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Famous Socratic Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
Some wiser kind of joy that you shall have 
Never, until you learn to laugh with God.” 
And with a calm Socratic patronage, 
At once half sombre and half humorous, 
The Captain reverently twirled his thumbs
And fixed his eyes on something far away; 
Then, with a gradual gaze, conclusive, shrewd, 
And at the moment unendurable 
For sheer beneficence, he looked at me. 

“But the brass band?” I said, not quite at ease
With altruism yet.—He made a sort 
Of...Read More

by Alcott, Louisa May
...orld beyond, 
Longing at once to sally forth 
And paddle in the pond. 

"Oh! be not rash," her father said, 
A mild Socratic bird; 
Her mother begged her not to stray 
With many a warning word. 

But little goosey was perverse, 
And eagerly did cry, 
"I've got a lovely pair of wings, 
Of course I ought to fly." 

In vain parental cacklings, 
In vain the cold sky's frown, 
Ambitious goosey tried to soar, 
But always tumbled down. 

The farmyard jeered at her at...Read More

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