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Famous Successors Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Freneau, Philip
...r exit made; 
So long befriended by your art, 
Philosopher, 'tis hard to part!-- 

When monarchs tumble to the ground, 
Successors easily are found: 
But, matchless FRANKLIN! what a few 
Can hope to rival such as YOU, 
Who seized from kings their sceptered pride, 
And turned the lightning darts aside....Read More

by Bryant, William Cullen
...her face no more. 
No only here and there a little star 
Looks forth alone. Ah me! I know them not, 
Those dim successors of the numberless host 
That filled the heavenly fields, and flung to earth 
Their guivering fires. And now the middle watch 
Betwixt the eve and morn is past, and still 
The darkness gains upon the sky, and still 
It closes round my way. Shall, then, the Night, 
Grow starless in her later hours? Have these 
No train of flaming watchers, t...Read More

by Gorman, Amanda
Somehow we do it
Somehow we've weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn't broken
but simply unfinished
We the successors of a country and a time
Where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one
And yes we are far from polished
far from pristine
but that doesn't mean we are
striving to form a union that is perfect
We are striving to forge a union with purpose
...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...though she herself effect 
But little: wherefore up and act, nor shrink 
For fear our solid aim be dissipated 
By frail successors. Would, indeed, we had been, 
In lieu of many mortal flies, a race 
Of giants living, each, a thousand years, 
That we might see our own work out, and watch 
The sandy footprint harden into stone.' 

I answered nothing, doubtful in myself 
If that strange Poet-princess with her grand 
Imaginations might at all be won. 
And she broke ou...Read More

by Stevenson, Robert Louis
...ldren are. 

Now in the elders' seat 
We rest with quiet feet, 
And from the window-bay 
We watch the children, our successors, play. 

"Time was," the golden head 
Irrevocably said; 
But time which one can bind, 
While flowing fast away, leaves love behind....Read More

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