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Famous Stagnate Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Shelley, Percy Bysshe points of light alone
Gleamed through the darkness, the alternate gasp
Of his faint respiration scarce did stir
The stagnate night:--till the minutest ray
Was quenched, the pulse yet lingered in his heart.
It paused--it fluttered. But when heaven remained
Utterly black, the murky shades involved 
An image silent, cold, and motionless,
As their own voiceless earth and vacant air.
Even as a vapor fed with golden beams
That ministered on sunlight, ere the west
Ec...Read more of this...

by Keats, John
...wooer, to the flowery mead
Where all that beauty snar'd me."--"Cruel god,
Desist! or my offended mistress' nod
Will stagnate all thy fountains:--tease me not
With syren words--Ah, have I really got
Such power to madden thee? And is it true--
Away, away, or I shall dearly rue
My very thoughts: in mercy then away,
Kindest Alpheus for should I obey
My own dear will, 'twould be a deadly bane."--
"O, Oread-Queen! would that thou hadst a pain
Like this of mine, then would I...Read more of this...

by Browning, Robert
...vice I dropped our friend. 


Splash, went he, as under he ducked,
---At the bottom, I knew, rain-drippings stagnate:
Next, a handful of blossoms I plucked
To bury him with, my bookshelf's magnate;
Then I went in-doors, brought out a loaf,
Half a cheese, and a bottle of Chablis;
Lay on the grass and forgot the oaf
Over a jolly chapter of Rabelais.


Now, this morning, betwixt the moss
And gum that locked our friend in limbo,
A spider had spun his web ac...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
To move to your own land, and there defend 
Your marches, I was pricked with some reproof, 
As one that let foul wrong stagnate and be, 
By having looked too much through alien eyes, 
And wrought too long with delegated hands, 
Not used mine own: but now behold me come 
To cleanse this common sewer of all my realm, 
With Edyrn and with others: have ye looked 
At Edyrn? have ye seen how nobly changed? 
This work of his is great and wonderful. 
His very face with change of...Read more of this...

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...te expanse would break,
In many a gloomy alley.

A strong portcullis entrance show'd,
With ivy brown hung over;
And stagnate the green moat was found,
Whene'er the Trav'ller wander'd round,
Or moon-enamour'd Lover.

Within the spacious Courts were seen
A thousand gothic fancies;
Of banners, trophies, armour bright,
Of shields, thick batter'd in the fight,
And interwoven lances.

The BARON GOLFRE long had been
To solitude devoted;
And oft, in pray'r would pass the ...Read more of this...

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...t secure;­no fev'rish pain
Shall dart its hot-shafts thro' my brain, 
No start'ling dreams invade my mind 
No spells my stagnate pulses bind; 
No jealous agonies impart 
Their madd'ning poisons to my heart 
But sweetly lull'd to placid rest, 
The sensate tenant of my breast 
Shall one unshaken course pursue, 
Such as thy vot'ries never knew.­ 

SWEET SOLITUDE ! pure Nature's child, 
Fair pensive daughter of the wild; 
Nymph of the Forest; thee I press 
My weary sick'ning ...Read more of this...

by Wordsworth, William
...  By ignorance and parching poverty,  His energies roll back upon his heart,  And stagnate and corrupt; till changed to poison,  They break out on him, like a loathsome plague spot.  Then we call in our pamper'd mountebanks—  And this is their best cure! uncomforted.   And friendless solitude, groaning and tears.  And savage faces, at the clanking hour, ...Read more of this...

by Thompson, Francis
My freshness spent its wavering shower i' the dust.
And now my heart is as a broken fount,
Wherein tear-drippings stagnate, spilt down ever
From the dank thoughts that shiver upon the sighful branches of my

Such is. What is to be ?
The pulp so bitter, how shall taste the rind ?
I dimly guess what Time in mists confounds,
Yet ever and anon, a trumpet sounds
From the hid battlements of Eternity.
Those shaken mists a space unsettle,
Then round the half-g...Read more of this...

by Thomson, James
In her chill Progress, checks the straggling Beams,
And robs them of their gather'd, vapoury, Prey,
Where Marshes stagnate, and where Rivers wind,
Cluster the rolling Fogs, and swim along 
The dusky-mantled Lawn: then slow descend,
Once more to mingle with their Watry Friends.
The vivid Stars shine out, in radiant Files;
And boundless Ether glows, till the fair Moon
Shows her broad Visage, in the crimson'd East; 
Now, stooping, seems to kiss the passing Cloud:
Now, ...Read more of this...

by Edson, Russell
...eoretical as a point. 

 Then someone said, get up, big one, you're not doing
yourself any good. You puddle and stagnate in your weight.
Best to be up and toward. It irrigates you. 

 What, said the big one, have I not disappeared? Have you
not mistaken a cloud for me? Perhaps some local hill fulfills
your expectation? 

 No, it's no mistake, it's you; those interconnecting puddles
of flesh pulling at your bones, attempting that world-weary fall
toward the...Read more of this...

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