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Famous Arcades Poems by Famous Poets

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by Milton, John
...Part of an entertainment presented to the Countess Dowager of
Darby at Harefield, by som Noble persons of her Family, who
appear on the Scene in pastoral habit, moving toward the seat
of State with this Song.


Look Nymphs, and Shepherds look,
What sudden blaze of majesty
Is that which we from hence descry
Too divine to be mistook:
Thi...Read More

by Tebb, Barry
...nes and

Pink baloons, tee shirts with green stencilled

Dates of wedding days to come, the worn dance floor,

Jingling arcades where chrome fendered fruit machines

Rest on plush carpets like the ghosts of fifties Chevies,

Dreams for sale on boulevards where forget-me-nots

Are flowing through the hyaline summer air.

I stood with you in Kings Cross on Thursday night

Waiting for a bus we saw the lighthouse on top

Of a triangle of empty shops and seedy bedsits,

Some r...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
...en clap four slices of pilaster on't,
That lac'd with bits of rustic, makes a front.
Or call the winds through long arcades to roar,
Proud to catch cold at a Venetian door;
Conscious they act a true Palladian part,
And, if they starve, they starve by rules of art.

Oft have you hinted to your brother peer,
A certain truth, which many buy too dear:
Something there is more needful than expense,
And something previous ev'n to taste--'tis sense:
Good sense, which only is ...Read More

by Milton, John
...O'RE the smooth enameld green 
 Where no print of step hath been, 
 Follow me as I sing, 
 And touch the warbled string. 
Under the shady roof 
Of branching Elm Star-proof, 
 Follow me, 
I will bring you where she sits 
Clad in splendor as befits 
 Her deity. 
Such a rural Queen 
All Arcadia hath not seen. 

313. From 'Comus' 

THE Star ...Read More

by Keats, John
...ely nave to nave, from vault to vault,
Through bowers of fragrant and enwreathed light,
And diamond-paved lustrous long arcades,
Until he reach'd the great main cupola;
There standing fierce beneath, he stampt his foot,
And from the basements deep to the high towers
Jarr'd his own golden region; and before
The quavering thunder thereupon had ceas'd,
His voice leapt out, despite of godlike curb,
To this result: "O dreams of day and night!
O monstrous forms! O effigies of pain!...Read More

by Emerson, Ralph Waldo
...Spirit bids thee forth,
Than the gray dreams which thee detain.

Mark how the climbing Oreads
Beckon thee to their arcades;
Youth, for a moment free as they,
Teach thy feet to feel the ground,
Ere yet arrive the wintry day
When Time thy feet has bound.
Accept the bounty of thy birth;
Taste the lordship of the earth.

I heard and I obeyed,
Assured that he who pressed the claim,
Well-known, but loving not a name,
Was not to be gainsaid.

Ere yet the summoning v...Read More

by Cavafy, Constantine P
...anger. But some,
who watched with greater attention,
would understand and stand aside;
and as he vanished under the arcades,
into the shadows and into the lights of the evening,
heading toward the district that lives
only at night, with orgies and debauchery,
and every sort of drunkenness and lust,
they would ponder which of Them he might be,
and for what suspect enjoyment
he had descended to the streets of Seleucia
from the Venerable, Most Hallowed Halls....Read More

by Poe, Edgar Allan
...y the wan light of the horned moon, 
The swift and silent lizard of the stones! 

But stay! these walls- these ivy-clad arcades- 
These moldering plinths- these sad and blackened shafts- 
These vague entablatures- this crumbling frieze- 
These shattered cornices- this wreck- this ruin- 
These stones- alas! these grey stones- are they all- 
All of the famed, and the colossal left 
By the corrosive Hours to Fate and me? 

"Not all"- the Echoes answer me- "not all! 
Prophetic so...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...that startle 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 ...Read More

by Seeger, Alan
...Be my companion under cool arcades 
That frame some drowsy street and dazzling square 
Beyond whose flowers and palm-tree promenades 
White belfries burn in the blue tropic air. 
Lie near me in dim forests where the croon 
Of wood-doves sounds and moss-banked water flows, 
Or musing late till the midsummer moon 
Breaks through some ruined abbey's empty rose. 
Sweetest of those...Read More

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