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Famous Solitary Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Dickinson, Emily
   Not present on the year
At any other period.
   When March is scarcely here

A color stands abroad
   On solitary hills
That science cannot overtake,
   But human nature feels.

It waits upon the lawn;
   It shows the furthest tree
Upon the furthest slope we know;
   It almost speaks to me.

Then, as horizons step,
   Or noons report away,
Without the formula of sound,
   It passes, and we stay:

A quality of loss
   Affecting our content...Read More

by Smart, Christopher
The various histories enrich 
 Of God's record'd works. 

Sigma presents the social droves, 
With him that solitary roves, 
 And man of all the chief; 
Fair on whose face, and stately frame, 
Did God impress His hallow'd name, 
 For ocular belief. 

Stands sacred to the day of rest, 
 For gratitude and thought; 
Which bless'd the world upon his pole, 
And gave the universe his goal, 
 And clos'd th'infernal draught....Read More

by Dickinson, Emily to toll,

As all the Heavens were a Bell,
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race
Wrecked, solitary, here—

And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down—
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing—then—


I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you—Nobody—Too?
Then there's a pair of us!
Don't tell! they'd advertise—you know!

How dreary—to be—Somebody!
How public—like a Frog—
To tell one's name—the livelong ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...void with splendor shines; 
 For ceiling we behold but rafter lines. 
 The table is arranged for one sole guest, 
 A solitary chair doth near it rest, 
 Throne-like, 'neath canopy that droopeth down 
 From the black beams; upon the walls are shown 
 The painted histories of the olden might, 
 The King of the Wends Thassilo's stern fight 
 On land with Nimrod, and on ocean wide 
 With Neptune. Rivers too personified 
 Appear—the Rhine as by the Meuse betrayed, 
 And...Read More

by Keats, John
Tall oaks, branch-charmed by the earnest stars,
Dream, and so dream all night without a stir,
Save from one gradual solitary gust
Which comes upon the silence, and dies off,
As if the ebbing air had but one wave;
So came these words and went; the while in tears
She touch'd her fair large forehead to the ground,
Just where her fallen hair might be outspread
A soft and silken mat for Saturn's feet.
One moon, with alteration slow, had shed
Her silver seasons four upon th...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...— unsparing — but a night like this, 
A night of beauty mock'd such breast as his. 


He turn'd within his solitary hall, 
And his high shadow shot along the wall; 
There were the painted forms of other times, 
'Twas all they left of virtues or of crimes, 
Save vague tradition; and the gloomy vaults 
That hid their dust, their foibles, and their faults; 
And half a column of the pompous page, 
That speeds the specious tale from age to age: 
When history's pen its...Read More

by Gibran, Kahlil on the grass; a young man and a young woman who had left their farming shacks in the nearby fields for this cool and solitary place. 

After a few moments of complete silence, I heard the following words uttered with sighs from weather-bitten lips, "Shed not tears, my beloved; love that opens our eyes and enslaves our hearts can give us the blessing of patience. Be consoled in our delay our delay, for we have taken an oath and entered Love's shrine; for our love wi...Read More

by Wordsworth, William
Our cheerful faith, that all which we behold
Is full of blessings.  Therefore let the moon
Shine on thee in thy solitary walk;
And let the misty mountain winds be free
To blow against thee: and, in after years,
When these wild ecstasies shall be matured
Into a sober pleasure; when thy mind
Shall be a mansion for all lovely forms,
Thy memory be as a dwelling place
For all sweet sounds and harmonies; oh! then,
If solitude, or fear, or pain, or grief,
Should be ...Read More

by Milton, John
Satan, with thoughts inflamed of highest design, 
Puts on swift wings, and toward the gates of Hell 
Explores his solitary flight: sometimes 
He scours the right hand coast, sometimes the left; 
Now shaves with level wing the deep, then soars 
Up to the fiery concave towering high. 
As when far off at sea a fleet descried 
Hangs in the clouds, by equinoctial winds 
Close sailing from Bengala, or the isles 
Of Ternate and Tidore, whence merchants bring 
Their spicy d...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
Know’st thou the joys of pensive thought? 
Joys of the free and lonesome heart—the tender, gloomy heart?
Joy of the solitary walk—the spirit bowed yet proud—the suffering and the
The agonistic throes, the extasies—joys of the solemn musings, day or night? 
Joys of the thought of Death—the great spheres Time and Space? 
Prophetic joys of better, loftier love’s ideals—the Divine Wife—the sweet,
 eternal, perfect Comrade? 
Joys all thine own, undying one—joys wor...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...e-men of Mannahatta; 
I hear the stevedores unlading the cargoes, and singing; 
I hear the screams of the water-fowl of solitary north-west lakes; 
I hear the rustling pattering of locusts, as they strike the grain and grass with the
 their terrible clouds;
I hear the Coptic refrain, toward sundown, pensively falling on the breast of the black
 vast mother, the Nile; 
I hear the bugles of raft-tenders on the streams of Kanada; 
I hear the chirp of the ...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...urrying with the modern crowd, as eager and fickle as any; 
Hot toward one I hate, ready in my madness to knife him; 
Solitary at midnight in my back yard, my thoughts gone from me a long while; 
Walking the old hills of Judea, with the beautiful gentle God by my side; 
Speeding through space—speeding through heaven and the stars;
Speeding amid the seven satellites, and the broad ring, and the diameter of
 eighty thousand miles; 
Speeding with tail’d meteors—throwing f...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...Habitués of many distant countries, habitués of far-distant dwellings, 
Trusters of men and women, observers of cities, solitary toilers, 
Pausers and contemplators of tufts, blossoms, shells of the shore, 
Dancers at wedding-dances, kissers of brides, tender helpers of children, bearers of

Soldiers of revolts, standers by gaping graves, lowerers down of coffins,
Journeyers over consecutive seasons, over the years—the curious years, each emerging from
 which...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)

"Oh! not my brother! — yet unsay — 
God! am I left alone on earth 
To mourn — I dare not curse the day 
That saw my solitary birth? 
Oh! thou wilt love me now no more! 
My sinking heart foreboded ill; 
But know me all I was before, 
Thy sister — friend — Zuleika still. 
Thou ledd'st me hear perchance to kill; 
If thou hast cause for vengeance see 
My breast is offer'd — take thy fill! 
Far better with the dead to be 
Than live thus nothing now to thee; 
Perhaps far wo...Read More

by Goldsmith, Oliver
...g plain:
No more thy glassy brook reflects the day,
But choked with sedges works its weedy way.
Along thy glades, a solitary guest,
The hollow-sounding bittern guards its nest;
Amidst thy desert walks the lapwing flies,
And tires their echoes with unvaried cries.
Sunk are thy bowers, in shapeless ruin all,
And the long grass o'ertops the mouldering wall;
And, trembling, shrinking from the spoiler's hand,
Far, far away, thy children leave the land.

Ill fares the l...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...t no more; 'twas much,
For brotherless she was, save in the name
Her infant friendship had bestowed on him;
Herself the solitary scion left
Of a time-honoured race.—It was a name
Which pleased him, and yet pleased him not—and why?
Time taught him a deep answer—when she loved
Another; even now she loved another,
And on the summit of that hill she stood
Looking afar if yet her lover's steed
Kept pace with her expectancy, and flew.


A change came o'er the spirit of ...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...wex*, and dry as any shaft. *became
His eyen hollow, grisly to behold,
His hue sallow, and pale as ashes cold,
And solitary he was, ever alone,
And wailing all the night, making his moan.
And if he hearde song or instrument,
Then would he weepen, he might not be stent*. *stopped
So feeble were his spirits, and so low,
And changed so, that no man coulde know
His speech, neither his voice, though men it heard.
And in his gear* for all the world he far'd *behavi...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter down a darksome glen,
     Soon lost to hound and Hunter's ken,
     In the deep Trosachs' wildest nook
     His solitary refuge took.
     There, while close couched the thicket shed
     Cold dews and wild flowers on his head,
     He heard the baffled dogs in vain
     Rave through the hollow pass amain,
     Chiding the rocks that yelled again.

     Close on the hounds the Hunter came,
     To cheer them on the vanished game;
     But, stumbling...Read More

by Thomson, James
...ted Vice beneath their Feet:
To lay their Passions in a gentle Calm,
And woo lone Quiet, in her silent Walks.

NOW, solitary, and in pensive Guise, 
Oft, let me wander o'er the russet Mead,
Or thro' the pining Grove; where scarce is heard
One dying Strain, to chear the Woodman's Toil:
Sad Philomel, perchance, pours forth her Plaint,
Far, thro' the withering Copse. Mean while, the Leaves, 
That, late, the Forest clad with lively Green,
Nipt by the drizzly Night, and Sa...Read More

by Plath, Sylvia
...he lovers
Pass by, pass by.
They are black and flat as shadows.
It is so beautiful to have no attachments!
I am solitary as grass. What is it I miss?
Shall I ever find it, whatever it is?

The swans are gone. Still the river
Remembers how white they were.
It strives after them with its lights.
It finds their shapes in a cloud.
What is that bird that cries
With such sorrow in its voice?
I am young as ever, it says. What is it I miss?

SECOND VOI...Read More

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