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Famous Supple Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Browning, Robert
...hat survives myself? 
The brazen statue to o'erlook my grave, 
Set on the promontory which I named. 
And that--some supple courtier of my heir 
Shall use its robed and sceptred arm, perhaps, 
To fix the rope to, which best drags it down. 
I go then: triumph thou, who dost not go!" 

Nay, thou art worthy of hearing my whole mind. 
Is this apparent, when thou turn'st to muse 
Upon the scheme of earth and man in chief, 
That admiration grows as knowledge grows? 
That...Read more of this...

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
All its mystery and its magic, 
All the lightness of the birch-tree, 
All the toughness of the cedar, 
All the larch's supple sinews; 
And it floated on the river 
Like a yellow leaf in Autumn, 
Like a yellow water-lily.
Paddles none had Hiawatha, 
Paddles none he had or needed, 
For his thoughts as paddles served him, 
And his wishes served to guide him;
Swift or slow at will he glided, 
Veered to right or left at pleasure.
Then he called aloud to Kwasind, 
To his f...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt in his walk, the carriage of his neck, the flex of his waist and knees—dress does
 not hide him; 
The strong, sweet, supple quality he has, strikes through the cotton and flannel;
To see him pass conveys as much as the best poem, perhaps more; 
You linger to see his back, and the back of his neck and shoulder-side. 

The sprawl and fulness of babes, the bosoms and heads of women, the folds of their dress,
 their style as we pass in the street, the contour of their shap...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...shall have scope and breathing space;
I will take some savage woman, she shall rear my dusky race. 

Iron-jointed, supple-sinew'd, they shall dive, and they shall run,
Catch the wild goat by the hair, and hurl their lances in the sun; 

Whistle back the parrot's call, and leap the rainbows of the brooks,
Not with blinded eyesight poring over miserable books-- 

Fool, again the dream, the fancy! but I know my words are wild,
But I count the gray barbarian lower than the C...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord and Faun,
And here an Oread -- how the sun delights
To glance and shift about her slippery sides,
And rosy knees and supple roundedness,
And budded bosom-peaks -- who this way runs
Before the rest! -- a satyr, a satyr, see,
Follows; but him I proved impossible
Twy-natured is no nature. Yet he draws
Nearer and nearer, and I scan him now
Beastlier than any phantom of his kind
That ever butted his rough brother-brute
For lust or lusty blood or provender.
I hate, abhor...Read more of this...

by Wheatley, Phillis
His sighs portend his near impending fate.
Just where the well-made leg begins to be,
And the soft sinews form the supple knee,
The youth sore wounded by the Delian god
Attempts t' extract the crime-avenging rod,
But, whilst he strives the will of fate t' avert,
Divine Apollo sends a second dart;
Swift thro' his throat the feather'd mischief flies,
Bereft of sense, he drops his head, and dies.

Young Ilioneus, the last, directs his pray'r,
And cries, "My life, ye god...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
...ounsels might erect 
Our minds, and teach us to cast off this yoke? 
Will ye submit your necks, and choose to bend 
The supple knee? Ye will not, if I trust 
To know ye right, or if ye know yourselves 
Natives and sons of Heaven possessed before 
By none; and if not equal all, yet free, 
Equally free; for orders and degrees 
Jar not with liberty, but well consist. 
Who can in reason then, or right, assume 
Monarchy over such as live by right 
His equals, if in power and s...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
...y heart o'erflowed. 
Myself I then perused, and limb by limb 
Surveyed, and sometimes went, and sometimes ran 
With supple joints, as lively vigour led: 
But who I was, or where, or from what cause, 
Knew not; to speak I tried, and forthwith spake; 
My tongue obeyed, and readily could name 
Whate'er I saw. Thou Sun, said I, fair light, 
And thou enlightened Earth, so fresh and gay, 
Ye Hills, and Dales, ye Rivers, Woods, and Plains, 
And ye that live and move, fair Cr...Read more of this...

by Seeger, Alan
...scented softnesses they shield to arms that catch and close them round, 

Surrender, swift to be possessed, the silken supple forms beneath 
To all the bliss the measures breathe and all the madness they suggest. 

Crowds congregate and make a ring. Four deep they stand and strain to see 
The tango in its ecstasy of glowing lives that clasp and cling. 

Lithe limbs relaxed, exalted eyes fastened on vacancy, they seem 
To float upon the perfumed stream of some v...Read more of this...

by Lowell, Amy
...She ran towards him. "It is so long 
now Since I have felt a bite,
I lost all heart for everything." She stood,
Supple and strong, beside him, and her blood
Tingled her lissom body to a glow.

She quickly seized the fish and with a stone Ended 
its flurry, then removed the hook,
Untied the fly with well-poised fingers. Done, She 
asked him where he kept his fishing-book.
He pointed to a coat flung on the ground. She searched the 
pockets, found a s...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord, and far away,
Among the honest shoulders of the crowd,
Read rascal in the motions of his back,
And scoundrel in the supple-sliding knee.' 

`Was he so bound, poor soul?' said the good wife;
`So are we all: but do not call him, love,
Before you prove him, rogue, and proved, forgive.
His gain is loss; for he that wrongs his friend
Wrongs himself more, and ever bears about
A silent court of justice in his breast,
Himself the judge and jury, and himself
The prisoner a...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...ts of the rheumatic move as smoothly as ever, and smoother than ever, 
Stiflings and passages open—the paralyzed become supple, 
The swell’d and convuls’d and congested awake to themselves in condition,
They pass the invigoration of the night, and the chemistry of the night, and awake. 

I too pass from the night, 
I stay a while away, O night, but I return to you again, and love you. 

Why should I be afraid to trust myself to you? 
I am not afraid—I have been wel...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
A few light kisses, a few embraces, a reaching around of arms; 
The play of shine and shade on the trees as the supple boughs wag; 
The delight alone, or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields and
The feeling of health, the full-noon trill, the song of me rising from bed and
 meeting the sun. 

Have you reckon’d a thousand acres much? have you reckon’d the earth
Have you practis’d so long to learn to read? 
Have you felt so p...Read more of this...

by Stevens, Wallace
...mother of beauty, mystical,
Within whose burning bosom we devise
Our earthly mothers waiting, sleeplessly.

Supple and turbulent, a ring of men
Shall chant in orgy on a summer morn
Their boisterous devotion to the sun,
Not as a god, but as a god might be,
Naked among them, like a savage source.
Their chant shall be a chant of paradise,
Out of their blood, returning to the sky;
And in their chant shall enter, voice by voice,
The windy lake wherein their...Read more of this...

by Lazarus, Emma
...with wise mermaids' plaintive melody. 


What do the sea-nymphs in that coral cave? 
With wondering eyes their supple forms they bend 
O'er something rarely beautiful. They lend 
Their lithe white arms, and through the golden wave 
They lift it tenderly. Oh blinding sight! 
A naked, radiant goddess, tranced in sleep, 
Full-limbed, voluptuous, 'neath the mantling sweep 
Of auburn locks that kiss her ankles white! 
Upward they bear her, chanting low and sweet: ...Read more of this...

by Bradstreet, Anne
...ood, and Youth, the Manly, and Old-age.
1.3 The first: son unto Phlegm, grand-child to water,
1.4 Unstable, supple, moist, and cold's his Nature.
1.5 The second: frolic claims his pedigree;
1.6 From blood and air, for hot and moist is he.
1.7 The third of fire and choler is compos'd,
1.8 Vindicative, and quarrelsome dispos'd.
1.9 The last, of earth and heavy melancholy,
1.10 Solid, hating all lightness, and all folly.
1....Read more of this...

by Chaucer, Geoffrey good point;
His eyen steep,* and rolling in his head, *deep-set
That steamed as a furnace of a lead.
His bootes supple, his horse in great estate,
Now certainly he was a fair prelate;
He was not pale as a forpined* ghost; *wasted
A fat swan lov'd he best of any roast.
His palfrey was as brown as is a berry.

A FRIAR there was, a wanton and a merry,
A limitour , a full solemne man.
In all the orders four is none that can* *knows
So much of dalliance and...Read more of this...

by Bukowski, Charles
...s was the youngest and most beautiful of 5 sisters. Cass was the most beautiful girl
in town. 1/2 Indian with a supple and strange body, a snake-like and fiery body with eyes
to go with it. Cass was fluid moving fire. She was like a spirit stuck into a form that
would not hold her. Her hair was black and long and silken and whirled about as did her
body. Her spirit was either very high or very low. There was no in between for Cass. Some
said sh...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...rode him down: 
And Cyril seeing it, pushed against the Prince, 
With Psyche's colour round his helmet, tough, 
Strong, supple, sinew-corded, apt at arms; 
But tougher, heavier, stronger, he that smote 
And threw him: last I spurred; I felt my veins 
Stretch with fierce heat; a moment hand to hand, 
And sword to sword, and horse to horse we hung, 
Till I struck out and shouted; the blade glanced, 
I did but shear a feather, and dream and truth 
Flowed from me; darkness closed...Read more of this...

by Masefield, John 

I did but glance upon these anchored ships. 
Even as my thought had told, I saw her plain; 
Tense, like a supple athlete with lean hips, 
Swiftness at pause, the Wanderer come again-- 

Come as of old a queen, untouched by Time, 
Resting the beauty that no seas could tire, 
Sparkling, as though the midnight's rain were rime, 
Like a man's thought transfigured into fire, 

And as I looked, one of her men began 
To sing some simple tune of Christmas day; 
Among he...Read more of this...

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