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Famous Soundings Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
...s it always—he brings everything to the test of himself;
Whatever the survey, whatever the sea and the sail, he strikes soundings at last only
(Where else does he strike soundings, except here?) 

The man’s body is sacred, and the woman’s body is sacred; 
No matter who it is, it is sacred; 
Is it a slave? Is it one of the dull-faced immigrants just landed on the wharf?
Each belongs here or anywhere, just as much as the well-off—just as much as you; 
Each has his or he...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
..., and look at quintillions green. 

I fly the flight of the fluid and swallowing soul; 
My course runs below the soundings of plummets.

I help myself to material and immaterial; 
No guard can shut me off, nor law prevent me. 

I anchor my ship for a little while only; 
My messengers continually cruise away, or bring their returns to me. 

I go hunting polar furs and the seal—leaping chasms with a pike-pointed
 staff—clinging to topples of brittle ...Read More

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