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Famous Surprisal Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Milton, John
...u then thyself approach so near
As to make this relation?
 SPIR. Care and utmost
How to secure the Lady from surprisal
Brought to my mind a certain shepherd lad,
Of small regard to see to, yet well skilled
In every virtuous plant and healing herb
That spreads her verdant leaf to the morning ray.
He loved me well, and oft would beg me sing;
Which when I did, he on the tender grass
Would sit, and hearken even to ecstasy,
And in requital ope his leathern scrip,
An...Read More

by Milton, John, for that shall be withstood; 
But by deceit and lies: This let him know, 
Lest, wilfully transgressing, he pretend 
Surprisal, unadmonished, unforewarned. 
So spake the Eternal Father, and fulfilled 
All justice: Nor delayed the winged Saint 
After his charge received; but from among 
Thousand celestial Ardours, where he stood 
Veiled with his gorgeous wings, up springing light, 
Flew through the midst of Heaven; the angelick quires, 
On each hand parting, to his spee...Read More

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