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Famous Steeling Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Schiller, Friedrich von
...that gods have known,
Soul's sweet interchange of feeling,
Melting tears--he never knows,
Each hard sense the hard one steeling,
Arms against a world of foes.

Alive, as the wind-harp, how lightly soever
If wooed by the zephyr, to music will quiver,
Is woman to hope and to fear;
All, tender one! still at the shadow of grieving,
How quiver the chords--how thy bosom is heaving--
How trembles thy glance through the tear!

Man's dominion, war and labor;
Might to right the st...Read more of this...

by Sherrick, Fannie Isabelle
...ll that he loved—
  Stilling his heart's wild cry.
Proudly his mother, with royal pride,
  Stifled her last regret;
Steeling her heart—but her dream was in vain
  For the star of his race was set.
Surely the moon as he slept at night
  Whispered his doom on high;
Surely the waves in their rocky beds
  Mourned as he passed them by.
For never again in the dusky night
  Would the prince go sailing by;
Weaving his dreams with a boyish pride
  Under the shadowy sky.
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by Miller, Alice Duer
...n many, earlier than some,
I knew the die was cast— that war must come;
That war must come. Night after night I lay
Steeling a broken heart to face the day
When he, my son— would tread the very same
Path that his father trod. When the day came
I was not steeled— not ready. Foolish, wild
Words issued from my lips— 'My child, my child,
Why should you die for England too?' He smiled:
'Is she not worth it, if I must?' he said.
John would have answered yes— but Joh...Read more of this...

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