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Famous Steed Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Shakespeare, William
And controversy hence a question takes,
Whether the horse by him became his deed,
Or he his manage by the well-doing steed.

'But quickly on this side the verdict went:
His real habitude gave life and grace
To appertainings and to ornament,
Accomplish'd in himself, not in his case:
All aids, themselves made fairer by their place,
Came for additions; yet their purposed trim
Pieced not his grace, but were all graced by him.

'So on the tip of his subduing tongue
All ...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
...dgment often are at strife,
Tho' meant each other's Aid, like Man and Wife.
'Tis more to guide than spur the Muse's Steed;
Restrain his Fury, than provoke his Speed;
The winged Courser, like a gen'rous Horse,
Shows most true Mettle when you check his Course.

Those RULES of old discover'd, not devis'd,
Are Nature still, but Nature Methodiz'd;
Nature, like Liberty, is but restrain'd
By the same Laws which first herself ordain'd.

Hear how learn'd Greece her useful ...Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...d foam
Lay diapered in some strange fantasy,
And clasping him unto its glassy breast
Swept landward, like a white-maned steed upon a venturous quest!

Now where Colonos leans unto the sea
There lies a long and level stretch of lawn;
The rabbit knows it, and the mountain bee
For it deserts Hymettus, and the Faun
Is not afraid, for never through the day
Comes a cry ruder than the shout of shepherd lads at play.

But often from the thorny labyrinth
And tangled branches of th...Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...waste, no moment to be lost.'


Determined, silent, on they rode, and on, 
Like fabled Centaurs, men and steeds seemed one.
No bugle echoed and no voice spoke near, 
Lest on some lurking Indian's list'ning ear
The sound might fall. Through swift descending snow 
The stealthy guides crept, tracing out the foe; 
No fire was lighted, and no halt was made
From haggard gray-lipped dawn till night lent friendly shade.


Then, by the shelt'ring riv...Read More

by Keats, John
...ude that rear'd
Their voices to the clouds, a fair wrought car,
Easily rolling so as scarce to mar
The freedom of three steeds of dapple brown:
Who stood therein did seem of great renown
Among the throng. His youth was fully blown,
Shewing like Ganymede to manhood grown;
And, for those simple times, his garments were
A chieftain king's: beneath his breast, half bare,
Was hung a silver bugle, and between
His nervy knees there lay a boar-spear keen.
A smile was on his c...Read More

by Keats, John
...And catch the cheated eye in wild surprise,
How they can dive in sight and unseen rise--
So from the turf outsprang two steeds jet-black,
Each with large dark blue wings upon his back.
The youth of Caria plac'd the lovely dame
On one, and felt himself in spleen to tame
The other's fierceness. Through the air they flew,
High as the eagles. Like two drops of dew
Exhal'd to Phoebus' lips, away they are gone,
Far from the earth away--unseen, alone,
Among cool clouds a...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
...ere unknown, 
Touches some wheel, or verges to some goal; 
'Tis but a part we see, and not a whole. 
When the proud steed shall know why Man restrains 
His fiery course, or drives him o'er the plains; 
When the dull Ox, why now he breaks the clod, 
Is now a victim, and now Egypt's God:(7) 
Then shall Man's pride and dullness comprehend 
His actions', passions', being's, use and end; 
Why doing, suff'ring, check'd, impell'd; and why 
This hour a slave, the next a deity.Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...erdsman were, 
 These cattle black were his by surest right, 
 Like things but seen in horrid dreams of night. 
 The steeds are swathed in trappings manifold, 
 The armed knights are grave, and stern, and cold, 
 Terrific too; the clench'd fists seem to hold 
 Some frightful missive, which the phantom hands 
 Would show, if opened out at hell's commands. 
 The dusk exaggerates their giant size, 
 The shade is awed—the pillars coldly rise. 
 Oh, Night! why are these ...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...dless of them all, 
The cause and conqueror in this sudden fray, 
In haughty silence slowly strode away; 
He back'd his steed, his homeward path he took, 
Nor cast on Otho's tower a single look. 


But where was he? that meteor of a night, 
Who menaced but to disappear with light. 
Where was this Ezzelin? who came and went 
To leave no other trace of his intent. 
He left the dome of Otho long ere morn, 
In darkness, yet so well the path was worn 
He could...Read More

by Milton, John
...can do 
Single against thee wicked, and thence weak. 
The Fiend replied not, overcome with rage; 
But, like a proud steed reined, went haughty on, 
Champing his iron curb: To strive or fly 
He held it vain; awe from above had quelled 
His heart, not else dismayed. Now drew they nigh 
The western point, where those half-rounding guards 
Just met, and closing stood in squadron joined, 
A waiting next command. To whom their Chief, 
Gabriel, from the front thus called...Read More

by Milton, John
...s, fierce faces threatening war, 
Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise; 
Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed, 
Single or in array of battle ranged 
Both horse and foot, nor idly mustering stood; 
One way a band select from forage drives 
A herd of beeves, fair oxen and fair kine, 
From a fat meadow ground; or fleecy flock, 
Ewes and their bleating lambs over the plain, 
Their booty; scarce with life the shepherds fly, 
But call in aid, which makes a bloody fr...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark, 
And beneath from the pebbles, in passing, a spark 
Struck out by a steed that flies fearless and fleet: 
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light, 
The fate of a nation was riding that night; 
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight, 
Kindled the land into flame with its heat. 

He has left the village and mounted the steep, 
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep, 
Is the Mysti...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...of oxen and cows; 
I see the table-lands notch’d with ravines—I see the jungles and deserts; 
I see the camel, the wild steed, the bustard, the fat-tail’d sheep, the antelope, and the
 burrowing wolf. 

I see the high-lands of Abyssinia;
I see flocks of goats feeding, and see the fig-tree, tamarind, date, 
And see fields of teff-wheat, and see the places of verdure and gold. 

I see the Brazilian vaquero; 
I see the Bolivian ascending Mount Sorata; 
I see the Wacho cr...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...face seen in a glass;
He looked; and there Our Lady was,
She stood and stroked the tall live grass
As a man strokes his steed.

Her face was like an open word
When brave men speak and choose,
The very colours of her coat
Were better than good news.

She spoke not, nor turned not,
Nor any sign she cast,
Only she stood up straight and free,
Between the flowers in Athelney,
And the river running past.

One dim ancestral jewel hung
On his ruined armour grey,
He rent a...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
Aught that beseems a man in thee. 
Thou, when thine arm should bend the bow, 
And hurl the dart, and curb the steed, 
Thou, Greek in soul if not in creed, 
Must pore where babbling waters flow, 
And watch unfolding roses blow. 
Would that yon orb, whose matin glow 
Thy listless eyes so much admire, 
Would lend thee something of his fire! 
Thou, who wouldst see this battlement 
By Christian cannon piecemeal rent; 
Nay, tamely view old Stamboul's wall 
Before the ...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...she loved
Another; even now she loved another,
And on the summit of that hill she stood
Looking afar if yet her lover's steed
Kept pace with her expectancy, and flew.


A change came o'er the spirit of my dream.
There was an ancient mansion, and before
Its walls there was a steed caparisoned:
Within an antique Oratory stood
The Boy of whom I spake;—he was alone,
And pale, and pacing to and fro: anon
He sate him down, and seized a pen, and traced
Words which I coul...Read More

by Bridges, Robert Seymour
And to kind salutation give good heed:
I ride as one who for his pleasure rides,
And stroke the neck of my delighted steed,
And seek what cheer the village inn provides. 

An idle June day on the sunny Thames,
Floating or rowing as our fancy led,
Now in the high beams basking as we sped,
Now in green shade gliding by mirror'd stems;
By lock and weir and isle, and many a spot
Of memoried pleasure, glad with strength and skill,
Friendship, good wine, and mirth, that s...Read More

by Wordsworth, William
...bsp;And Johnny's lips they burr, burr, burr,  And on he goes beneath the moon.   His steed and he right well agree,  For of this pony there's a rumour,  That should he lose his eyes and ears,  And should he live a thousand years,  He never will be out of humour.   But then he is a horse that thinks!  And when he thinks his pace is slack;  ...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...t once
     The awakened mountain gave response.
     A hundred dogs bayed deep and strong,
     Clattered a hundred steeds along,
     Their peal the merry horns rung out,
     A hundred voices joined the shout;
     With hark and whoop and wild halloo,
     No rest Benvoirlich's echoes knew.
     Far from the tumult fled the roe,
     Close in her covert cowered the doe,
     The falcon, from her cairn on high,
     Cast on the rout a wondering eye,
     Till fa...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...>And stopp'd the burning wheels that mark the sphere,(As a well-managed steed his lord obeys,And at the straiten'd rein his course delays,)And still the flying war the tide of dayPursued, and show'd their bands in wild dismay.—Victorious faith! to thee belongs the prize;In earth thy power is felt,...Read More

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