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Famous Araby Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Bronte, Anne
...orrow teemed.

The youth beheld her saddened air
And smiling cheerfully
He said, 'How pleasant is the land
Of sunny Araby!

'Zenobia, I never saw
A lovelier eve than this;
I never felt my spirit raised
With more unbroken bliss!

'So deep the shades, so calm the hour,
So soft the breezes sigh,
So sweetly Philomel begins
Her heavenly melody.

'So pleasant are the scents that rise
From flowers of loveliest hue,
And more than all -- Zenobia,
I am alone with you!

Are we n...Read More

by Seeger, Alan
Soul-easing gales and there all spice-trees grow 
That Phoenix robbed to line his fragrant nest 
Each hundred years in Araby the Blest. 

Star of the South that now through orient mist 
At nightfall off Tampico or Belize 
Greetest the sailor rising from those seas 
Where first in me, a fond romanticist, 
The tropic sunset's bloom on cloudy piles 
Cast out industrious cares with dreams of fabulous isles -- 
Thou lamp of the swart lover to his tryst, 
O'er planted acres a...Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...bed his dank and dripping hair
And smoothed his brow, and loosed his clenching hand;
Some brought sweet spices from far Araby,
And others bade the halcyon sing her softest lullaby.

And when he neared his old Athenian home,
A mighty billow rose up suddenly
Upon whose oily back the clotted foam
Lay diapered in some strange fantasy,
And clasping him unto its glassy breast
Swept landward, like a white-maned steed upon a venturous quest!

Now where Colonos leans unto the sea
...Read More

by Keats, John
...had hurl'd
My spear aloft, as signal for the chace--
I, who, for very sport of heart, would race
With my own steed from Araby; pluck down
A vulture from his towery perching; frown
A lion into growling, loth retire--
To lose, at once, all my toil breeding fire,
And sink thus low! but I will ease my breast
Of secret grief, here in this bowery nest.

 "This river does not see the naked sky,
Till it begins to progress silverly
Around the western border of the wood,
Whence, fr...Read More

by Keats, John
...d still she kiss'd, and wept.

Then in a silken scarf,--sweet with the dews
Of precious flowers pluck'd in Araby,
And divine liquids come with odorous ooze
Through the cold serpent pipe refreshfully,--
She wrapp'd it up; and for its tomb did choose
A garden-pot, wherein she laid it by,
And cover'd it with mould, and o'er it set
Sweet Basil, which her tears kept ever wet.

And she forgot the stars, the moon, and sun,
And she forgot the blue above the...Read More

by Milton, John
...the Cape of Hope, and now are past 
Mozambick, off at sea north-east winds blow 
Sabean odours from the spicy shore 
Of Araby the blest; with such delay 
Well pleased they slack their course, and many a league 
Cheered with the grateful smell old Ocean smiles: 
So entertained those odorous sweets the Fiend, 
Who came their bane; though with them better pleased 
Than Asmodeus with the fishy fume 
That drove him, though enamoured, from the spouse 
Of Tobit's son, and with a ven...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...a moving locust-tower;
Or tawny sand-winds tall and dry,
Like hell's red banners beat and fly,
When death comes out of Araby,
Was Eldred in his hour.

But while he moved like a massacre
He murmured as in sleep,
And his words were all of low hedges
And little fields and sheep.

Even as he strode like a pestilence,
That strides from Rhine to Rome,
He thought how tall his beans might be
If ever he went home.

Spoke some stiff piece of childish prayer,
Dull as the di...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
 On, on would I fly, till a charm stopped my way, 
 A charm that would lead to the bower; 
 Where the daughter of Araby sings to the day, 
 At the dawn and the vesper hour. 
 Then hovering down on her brow would I light, 
 'Midst her golden tresses entwining; 
 That gleam like the corn when the fields are bright, 
 And the sunbeams upon it shining. 
 A single frail gem on her beautiful head, 
 I should sit in the golden glory; 
 And prouder I'd be than the...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...le the gaze 
 Of the enemy with the vivid blaze. 
 Come there, beautiful child, with me, 
 Come to the arcades of Araby, 
 To the land of the date and the purple vine, 
 Where pleasure her rosy wreaths doth twine, 
 And gladness shall be alway thine; 
 Singing at sunset next thy bed, 
 Strewing flowers under thy head. 
 Beneath a verdant roof of leaves, 
 Arching a flow'ry carpet o'er, 
 Thou mayst list to lutes on summer eves 
 Their lays of rustic freshness p...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...the Grocer
Treat housemaids to his teas
Or crack a bottle of fish sauce
Or stand a man a cheese?

He sells us sands of Araby
As sugar for cash down;
He sweeps his shop and sells the dust
The purest salt in town,
He crams with cans of poisoned meat
Poor subjects of the King,
And when they die by thousands
Why, he laughs like anything.

The wicked Grocer groces
In spirits and in wine,
Not frankly and in fellowship
As men in inns do dine;
But packed with soap and sardines
A...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...h, while Falernian wine 
 Fill'd his cup to the brim! 
 Dulcet music of Greece, Asiatic repose, 
 Spicy fragrance of Araby, Italian rose, 
 All united for him! 
 Every luxury known through the earth's wide expanse, 
 In profusion procured was put forth to enhance 
 The repast that they gave; 
 And no Sybarite, nursed in the lap of delight, 
 Such a banquet ere tasted as welcomed that night 
 The elect of the grave. 
 And the lion, meantime, shook his ponderou...Read More

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