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Famous Admiral Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Robinson, Edwin Arlington, and stayed 
The night after the voyage with an antique 
Survival of a broader world than ours
Whom Asher called The Admiral. This time, 
A little out of sorts and out of tune 
With paddling, I let Asher go alone, 
Sure that his heart was happy. Then it was 
That hell came. I sat gazing over there
Across the water, watching the sun’s last fire 
Above those gloomy and indifferent trees 
That might have been a wall around the world, 
When suddenly, like faces ove...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...tle sport,
Because, for the loss of Captain Ward, the men felt woebegone,
Because in bravery, they said, he was next to Admiral Nelson....Read More

by Nash, Ogden
...e face but the aroma is familiar,
And Columbus didn't say a word,
All he said was, I am Columbus, the fifteenth-century Admiral Byrd,
And, just as he thought, her disposition was very malleable,
And she said, Here are my jewels, and she wasn't penurious like Cornelia the mother of the Gracchi, she wasn't referring to her children, no, she was referring to her jewels, which were very very valuable,
So Columbus said, Somebody show me the sunset and somebody did and he set sail ...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...on's monument that stands on Calton Hill,
As the tourist gazes thereon, with wonder his heart does fill
As he thinks on Admiral Nelson who did the Frenchmen kill,
Then, as for Salisbury Crags, they are most beautiful to be seen,
Especially in the month of June, when the grass is green;
There numerous mole-hills can be seen,
And the busy little creatures howking away,
Searching for worms among the clay;
And as the tourist's eye does wander to and fro
From the south side of Sal...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
That sacred keel which had, as he, restored 
His exiled sovereign on its happy board, 
And thence the British Admiral became, 
Crowned, for that merit, with their master's name; 
That pleasure-boat of war, in whose dear side 
Secure so oft he had this foe defied, 
Now a cheap spoil, and the mean victor's slave, 
Taught the Dutch colours from its top to wave; 
Of former glories the reproachful thought 
With present shame compared, his mind destraught. 
Such from ...Read More

by Schwartz, Delmore tired, torn, turned upside down and strangled:
Until from forest depths, from bony leafless trees
A will wakens: the admiral, lolling long at ease,
Has been commanded, overnight -- suddenly --:
In the first dawn, all galleys put to sea!
Waking then in autumn chill, amid the harbor medley,
The fragrance of pitch, pennants aloft, the butt
Of oars, all sails unfurled, the fleet
Awaits the great wind, radiant and deadly....Read More

by Stevenson, Robert Louis
...ravely blows!
O hope that sails with all
Where stars and voices call!
O ship undaunted that forever goes
Where God, her admiral,
His battle signal shows!

What though the seas and wind
Far on the deep should whelm
Colours and sails and helm?
There, too, you touch that port that you designed -
There, in the mid-seas' realm,
Shall you that haven find.

Well hast thou sailed: now die,
To die is not to sleep.
Still your true course you keep,
O sailor soul, still sailing f...Read More

by Trumbull, John preposterous hedged,
Affect to hold them there besieged:
Though Gage, whom proclamations call
Your Gov'rnor and Vice-Admiral,
Whose power gubernatorial still
Extends as far as Bunker's hill,
Whose admiralty reaches, clever,
Near half a mile up Mistic river,
Whose naval force yet keeps the seas,
Can run away whene'er he'd please.
Nay, stern with rage grim Putnam boiling
Plunder'd both Hogg and Noddle Island;
Scared troops of Tories into town,
Burn'd all their hay and ho...Read More

by Neruda, Pablo
...a mournful sound that swells the sheets,
and the beds go sailing toward a port
where death is waiting, dressed like an admiral....Read More

by Whitman, Walt

As the chief histrion, 
Down to the footlights walks, in some great scena, 
Dominating the rest, I see the Admiral himself,
(History’s type of courage, action, faith;) 
Behold him sail from Palos, leading his little fleet; 
His voyage behold—his return—his great fame, 
His misfortunes, calumniators—behold him a prisoner, chain’d, 
Behold his dejection, poverty, death.

(Curious, in time, I stand, noting the efforts of heroes; 
Is the deferment long? bitter th...Read More

by Masefield, John
...s o' the drowned, an' the kicked as are never no more
An' that there haughty old albatross cruisin' around,
Belike he's Admiral Nelson or Admiral Noah.

"An' merry's the life they are living. They settle and dip,
They fishes, they never stands watches, they waggle their wings;
When a ship comes by, they fly to look at the ship
To see how the nowaday mariners manages things.

"When freezing aloft in a snorter I tell you I wish --
(Though maybe it ain't like a Chris...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...els of my command.
For out of many ventures
 That sailed with hope as high,
My own have made the better trade,
 And Admiral am I.

To me my King's much honour,
 To me my people's love --
To me the pride of Princes
 And power all pride above;
To me the shouting cities,
 To me the mob's refrain: --
"Who knows not noble Valdez
 "Hath never heard of Spain."

But I remember comrades --
 Old playmates on new seas --
Whenas we traded orpiment
 Among the savages --
A thou...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
..., old or new, 
To touch the dock at Cockatoo. 

Of all the ministerial clan 
There was no nicer, worthier man 
Than Admiral O'Sullivan. 

Of course, we mean E. W. 
O'Sullivan, the hero who 
Controlled the dock at Cockatoo. 

To workmen he explained his views -- 
"You need not toil unless you choose, 
Your only work is drawing screws." 

And sometimes to their great surprise 
When votes of censure filled the skies 
He used to give them all a rise. 
...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...burning with anxiety the war to begin,
But they couldn't find a pilot who would convey them safely in. 

Therefore Admiral Brueyes was forced to anchor in Aboukir Bay,
And in a compact line of battle, the leading vessel lay
Close to a shoal, along a line of very deep water,
There they lay, all eager to begin the murderous slaughter. 

The French force consisted of thirteen ships of the line,
As fine as ever sailed on the salt sea brine;
Besides four Frigates carrying...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...g of 'em all, I reckon, the man that could stand a pinch, 
Was the boss of a one-horse gunboat. They called her the Admiral Lynch. 
Well, he was for Balmaceda, and after the war was done, 
And Balmaceda was beaten and his troops had been forced to run, 
The other man fetched his army and proceeded to do things brown. 
He marched 'em into the fortress and took command of the town, 
Cannon and guns and horses troopin' along the road, 
Rumblin' over the bridges, and ...Read More

by Wilmot, John
...As some brave admiral, in former war,
Deprived of force, but pressed with courage still,
Two rival fleets appearing from afar,
Crawls to the top of an adjacent hill;

From whence (with thoughts full of concern) he views
The wise and daring conduct of the fight,
And each bold action to his mind renews
His present glory, and his past delight;

From his fierce eyes, flashes ...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
.... . At the close of a winter day,
Their anchors down, by London town, the Three Great Captains lay;
And one was Admiral of the North from Solway Firth to Skye,
And one was Lord of the Wessex coast and all the lands thereby,
And one was Master of the Thames from Limehouse to Blackwall,
And he was Captain of the Fleet -- the bravest of them all.
Their good guns guarded their great gray sides that were thirty foot in the sheer,
When there came a certain trading-brig ...Read More

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