Poetry Forum Areas

Introduce Yourself

New to PoetrySoup? Introduce yourself here. Tell us something about yourself.

Looking for a Poem

Can't find a poem you've read before? Looking for a poem for a special person or an occasion? Ask other member for help.

Writing Poetry

Ways to improve your poetry. Post your techniques, tips, and creative ideas how to write better.

High Critique

For poets who want unrestricted constructive criticism. This is NOT a vanity workshop. If you do not want your poem seriously critiqued, do not post here. Constructive criticism only. PLEASE Only Post One Poem a Day!!!

How do I...?

Ask PoetrySoup Members how to do something or find something on PoetrySoup.



You have an ad blocker! We understand, but...

PoetrySoup is a small privately owned website. Our means of support comes from advertising revenue. We want to keep PoetrySoup alive, make it better, and keep it free. Please support us by disabling your ad blocker on PoetrySoup. See how to enable ads while keeping your ad blocker active. Also, did you know you can become a PoetrySoup Lifetime Premium Member and block ads forever...while getting many more great features. Take a look! Thank you!
Get Your Premium Membership


Jonah

by
 A purple whale 
Proudly sweeps his tail 
Towards Nineveh; 
Glassy green 
Surges between
A mile of roaring sea.
“O town of gold, Of splendour multifold, Lucre and lust, Leviathan’s eye Can surely spy Thy doom of death and dust.
” On curving sands Vengeful Jonah stands.
“Yet forty days, Then down, down, Tumbles the town In flaming ruin ablaze.
” With swift lament Those Ninevites repent.
They cry in tears, “Our hearts fail!” The whale, the whale! Our sins prick us like spears.
” Jonah is vexed; He cries, “What next? what next?” And shakes his fist.
“Stupid city, The shame, the pity, The glorious crash I’ve missed.
” Away goes Jonah grumbling, Murmuring and mumbling; Off ploughs the purple whale, With disappointed tail.

Poem by
Biography | Poems | Best Poems | Short Poems | Quotes | Email Poem - JonahEmail Poem | Create an image from this poem

Poems are below...


Top Robert Graves Poems

Analysis and Comments on Jonah

Provide your analysis, explanation, meaning, interpretation, and comments on the poem Jonah here.