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Famous Adriatic Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Arnold, Matthew
...Far, far from here,
The Adriatic breaks in a warm bay
Among the green Illyrian hills; and there
The sunshine in the happy glens is fair,
And by the sea, and in the brakes.
The grass is cool, the sea-side air
Buoyant and fresh, the mountain flowers
More virginal and sweet than ours. 

And there, they say, two bright and aged snakes,
Who once were Cadmus and Harmonia,
Bask in...Read More

by Tebb, Barry
...Memories bursting like tears or waves

On some lonely Adriatic shore

Beating again and again

Threshings of green sea foam

Flecked like the marble Leonardo

Chipped for his ‘Moses’.

And my tears came as suddenly

In that dream, criss-crossed

With memory and desire.

Grandad Nicky had worked

Down the pits for a pittance

To bring up his six children

But nothing left over for more

Than a few nuts a...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...e earth is shaken with his ships. 
They have dared the white republics up the capes of Italy, 
They have dashed the Adriatic round the Lion of the Sea, 
And the Pope has cast his arms abroad for agony and loss, 
And called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross. 
The cold queen of England is looking in the glass; 
The shadow of the Valois is yawning at the Mass; 
From evening isles fantastical rings faint the Spanish gun, 
And the Lord upon the Golden Hor...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...rpose accomplish’d! 
Year of the marriage of continents, climates and oceans! 
(No mere Doge of Venice now, wedding the Adriatic;)
I see, O year, in you, the vast terraqueous globe, given, and giving all, 
Europe to Asia, Africa join’d, and they to the New World; 
The lands, geographies, dancing before you, holding a festival garland, 
As brides and bridegrooms hand in hand. 

Passage to India!
Cooling airs from Caucasus far, soothing cradle of man, 
The river Euphrates...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord) by numbers, given to none, 
Had young Francesca's hand remain'd 
Still by the church's bond unchain'd: 
And when the Adriatic bore 
Lanciotto to the Paynim shore, 
Her wonted smiles were seen to fail, 
And pensive wax'd the maid and pale; 
More constant at confessional, 
More rare at masque and festival; 
Or seen at such with downcast eyes, 
Which conquer'd hearts they ceased to prize! 
With listless look she seems to gaze; 
With humbler care her form arrays; 
Her voice le...Read More

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