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Famous Amphibious Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...n at school. 
There was the same slow vengeance in his eyes
When he saw mine, and there was a vicious twist 
On his amphibious face that might have been 
On anything else a smile—rather like one 
We look for on the stage than in the street. 
I must have been a yard away from him
Yet as we passed I felt the touch of him 
Like that of something soft in a dark room. 
There’s hardly need of saying that we said nothing, 
Or that we gave each other an occasion 
For more...Read More



by Pope, Alexander
...ll see-saw, between that and this ,
Now high, now low, now Master up, now Miss,
And he himself one vile antithesis.
Amphibious thing! that acting either part,
The trifling head, or the corrupted heart,
Fop at the toilet, flatt'rer at the board,
Now trips a lady, and now struts a lord.
Eve's tempter thus the rabbins have express'd,
A cherub's face, a reptile all the rest;
Beauty that shocks you, parts that none will trust,
Wit that can creep, and pride that licks the d...Read More

by Smart, Christopher
...ith Irio Winter Cresses, Rock Gentle or Rock Gallant. 

Let Oakley, house of Oakley rejoice with the Skink a little amphibious creature found upon Nile. 

Let Owen, house of Owen rejoice with the Shag-green a beast from which the skin so called is taken. 

Let Twist, house of Twist rejoice with Neottophora a little creature that carries its young upon its back. 

Let Constant, house of Constant rejoice with the Musk-Goat -- I bless God for two visions of Anne ...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...s the flow
Of Adria towards Venice: a bare strand
Of hillocks, heap'd from ever-shifting sand,
Matted with thistles and amphibious weeds,
Such as from earth's embrace the salt ooze breeds,
Is this; an uninhabited sea-side,
Which the lone fisher, when his nets are dried,
Abandons; and no other object breaks
The waste, but one dwarf tree and some few stakes
Broken and unrepair'd, and the tide makes
A narrow space of level sand thereon,
Where 'twas our wont to ride while day wen...Read More

by Finch, Anne Kingsmill
...Ruin bound, 
Immoveable are grown:
The fatal Goodwin swallows All that come 
Within the Limits of that dangerous Sand, 
Amphibious in its kind, nor Sea nor Land; 
Yet kin to both, a false and faithless Strand, 
Known only to our Cost for a devouring Tomb. 
Nor seemed the HURRICANE content, 
Whilst only Ships were wreckt, and Tackle rent; 
The Sailors too must fall a Prey, 
Those that Command, with those that did Obey; 
The best Supporters of thy pompous Stile, 
Thou far R...Read More



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