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Famous Surrenders Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Tebb, Barry

Of Leeds Nine.


Margaret, hold my hand

As we set out into the

Land of summers lost

A day-time ghost surrenders

At the top of the steps

To the Aire where we

Looked over the Hollows

Misted with memory and

Images of summer.

We are standing on the corner of Falmouth Place

We are standing by the steps to the Aire

We are standing outside the Maypole

Falling into Eden.


Falling into Eden is just a beginning

Hoardings on the gable ends ...Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...heroes now as when
The gods came down to measure strength with men.
Let danger threaten or let duty call, 
And self surrenders to the needs of all; 
Incurs vast perils, or, to save those dear, 
Embraces death without one sigh or tear.
Life's martyrs still the endless drama play
Though no great Homer lives to chant their worth to-day.


And if he chanted, who would list his songs, 
So hurried now the world's gold-seeking throngs? 
And yet shall silence man...Read More

by de la Mare, Walter whose wonder 
Was the very proof of me? 
Memory fades, must the remembered 
Perishing be? 

Oh, when this my dust surrenders 
Hand, foot, lip, to dust again, 
May these loved and loving faces 
Please other men! 
May the rusting harvest hedgerow 
Still the Traveller's Joy entwine, 
And as happy children gather 
Posies once mine. 

Look thy last on all things lovely, 
Every hour. Let no night 
Seal thy sense in deathly slumber 
Till to delight 
Thou have paid thy ...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...wn-'earted -- 'ow CAN yer explain it?
 I keeps gettin' prisoners every chance.
As soon as they sees me they ups and surrenders,
 Extended like monkeys wot's tryin' to climb;
And I uses me bay'nit -- to slit their suspenders --
 Part of me outfit every time.

Four 'Uns; lor, wot a bag!
'Ere, Fritz, sample a ***!
Oh my, ain't it a gyme!
Part of me outfit every time....Read More

by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
That ev'ry one the Best that meets his eyes
As God, yea e'en his God, doth recognise;
To Him both earth and heaven surrenders he,
Fears Him, and loves Him too, if that may be.

 1816....Read More

by Hopkins, Gerard Manley
...ic that I care to hear. 

Shape nothing, lips; be lovely-dumb:
It is the shut, the curfew sent
From there where all surrenders come
Which only makes you eloquent. 

Be shellèd, eyes, with double dark
And find the uncreated light:
This ruck and reel which you remark
Coils, keeps, and teases simple sight. 

Palate, the hutch of tasty lust,
Desire not to be rinsed with wine:
The can must be so sweet, the crust
So fresh that come in fasts divine! 

Nostrils, your care...Read More

by Eluard, Paul
The final toilet of time 

Hardly a memory remains 
the dried-up well of virtue 
In the long, oppressive absences 
One surrenders to tender flesh 
Under the spell of weakness 

III. As deep as the silence 

As deep as the silence 
Of a corpse under ground 
With nothing but darkness in mind 

As dull and deaf 
As autumn by the pond 
Covered with stale shame 

Poison, deprived of its flower 
And of its golden beasts 
out its night onto man 

IV. Patience 

You, my pati...Read More

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