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Famous Aqueducts Poems by Famous Poets

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by Doty, Mark
...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 framed 
by these columned openings someone meant us 
to take for stone. The enormous, articulate shovel 
nudges the highest row of moldings 
and th...Read more of this...

by Lawson, Henry
...abongs up in vain.
There were reservoirs and grand canals where the Dry Country had been,
And a glorious network of aqueducts, and the fields were always green.

I have seen so long in the land I love what the land I love might be,
Where the Darling rises from Queensland rains and the floods run into the sea.
And it is our fate that we'll wake to late to the truth that we were blind,
With a foreign foe at our harbour gate and a blazing drought behind!...Read more of this...

by Browning, Robert
...very side,
 Far and wide,
All the mountains topped with temples, all the glades'
All the causeys, bridges, aqueducts,—and then,
 All the men!
When I do come, she will speak not, she will stand,
 Either hand
On my shoulder, give her eyes the first embrace
 Of my face,
Ere we rush, ere we extinguish sight and speech
 Each on each.


In one year they sent a million fighters forth
 South and north,
And they built their gods a brazen pillar high
 As the sky,
Y...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
With towers and temples proudly elevate
On seven small hills, with palaces adorned,
Porches and theatres, baths, aqueducts,
Statues and trophies, and triumphal arcs,
Gardens and groves, presented to his eyes
Above the highth of mountains interposed—
By what strange parallax, or optic skill 
Of vision, multiplied through air, or glass
Of telescope, were curious to enquire.
And now the Tempter thus his silence broke:—
 "The city which thou seest no other deem
Than gr...Read more of this...

by Hugo, Victor
 O'er their twin towers crept the shades of night, 
 Whilst scarce distinguished in the black profound, 
 Stairs, aqueducts, great pillars, gleamed around, 
 And ruined capitals: then was seen a group 
 Of granite elephants 'neath a dome to stoop, 
 Shapeless, giant forms to view arise, 
 Monsters around, the spawn of hideous ties! 
 Then hanging gardens, with flowers and galleries: 
 O'er vast fountains bending grew ebon-trees; 
 Temples, where seated on their r...Read more of this...

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