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Famous Suffices Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Cavafy, Constantine P
...o many numbers, I am not one
of the many units there. In the final sum
I have not been calculated. And this joy suffices me....Read More



by Levy, Amy
..."To see my love suffices me."
--Ballades in Blue China.


Some men to carriages aspire; 
On some the costly hansoms wait;
Some seek a fly, on job or hire;
Some mount the trotting steed, elate.
I envy not the rich and great,
A wandering minstrel, poor and free,
I am contented with my fate --
An omnibus suffices me.

In winter days of rain and mire
I find with...Read More

by McKay, Claude
...The perfume of your body dulls my sense. 
I want nor wine nor weed; your breath alone 
Suffices. In this moment rare and tense 
I worship at your breast. The flower is blown, 
The saffron petals tempt my amorous mouth, 
The yellow heart is radiant now with dew 
Soft-scented, redolent of my loved South; 
O flower of love! I give myself to you. 
Uncovered on your couch of figured green, 
Here let us linger indivisible. 
The porta...Read More

by Tebb, Barry
...ly ambiguous,

Lying across her forked thigh.



I buy rum for her ‘many parents’, for her

One cheap dress a month suffices; in return

She gathers fish and wild-fruit from the blue

Mountain groves where no white man walks.

Once when I fished from the long canoes

A fish caught the hook in its lower jaw, laughing

I learnt this meant my vahine was unfaithful :

She answered ‘Beat me’ but I lay down by her side.

I bathe in ‘the stream of life’, naked to offend
...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...lone --
Or breaking -- almost -- with unspoken pain --

And I turned -- ducal --
That right -- was thine --
One port -- suffices -- for a Brig -- like mine --

Ours be the tossing -- wild though the sea --
Rather than a Mooring -- unshared by thee.
Ours be the Cargo -- unladed -- here --
Rather than the "spicy isles --"
And thou -- not there --...Read More



by Alighieri, Dante
...re him, trembling stayed, 
 "Heed where thou enterest in thy trust, nor say, 
 I walk in safety, for the width of way 
 Suffices." 
 But my guide the answer took, 
 "Why dost thou cry? or leave thine ordered trade 
 For that which nought belongs thee? Hinder not 
 His destined path. For where he goeth is willed, 
 Where that is willed prevaileth." 
 Now
 was filled 
 The darker air with wailing. Wailing shook 
 My soul to hear it. Where we entered now 
 No...Read More

by Yalcinkaya, Ahmet
...I cannot say come to you 
I cannot call you while I am like you
I do not call you from climates far away
before fears
if you would find me 
in gardens without nightingales
I run away
/ may be you catch me without roses
maybe you wound me /
I stand out to sea at that, it is the way
I do not look at the deep
/ may be my ship rushes to you
I come t...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...of pinions--let them soar! 
I may put forth angel's plumage, once unmanned, but not before. 

Now on earth to stand suffices,--nay, if kneeling serves, to kneel: 
Here you front me, here I find the all of heaven that earth can feel: 
Sense looks straight,--not over,under,--perfect sees beyond appeal. 

Good you are and wise, full circle: what to me were more outside? 
Wiser wisdom, better goodness? Ah, such want the angel's wide 
Sense to take and hold and keep them! ...Read More

by Juana Inés de la Cruz, Sor
...ed such--
only that I hope I may be yours.

   I saw you-need more be said?
To broadcast a fire,
telling the cause suffices--
no need to apportion blame for the effect.

   Seeing you so exalted
does not prevent my daring;
no god is ever secure
against the lofty flight of human thought.

    There are women more deserving,
yet in distance from heaven
the humblest of valleys
seems no farther than the highest peak.

   In sum, I must admit
to the crime of ado...Read More

by Juana Inés de la Cruz, Sor
...ed such--
only that I hope I may be yours.

   I saw you-need more be said?
To broadcast a fire,
telling the cause suffices--
no need to apportion blame for the effect.

   Seeing you so exalted
does not prevent my daring;
no god is ever secure
against the lofty flight of human thought.

    There are women more deserving,
yet in distance from heaven
the humblest of valleys
seems no farther than the highest peak.

   In sum, I must admit
to the crime of ado...Read More

by Bronte, Charlotte
...he ray of Deity that rests on him, 
In my eyes makes Olympian glory dim. 

The world advances, Greek, or Roman rite
Suffices not the inquiring mind to stay;
The searching soul demands a purer light 
To guide it on its upward, onward way;
Ashamed of sculptured gods­Religion turns 
To where the unseen Jehovah's altar burns. 

Our faith is rotten­all our rites defiled,
Our temples sullied, and methinks, this man,
With his new ordinance, so wise and mild,
Is come, even as...Read More

by Milton, John
...ion into Act and Scene
referring chiefly to the Stage (to which this work never was
intended) is here omitted.

 It suffices if the whole Drama be found not produc't beyond the
fift Act, of the style and uniformitie, and that commonly call'd the
Plot, whether intricate or explicit, which is nothing indeed but such
oeconomy, or disposition of the fable as may stand best with
verisimilitude and decorum; they only will best judge who are not
unacquainted with Aeschulus, Soph...Read More

by Gibran, Kahlil
...s closing upon us even as the water-lily upon its own tomorrow. 

What was given us here we shall keep, 

And if it suffices not, then again must we come together and together stretch our hands unto the giver. 

Forget not that I shall come back to you. 

A little while, and my longing shall gather dust and foam for another body. 

A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me. 

Farewell to you and the youth I have spent ...Read More

by Rilke, Rainer Maria
...project, too large a morsel
for the heart's mouth.

Future, who won't wait for you?
Everyone is going there.
It suffices you to deepen
the absence that we are....Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...on. If but the way be straight, 
 It cannot go amiss! before me lies 
 Dawn and the Day; the Night behind me; that 
 Suffices me; I break the bounds; I see, 
 And nothing more; believe, and nothing less. 
 My future is not one of my concerns. 
 
 PROF. E. DOWDEN. 


 I AM CONTENT. 
 
 ("J'habite l'ombre.") 
 
 {1855.} 


 True; I dwell lone, 
 Upon sea-beaten cape, 
 Mere raft of stone; 
 Whence all escape 
 Save one who shrinks not f...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...-into life with boldness he plunges,
Entering with fortune more sure into the hazardous strife;
But to woman one virtue suffices; it is ever shining
Lovingly forth to the heart; so let it shine to the eye!...Read More

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