of a man, 
Stir in me as to strike: then took the king 
His three broad sons; with now a wandering hand 
And now a pointed finger, told them all: 
A common light of smiles at our disguise 
Broke from their lips, and, ere the windy jest 
Had laboured down within his ample lungs, 
The genial giant, Arac, rolled himself 
Thrice in the saddle, then burst ...Read More

by Cullen, Countee
...n, and cleft
The seas apart.Below, above, to left,
To right, I saw what no man saw before:
Earth, hell, and heaven; sinew, vein, and core.
All things that swim or walk or creep or fly,
All things that live and hunger, faint and die,
Were made majestic then and magnified
By sight so clearly purged and deified.
The smallest bug that crawls was taller than
A tree, the mustard seed loomed like a man.
The earth that writhes eternally with pain
Of birth, and woe of ...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...oblin with a Gauge --
Kept measuring the Hours --
Until you felt your Second
Weigh, helpless, in his Paws --

And not a Sinew -- stirred -- could help,
And sense was setting numb --
When God -- remembered -- and the Fiend
Let go, then, Overcome --

As if your Sentence stood -- pronounced --
And you were frozen led
From Dungeon's luxury of Doubt
To Gibbets, and the Dead --

And when the Film had stitched your eyes
A Creature gasped "Reprieve"!
Which Anguish was the utterest --...Read More

by Piercy, Marge
...The construction of a woman:
a woman is not made of flesh 
of bone and sinew 
belly and breasts, elbows and liver and toe. 
She is manufactured like a sports sedan. 
She is retooled, refitted and redesigned 
every decade. 
Cecile had been seduction itself in college. 
She wriggled through bars like a satin eel, 
her hips and ass promising, her mouth pursed 
in the dark red lipstick of desire. 

She visited i...Read More

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