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Famous Staffs Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
...We mix from many lands,
We march for very far;
In hearts and lips and hands
Our staffs and weapons are;
The light we walk in darkens sun and moon and star.

It doth not flame and wane
With years and spheres that roll,
Storm cannot shake nor stain
The strength that makes it whole,
The fire that moulds and moves it of the sovereign soul.

We are they that have to cope
With time till time retire;
We live on hopeless hope,
We feed o...Read More



by Whitman, Walt
...aw them, 
And carried hither and yon through the smoke, and torn and bloody;
And at last but a few shreds left on the staffs, (and all in silence,) 
And the staffs all splinter’d and broken. 

I saw battle-corpses, myriads of them, 
And the white skeletons of young men—I saw them; 
I saw the debris and debris of all the dead soldiers of the war;
But I saw they were not as was thought; 
They themselves were fully at rest—they suffer’d not; 
The living remain’d an...Read More

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