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Famous Adventures Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Browning, Robert
...asure when the sea was warm in May?
Balls and masks begun at midnight, burning ever to mid-day,
When they made up fresh adventures for the morrow, do you say?


Was a lady such a lady, cheeks so round and lips so red,— 
On her neck the small face buoyant, like a bell-flower on its bed,
O'er the breast's superb abundance where a man might base his head?


Well (and it was graceful of them) they'd break talk off and afford
—She, to bite her mask's black velvet, he to finge...Read More

by Nash, Ogden
...Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel, didn't care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear's big mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I'll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry.
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then I...Read More

by Emerson, Ralph Waldo
...e infection slid 60 
A dazzling memory revive; 
Refresh the faded tints  
Recut the ag¨¨d prints  
And write my old adventures with the pen 
Which on the first day drew 65 
Upon the tablets blue  
The dancing Pleiads and eternal men. ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor and woman on it now," 
 Said Gasclin, "and companions also show." 
 "Who are they?" asked the seeker of sublime 
 Adventures. "Sir, I now can hear like chime 
 The sound of voices, and men's voices too, 
 Laughter and talk; two men there are in view, 
 Across the road the shadows clear I mark 
 Of horses three." 
 "Enough. Now, Gasclin, hark!" 
 Exclaimed the knight, "you must at once return 
 By other path than that which you discern, 
 So that you be not seen....Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Questioned, listened, waited, answered; 
Much the mighty Mudjekeewis
Boasted of his ancient prowess, 
Of his perilous adventures, 
His indomitable courage, 
His invulnerable body.
Patiently sat Hiawatha, 
Listening to his father's boasting; 
With a smile he sat and listened, 
Uttered neither threat nor menace, 
Neither word nor look betrayed him, 
But his heart was hot within him, 
Like a living coal his heart was.
Then he said, "O Mudjekeewis, 
Is there nothing tha...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...ests be more contented!"
And Iagoo answered straightway, 
"You shall hear a tale of wonder, 
You shall hear the strange adventures
Of Osseo, the Magician,
From the Evening Star descending."...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...n his shirt against the Dutch is pressed. 
Often, dear Painter, have I sat and mused 
Why he should still be 'n all adventures used, 
If they for nothing ill, like ashen wood, 
Or think him, like Herb John for nothing good; 
Whether his valour they so much admire, 
Or that for cowardice they all retire, 
As heaven in storms, they call in gusts of state 
On Monck and Parliament, yet both do hate. 
All causes sure concur, but most they think 
Under Herc?lean labours he ...Read More

by Trumbull, John
...'d to battle.
Instead of weapons, either band
Seized on such arms as came to hand.
And as famed Ovid paints th' adventures
Of wrangling Lapithæ and Centaurs,
Who at their feast, by Bacchus led,
Threw bottles at each other's head;
And these arms failing in their scuffles,
Attack'd with andirons, tongs and shovels:
So clubs and billets, staves and stones
Met fierce, encountering every sconce,
And cover'd o'er with knobs and pains
Each void receptacle for brains;
Their c...Read More

by Drayton, Michael
What was his club he made his boat,
And in his oaken cup doth float,
As safe as in a wherry.
Men talk of the adventures strange
Of Don Quishott, and of their change,
Through which he armed oft did range,
Of Sancha Pancha's travel:
But should a man tell every thing,
Done by this frantic fairy king,
And them in lofty numbers sing,
It well his wits might gravel....Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
You shall hear of all his mischief,
And his flight from Hiawatha,
And his wondrous transmigrations,
And the end of his adventures.
On the shores of Gitche Gumee,
On the dunes of Nagow Wudjoo,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water
Stood the lodge of Pau-Puk-Keewis.
It was he who in his frenzy
Whirled these drifting sands together,
On the dunes of Nagow Wudjoo,
When, among the guests assembled,
He so merrily and madly
Danced at Hiawatha's wedding,
Danced the Beggar's Dance to p...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...s fade and perish!
From the memory of the old men
Pass away the great traditions,
The achievements of the warriors,
The adventures of the hunters,
All the wisdom of the Medas,
All the craft of the Wabenos,
All the marvellous dreams and visions
Of the Jossakeeds, the Prophets!
"Great men die and are forgotten,
Wise men speak; their words of wisdom
Perish in the ears that hear them,
Do not reach the generations
That, as yet unborn, are waiting
In the great, mysterious darkness
...Read More

by Benet, Stephen Vincent
...He slept and cried and was a king. 
So, worthily, he acted o'er 
The endless miracle once more. 
Facing immense adventures daily, 
He strove still onward, weeping, gaily, 
Conquered or fled from them, but grew 
As soil-starved, rough pine-saplings do. 
Till, one day, crawling seemed suspect. 
He gripped the air and stood erect 
And splendid. With immortal rage 
He entered on man's heritage!...Read More

by Thoreau, Henry David
...he generous bosom burns. 

There love is warm, and youth is young, 
And poetry is yet unsung. 
For Virtue still adventures there, 
And freely breathes her native air. 

And ever, if you hearken well, 
You still may hear its vesper bell, 
And tread of high-souled men go by, 
Their thoughts conversing with the sky....Read More

by Lehman, David
...or Jim Cummins 

In Iowa, Jim dreamed that Della Street was Anne Sexton's
twin. Dave drew a comic strip called the "Adventures of Whitman," 
about a bearded beer-guzzler in Superman uniform. Donna dressed 
 like Wallace Stevens 
in a seersucker summer suit. To town came Ted Berrigan, 
saying, "My idea of a bad poet is Marvin Bell."
But no one has won as many prizes as Philip Levine. 

At the restaurant, people were talking about Philip Levine's
latest: the...Read More

by Brooke, Rupert
... They stood on supreme heights. 

Ah, the delirious weeks of honeymoon! 
Soon they returned, and, after strange adventures, 
Settled at Balham by the end of June. 
Their money was in Can. Pacs. B. Debentures, 
And in Antofagastas. Still he went 
Cityward daily; still she did abide 
At home. And both were really quite content 
With work and social pleasures. Then they died. 
They left three children (besides George, who drank): 
The elde...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...den time', or because the Christians have better fortune, or less enterprise. The story, when entire, contained the adventures of a female slave, who was thrown, in the Mussulman manner, into the sea for infidelity, and avenged by a young Venetian, her lover, at the time the Seven Islands were possessed by the Republic of Venice, and soon after the Arnauts were beaten back from the Morea, which they had ravaged for some time subsequent to the Russian invasion. The des...Read More

by Aiken, Conrad
...y heart is pounding;
You do not guess the adventure I have had! . . .

Yet you, too, all have had your dark adventures,
Your sudden adventures, or strange, or sweet . . .
My peril goes out from me, is blown among you.
We loiter, dreaming together, along the street.


Round white clouds roll slowly above the housetops,
Over the clear red roofs they flow and pass.
A flock of pigeons rises with blue wings flashing,
Rises wit...Read More

by Wordsworth, William
...;Oh gentle muses! let me tell  But half of what to him befel,  For sure he met with strange adventures.   Oh gentle muses! is this kind  Why will ye thus my suit repel?  Why of your further aid bereave me?  And can ye thus unfriended leave me?  Ye muses! whom I love so well.   Who's yon, that, near the waterfall,  Which thunders down with...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...of strength
     He couched him in a thicket hoar
     And thought his toils and perils o'er:—
     'Of all my rash adventures past,
     This frantic feat must prove the last!
     Who e'er so mad but might have guessed
     That all this Highland hornet's nest
     Would muster up in swarms so soon
     As e'er they heard of bands at Doune?—
     Like bloodhounds now they search me out,—
     Hark, to the whistle and the shout!—
     If farther through the wilds...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...ope, and I feel I shall die
Without having accomplished the deed.
It's a little bit sad, when you seem very near
To adventures and things of that sort,
Which nearly begin, and then don't; and you know
It is only because you are short....Read More

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