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Famous Albatross Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
PART ONE

IT IS an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
'By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?

The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide,
And I am next...Read More



by Lawrence, David Herbert
 A snake came to my water-trough
On a hot, hot day, and I in pyjamas for the heat,
To drink there.
In the deep, strange-scented shade of the great dark carob-tree
I came...Read More

by Hayden, Robert
 I 

Jesús, Estrella, Esperanza, Mercy: 

Sails flashing to the wind like weapons, 
sharks following the moans the fever and the dying; 
horror the corposant and compass rose. 

Middle Passage:...Read More

by Poe, Edgar Allan
 Dim vales- and shadowy floods-
And cloudy-looking woods,
Whose forms we can't discover
For the tears that drip all over!
Huge moons there wax and wane-
Again- again- again-
Every moment of the night-
Forever changing...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
 Emily, 
A ship is floating in the harbour now,
A wind is hovering o'er the mountain's brow;
There is a path on the sea's azure floor,
No keel has ever plough'd that...Read More

by Ammons, A R
 You'll rejoice at how many kinds of shit there are:
gosling shit (which J. Williams said something
was as green as), fish shit (the generality), trout

shit, rainbow trout shit (for the...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
 Above the portico a flag-staff, bearing the Union Jack,
remained fluttering in the flames for some time, but ultimately
when it fell the crowds rent the air with shouts,
and seemed to...Read More

by Carroll, Lewis
 He thought he saw an Elephant,
That practised on a fife:
He looked again, and found it was
A letter from his wife.
'At length I realise,' he said,
The bitterness of Life!'

He thought...Read More

by Baudelaire, Charles
 Often, to amuse themselves, the crew of the ship
Would fell an albatross, the largest of sea birds,
Indolent companions of their trip
As they slide across the deep sea's bitters.

Scarcely had...Read More

by Masefield, John
 "Goneys an' gullies an' all o' the birds o' the sea
They ain't no birds, not really", said Billy the Dane.
"Not mollies, nor gullies, nor goneys at all", said he,
"But...Read More

by Stevenson, Robert Louis
 The red room with the giant bed 
Where none but elders laid their head; 
The little room where you and I 
Did for awhile together lie 
And, simple, suitor,...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
 She left me at the silent time 
When the moon had ceas'd to climb
The azure path of Heaven's steep,
And like an albatross asleep,
Balanc'd on her wings of light,
Hover'd in...Read More

by Tebb, Barry
 Lavender musk rose from the volume I was reading through,

The college crest impressed in gold, tooled gold lettering on the spine.

It was not mine but my son’s, jammed in...Read More

by Schwartz, Delmore
 Faithful to your commandments, o consciousness, o

Holy bird of words soaring ever whether to nothingness or
 to inconceivable fulfillment slowly:

And still I follow you, awkward as that dandy of...Read More

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