On The Extinction Of The Venetian Republic

Once did She hold the gorgeous East in fee; And was the safeguard of the west: the worth Of Venice did not fall below her birth, Venice, the eldest Child of Liberty. . . .

The Birth-of-State Poem. This brand of poem marks the birth of a government or reign. Here's an excerpt by an unknown author chronicling the birth of the United States:

INDEPENDENCE BELL —JULY 4, 1776

There was a tumult in the city In the quaint old Quaker town, And the streets were rife with people Pacing restless up and down —

People gathering at corners,

Where they whispered each to each. . . .

The Tribute. Such poetry commemorates the contributions of a person, past or present. Here is an excerpt from one of the most famous examples by John Keats, praising a translation by George Chapman who had lived in the earlier Elizabethan era:

ON FIRST LOOKING INTO CHAPMAN'S HOMER Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I been Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold. Oft of one wide expanse had I been told

That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne; Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: . . .

The Animal Elegy. Poets through the ages have written verses for departed pets, as in this excerpt of a lyric by Thomas Gray:

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