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Famous Speculations Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Dickinson, Emily
...Besides this May
We know
There is Another --
How fair
Our Speculations of the Foreigner!

Some know Him whom We knew --
Sweet Wonder --
A Nature be
Where Saints, and our plain going Neighbor
Keep May!...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...ible doubt of appearances, 
Of the uncertainty after all—that we may be deluded, 
That may-be reliance and hope are but speculations after all, 
That may-be identity beyond the grave is a beautiful fable only, 
May-be the things I perceive—the animals, plants, men, hills, shining and flowing
The skies of day and night—colors, densities, forms—May-be these are, (as
 are,) only apparitions, and the real something has yet to be known; 
(How often they d...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...and middle age declining, 
(As the first volume of a tale perused and laid away, and this the second, 
Songs, ventures, speculations, presently to close,) 
Lingering a moment, here and now, to You I opposite turn,
As on the road, or at some crevice door, by chance, or open’d window, 
Pausing, inclining, baring my head, You specially I greet, 
To draw and clench your Soul, for once, inseparably with mine, 
Then travel, travel on....Read More

by Milton, John 
Of reason in my inward powers; and speech 
Wanted not long; though to this shape retained. 
Thenceforth to speculations high or deep 
I turned my thoughts, and with capacious mind 
Considered all things visible in Heaven, 
Or Earth, or Middle; all things fair and good: 
But all that fair and good in thy divine 
Semblance, and in thy beauty's heavenly ray, 
United I beheld; no fair to thine 
Equivalent or second! which compelled 
Me thus, though importune perhaps,...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...e, repining not,
Accepting all from Thee—as duly come from Thee.) 

All my emprises have been fill’d with Thee, 
My speculations, plans, begun and carried on in thoughts of Thee, 
Sailing the deep, or journeying the land for Thee; 
Intentions, purports, aspirations mine—leaving results to Thee.

O I am sure they really come from Thee! 
The urge, the ardor, the unconquerable will, 
The potent, felt, interior command, stronger than words, 
A message from the Heavens, wh...Read More

by Lehman, David
it's an epistemological quandary: what I consider
valuable, would they? Who are they, anyway? I'd answer that
with speculations based on newspaper accounts if I were
Donald E. Westlake, whose novels I'm hooked on, but
this first cigarette after twenty-four hours
of abstinence tastes so good it makes me want
to include it in my catalogue of pleasures
designed to hide the ugliness or sweep it away
the way the violent overflow of rain over cliffs
cleans the sewers and d...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...en are taught to be laws to themselves, and to depend on themselves;
Where equanimity is illustrated in affairs; 
Where speculations on the Soul are encouraged; 
Where women walk in public processions in the streets, the same as the men, 
Where they enter the public assembly and take places the same as the men; 
Where the city of the faithfulest friends stands;
Where the city of the cleanliness of the sexes stands; 
Where the city of the healthiest fathers stands; 
Where the ...Read More

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