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Famous Archers Poems by Famous Poets

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by García Lorca, Federico
...But like love
the archers
are blind

Upon the green night,
the piercing saetas
leave traces of warm

The keel of the moon
breaks through purple clouds
and their quivers
fill with dew.

Ay, but like love
the archers
are blind!...Read More

by Desnos, Robert
...he void at last,
And a single beam of light make a rainbow on the water
Its quiver full of reeds,
Sign of the return of archers and patriotic songs....Read More

by Keats, John
...lew him,--Zephyr penitent,
Who now, ere Phoebus mounts the firmament,
Fondles the flower amid the sobbing rain.
The archers too, upon a wider plain,
Beside the feathery whizzing of the shaft,
And the dull twanging bowstring, and the raft
Branch down sweeping from a tall ash top,
Call'd up a thousand thoughts to envelope
Those who would watch. Perhaps, the trembling knee
And frantic gape of lonely Niobe,
Poor, lonely Niobe! when her lovely young
Were dead and gone, and...Read More

by Chatterton, Thomas
...r seen, 
Drive the white currents thro' the spreading green; 
Where the loud tiger, pawing in his rage, 
Bids the black archers of the wilds engage; 
Stretch'd on the sand, two panting warriors lay, 
In all the burning torments of the day; 
Their bloody jav'lins reeked one living steam, 
Their bows were broken at the roaring stream; 
Heccar the Chief of Jarra's fruitful hill, 
Where the dark vapours nightly dews distil, 
Saw Gaira the companion of his soul, 
Extended where lo...Read More

by Slessor, Kenneth
...North Country, filled with gesturing wood, 
With trees that fence, like archers' volleys, 
The flanks of hidden valleys 
Where nothing's left to hide 

But verticals and perpendiculars, 
Like rain gone wooden, fixed in falling, 
Or fingers blindly feeling 
For what nobody cares; 

Or trunks of pewter, bangled by greedy death, 
Stuck with black staghorns, quietly sucking, 
And trees whose boughs go seeking, 
And tress like broken...Read More

by Milton, John
...of foot, nor, on each horn,
Cuirassiers all in steel for standing fight,
Chariots, or elephants indorsed with towers
Of archers; nor of labouring pioners 
A multitude, with spades and axes armed,
To lay hills plain, fell woods, or valleys fill,
Or where plain was raise hill, or overlay
With bridges rivers proud, as with a yoke:
Mules after these, camels and dromedaries,
And waggons fraught with utensils of war.
Such forces met not, nor so wide a camp,
When Agrican, with a...Read More

by Levertov, Denise
...the second storey be bears upheld on beams that are dragons.
On the parapet of the central room, let there be four
archers, looking off to the four horizons. Within, 
let the prince be at home, let him sit in deep thought, at peace, all the windows open to the loggias.
Let the young queen sit above, in the cool air, her child in her arms; let her look with joy at the great circle, the pilgrim shadows, the work of the sun and the play of the wind. Let her walk...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...> If Holland wants
Its heads all in a row, and all alike, 
There’s Franz to do them and to do them well— 
Rat-catchers, archers, or apothecaries, 
And one as like a rabbit as another. 
Value received, and every Dutchman happy.
All’s one to Franz, and to the rest of them,— 
Their ways being theirs, are theirs.—But you, my friend, 
If I have made you something as you are, 
Will need those jaws and eyes and all the fight 
And fire that’s in them, and a little more,
T...Read More

by Spenser, Edmund
...with little wings did fly:
darting their deadly arrowes fyry bright
at euery rash beholder passing by.
One of those archers closely I did spy,
ayming his arrow at my very hart:
when suddenly with twincle of her eye,
the Damzell broke his misintended dart.
Had she not so doon, sure I had bene slayne,
yet as it was, I hardly scap't with paine....Read More

by Chesterton, G K
Cast down from some unconquered town
That, rushing earthward, carries down
Loads of live men of all renown--
Archers and engineers.

And a great clamour of Christian men
Went up in agony,
Crying, "Fallen is the tower of Wessex
That stood beside the sea."

Centre and right the Wessex guard
Grew pale for doubt and fear,
And the flank failed at the advance,
For the death-light on the wizard lance--
The star of the evil spear.

"Stand like an oak," cried Ma...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...firm and bold, who would never him beguile. 

By daybreak the whole of the English army came in view;
Consisting of archers and horsemen, bold and true;
The main body was led on by King Edward himself,
An avaricious man, and fond of pelf. 

The Abbot of Inchaffray celebrated mass,
And all along the Scottish lines barefoot he did pass,
With the crucifix in his hand, a most beautitul sight to see,
Exhorting them to trust in God, and He would set them free. 

Then th...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...e saw his nobles falling on every side around,
While he himself had received a very severe wound. 

And the English archers were pouring in their shafts like hail
And swords and spears were shivered against coats of mail,
And the king was manfully engaged contesting every inch of ground,
While the cries of the dying ascended up to heaven with a pitiful sound. 

And still around the king the battle fiercely raged,
While his devoted followers were hotly engaged,
And the...Read More

by Chatterton, Thomas
...check of waves, the guardians of the world. 
Strong were the warriors, as the ghost of Cawn, 
Who threw the Hill-of-archers to the lawn; 
When the soft earth at his appearance fled; 
And rising billows play'd around his head; 
When a strong tempest rising from the main, 
Dashed the full clouds, unbroken on the plain. 
Nicou, immortal in the sacred song, 
Held the red sword of war, and led the strong; 
From his own tribe the sable warriors came, 
Well try'd in battle, ...Read More

by Gilbert, Jack
...n the dark. Perhaps the spiral Minoan script
is not laguage but a map. What we feel most has
no name but amber, archers, cinnamon, horses, and birds....Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
     His second split the first in twain.
     From the King's hand must Douglas take
     A silver dart, the archers' stake;
     Fondly he watched, with watery eye,
     Some answering glance of sympathy,—
     No kind emotion made reply!
     Indifferent as to archer wight,
     The monarch gave the arrow bright.

     Now, clear the ring! for, hand to hand,
     The manly wrestlers take their stand.
     Two o'er the rest superior rose,
  ...Read More

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