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Famous Spere Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Chatterton, Thomas
...nge doe heie shewe ynne drierie pryde, 
Lyche gore-red estells in the eve merk skyes; 
The nome-depeyncted shields, the speres aryse, 
Alyche talle roshes on the water syde; 
Alenge from bark to bark the bryghte sheene flyes; 
Sweft-kerv'd delyghtes doe on the water glyde. 
Sprytes of the bleste, and everich Seyncte ydedde, 
Poure owte youre pleasaunce on mie fadres hedde. 


The Sarasen lokes owte: he doethe feere, 
That Englondes brondeous sonnes do cotte ...Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)
For had I founded in fere in feyghtyng wyse,
I haue a hauberghe at home and a helme bothe,
A schelde and a scharp spere, schinande bryyght,
Ande other weppenes to welde, I wene wel, als;
Bot for I wolde no were, my wedez ar softer.
Bot if thou be so bold as alle burnez tellen,
Thou wyl grant me godly the gomen that I ask
bi ryyght."
Arthour con onsware,
And sayd, "Sir cortays knyyght,
If thou craue batayl bare,
Here faylez thou not to fyyght."
"Nay...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...'But natheles, by that god I thee swere,
That, as him list, may al this world governe,
And, if I lye, Achilles with his spere
Myn herte cleve, al were my lyf eterne, 
As I am mortal, if I late or yerne
Wolde it biwreye, or dorste, or sholde conne,
For al the good that god made under sonne;

'That rather deye I wolde, and determyne,
As thinketh me, now stokked in presoun, 
In wrecchednesse, in filthe, and in vermyne,
Caytif to cruel king Agamenoun;
And this, in alle the temple...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...nd that day they fighte mente;
But on a day wel armed, bright and shene,
Ector, and many a worthy wight out wente,
With spere in hond and bigge bowes bente; 
And in the herd, with-oute lenger lette,
Hir fomen in the feld anoon hem mette.

The longe day, with speres sharpe y-grounde,
With arwes, dartes, swerdes, maces felle,
They fighte and bringen hors and man to grounde, 
And with hir axes out the braynes quelle.
But in the laste shour, sooth for to telle,
The folk o...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...hat cause is of my torment and my sorwe;
For whiche, O brighte Lucina the clere, 
For love of god, ren faste aboute thy spere!
For whan thyn hornes newe ginne springe,
Than shal she come, that may my blisse bringe!'

The day is more, and lenger every night,
Than they be wont to be, him thoughte tho; 
And that the sonne wente his course unright
By lenger wey than it was wont to go;
And seyde, 'Y-wis, me dredeth ever-mo,
The sonnes sone, Pheton, be on-lyve,
And that his fadres ...Read More

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