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Famous Ambuscade Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Wilde, Oscar
...treachery, and cried,
And like bright sunbeams flitting through a glade
Each startled Dryad sought some safe and leafy ambuscade.

Save one white girl, who deemed it would not be
So dread a thing to feel a sea-god's arms
Crushing her breasts in amorous tyranny,
And longed to listen to those subtle charms
Insidious lovers weave when they would win
Some fenced fortress, and stole back again, nor thought it sin

To yield her treasure unto one so fair,
And lay beside him, th...Read More

by Whitman, Walt, the silence, 
Haply to-day a mournful wail, haply a trumpet-note for heroes. 

The battle-bulletin, 
The Indian ambuscade, the craft, the fatal environment,
The cavalry companies fighting to the last in sternest heroism, 
In the midst of their little circle, with their slaughter’d horses for breastworks, 
The fall of Custer and all his officers and men. 

Continues yet the old, old legend of our race, 
The loftiest of life upheld by death,
The ancient banner perfe...Read More

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
...ess to Sight than is this Fly, 
In a soft Curl conceal'd can lie; 
Under an Eyelid's lovely Shade, 
Can form a dreadful Ambuscade; 
Can the most subtil Sight beguile 
Hid in the Dimples of a Smile. 
But if from thence a Dart he throw, 
How sure, how mortal is the Blow! 
How helpless all the Pow'r of Art 
To bind, or to restore the Heart! 

From the AMINTA of TASSO. 

Part of the Description of the Golden Age.
THEN, by some Fountains flow'ry side 
The Loves unarm...Read More

by Lanier, Sidney again.
They hurt my heart with griefs I cannot name:
Always the same, the same.

Nature hath no surprise,
No ambuscade of beauty 'gainst mine eyes
From brake or lurking dell or deep defile;
No humors, frolic forms -- this mile, that mile;
No rich reserves or happy-valley hopes
Beyond the bend of roads, the distant slopes.
Her fancy fails, her wild is all run tame:
Ever the same, the same.

Oh might I through these tears
But glimpse some hill my Georgia high...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...the great plover's human whistle amazed 
Her heart, and glancing round the waste she feared 
In ever wavering brake an ambuscade. 
Then thought again, 'If there be such in me, 
I might amend it by the grace of Heaven, 
If he would only speak and tell me of it.' 

But when the fourth part of the day was gone, 
Then Enid was aware of three tall knights 
On horseback, wholly armed, behind a rock 
In shadow, waiting for them, caitiffs all; 
And heard one crying to his fe...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...ary foe alone hath turn'd their mood, 
And shewn their rashness to that erring brood: 
The feign'd retreat, the nightly ambuscade, 
The daily harass, and the fight delay'd, 
The long privation of the hoped supply, 
The tentless rest beneath the humid sky, 
The stubborn wall that mocks the leaguer's art, 
And palls the patience of his baffled heart, 
Of these they had not deem'd: the battle-day 
They could encounter as a veteran may; 
But more preferr'd the fury of the strife,...Read More

by Thompson, Francis
...nseen by the colours seen, 
And sounds unheard heard sounds between, 
And a night is in the light of the sun. 

An ambuscade of lights in night, 
(And a million secrets are but as one)
And anight is dark in the sun's light, 
And a world in the world man looks upon. 

Hidden stars by the shown stars' wings, 
(And a million cycles are but as one)
And a world with unapparent strings
Knits the stimulant world of things; 
Behold, and vision thereof is none. 

The wo...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...not lay the fold
Belted down with Emerald --
Venice could not show a check
Of a tint so lustrous meek --
Never such an Ambuscade
As of briar and leaf displayed
For my little damask maid --

I had rather wear her grace
Than an Earl's distinguished face --
I had rather dwell like her
Than be "Duke of Exeter" --
Royalty enough for me
To subdue the Bumblebee....Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...ope with bare
High-tuniced limbs unravished Artemis
Had bade her hounds give tongue, and roused the deer
From his green ambuscade with shrill halloo and pricking spear.

Lie still, lie still, O passionate heart, lie still!
O Melancholy, fold thy raven wing!
O sobbing Dryad, from thy hollow hill
Come not with such despondent answering!
No more thou winged Marsyas complain,
Apollo loveth not to hear such troubled songs of pain!

It was a dream, the glade is tenantless,
No s...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
     Think'st thou no other could be brought?
     What deem ye of my path waylaid?
     My life given o'er to ambuscade?'
     'As of a meed to rashness due:
     Hadst thou sent warning fair and true,—
     I seek my hound or falcon strayed,
     I seek, good faith, a Highland maid,—
     Free hadst thou been to come and go;
     But secret path marks secret foe.
     Nor yet for this, even as a spy,
     Hadst thou, unheard, been doomed to die,
     Save ...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...I know not in Whose hands are laid
 To empty upon earth
From unsuspected ambuscade
 The very Urns of Mirth;

Who bids the Heavenly Lark arise
 And cheer our solemn round--
The Jest beheld with streaming eyes
 And grovellings on the ground;

Who joins the flats of Time and Chance
 Behind the prey preferred,
And thrones on Shrieking Circumstance
 The Sacredly Absurd,

Till Laughter, voiceless through excess,
 Waves mute appeal and ...Read More

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