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Famous Acheron Poems by Famous Poets

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by Brackenridge, Hugh Henry
Flows out to water it; black streams and foul 
Which from the lake of Tartarus break forth, 
The sickly tide of Acheron which flows, 
With putrid waves through the infernal shades. 
This plant of heaven loves the gentle beams, 
Of truth and meekness, and the kindly dew 
Which fell on Zion hill; it loves the care 
Of humble shepherds, and the rural swain, 
And tended by their hands it flourishes 
With fruit and blossoms, and soon gives a shade, 
Beneath which ev'ry...Read more of this...

by Wilde, Oscar
...a guerdon from her pallid Lord,
And let Desire pass across dread Charon's icy ford.


In melancholy moonless Acheron,
Farm for the goodly earth and joyous day
Where no spring ever buds, nor ripening sun
Weighs down the apple trees, nor flowery May
Chequers with chestnut blooms the grassy floor,
Where thrushes never sing, and piping linnets mate no more,

There by a dim and dark Lethaean well
Young Charmides was lying; wearily
He plucked the blossoms from the asphod...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
...fted up;
But, for that damned magician, let him be girt
With all the griesly legions that troop
Under the sooty flag of Acheron,
Harpies and Hydras, or all the monstrous forms
'Twixt Africa and Ind, I'll find him out,
And force him to return his purchase back,
Or drag him by the curls to a foul death,
Cursed as his life.
 SPIR. Alas! good venturous youth,
I love thy courage yet, and bold emprise;
But here thy sword can do thee little stead.
Far other arms and othe...Read more of this...

by Alighieri, Dante
...feeble light." 

Ed elli a me: «Le cose ti fier conte 
quando noi fermerem li nostri passi 
su la trista riviera d'Acheronte ». 

And he to me: "When we have stopped along 
the melancholy shore of Acheron, 
then all these matters will be plain to you." 

Allor con li occhi vergognosi e bassi, 
temendo no 'l mio dir li fosse grave, 
infino al fiume del parlar mi trassi . 

At that, with eyes ashamed, downcast, and fearing 
that what I said had given him offen...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
...nal rivers, that disgorge 
Into the burning lake their baleful streams-- 
Abhorred Styx, the flood of deadly hate; 
Sad Acheron of sorrow, black and deep; 
Cocytus, named of lamentation loud 
Heard on the rueful stream; fierce Phlegeton, 
Whose waves of torrent fire inflame with rage. 
Far off from these, a slow and silent stream, 
Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls 
Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks 
Forthwith his former state and being forgets-- 
Forgets both jo...Read more of this...

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
So little deceived in us that you interpret 
The humor of a woman to be noticed 
As her choice between you and Acheron? 
Are you so unscathed yet as to infer 
That if a woman worries when a man,
Or a man-child, has wet shoes on his feet 
She may as well commemorate with ashes 
The last eclipse of her tranquillity? 
If you look up at me and blink again, 
I shall not have to make you tell me lies
To know the letters you have not been reading 
I see now that I may have ...Read more of this...

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...plain, when night comes on, 
Shakes to a ghostly battle-blast, 
Since Persia fell at Marathon. 

But into soundless Acheron
The glory of Greek shame was cast: 
Long centuries have come and gone, 

The suns of Hellas have all shone, 
The first has fallen to the last:— 
Since Persia fell at Marathon, 
Long centuries have come and gone....Read more of this...

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