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Famous Aqueduct Poems by Famous Poets

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by Mayakovsky, Vladimir
 by labor
 will break the mountain chain of years,
and will present itself
as an aqueduct,
 by slaves of Rome
 enters into our days.

When in mounds of books,
 where verse lies buried,
you discover by chance the iron filings of lines,
touch them
 with respect,
 as you would
some antique
 yet awesome weapon.

It’s no habit of mine
 to caress
 the ear
 with words;
a maiden’s ear
will not crimson
 when fli...Read More

by Doty, Mark
their indecipherable ideograms 
across the parking lot -- the single standing wall 
seems Roman, momentarily, an aqueduct, 
all that's left of something difficult 
to understand now, something Oscar 

and Bosie might have posed before, for a photograph. 
Aqueducts and angels, here on Main, 
seem merely souvenirs; the gaps 
where the windows opened once 
into transients' rooms are pure sky. 
It's strange how much more beautiful 

the sky is to us when it's frame...Read More

by Machado, Antonio
...s I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that a fiery sun was giv...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
a chink
in the shutters, one can see the stately clouds crossing the sky
toward the Roman arches of the Marly Aqueduct....Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...s of fire yet beyond the flight forlorn. 
 Proud capital! farewell for e'er! these flames nought can subdue— 
 The Aqueduct of Sylla gleams, a bridge o'er hellish brew. 
 'Tis Nero's whim! how good to see Rome brought the lowest down; 
 Yet, Queen of all the earth, give thanks for such a splendrous crown! 
 When I was young, the Sybils pledged eternal rule to thee; 
 That Time himself would lay his bones before thy unbent knee. 
 Ha! ha! how brief indeed the spac...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...s through the countryside,
Breathed hot and instant on my trace,— 
I made six days a hiding-place
Of that dry green old aqueduct
Where I and Charles, when boys, have plucked
The fire-flies from the roof above,
Bright creeping throuoh the moss they love.
—How long it seems since Charles was lost!
Six days the soldiers crossed and crossed
The country in my very sight;
And when that peril ceased at night,
The sky broke out in red dismay
With signal-fires; well, there I lay
C...Read More

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