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Famous Archery Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Drayton, Michael
...Erpingham, 
Which didst the signal aim 
To our hid forces! 
When from a meadow by, 
Like a storm suddenly 
The English archery 
Stuck the French horses. 

With Spanish yew so strong, 
Arrows a cloth-yard long 
That like to serpents stung, 
Piercing the weather; 
None from his fellow starts, 
But playing manly parts, 
And like true English hearts 
Stuck close together. 

When down their bows they threw, 
And forth their bilbos drew, 
And on the French they flew, 
Not ...Read more of this...



by Pound, Ezra
...aid Kung,
"You will take up charioteering?
 "Then you will become known,
"Or perhaps I should take up charioterring, or archery?
"Or the practice of public speaking?"
And Tseu-lou said, "I would put the defences in order,"
And Khieu said, "If I were lord of a province
"I would put it in better order than this is."
And Tchi said, "I would prefer a small mountain temple,
"With order in the observances,
 with a suitable performance of the ritual,"
And Tian said, with his han...Read more of this...

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...fied me later made me feel
For their skin-pricking arrows not so much 
Of pain as of a vigorous defect 
In this world’s archery. I might have tried, 
With a flat facetiousness, to demonstrate 
What they had only snapped at and thereby
Made out of my best evidence no more 
Than comfortable food for their conceit; 
But patient wisdom frowned on argument, 
With a side nod for silence, and I smoked 
A series of incurable dry pipes
While Morgan fiddled, with obnoxious care, 
T...Read more of this...

by Slessor, Kenneth
... 
Five bells. 

In Melbourne, your appetite had gone, 
Your angers too; they had been leeched away 
By the soft archery of summer rains 
And the sponge-paws of wetness, the slow damp 
That stuck the leaves of living, snailed the mind, 
And showed your bones, that had been sharp with rage, 
The sodden ectasies of rectitude. 
I thought of what you'd written in faint ink, 
Your journal with the sawn-off lock, that stayed behind 
With other things you left, all withou...Read more of this...

by Drayton, Michael
...ble Erpingham,
Which didst the signal aim
To our hid forces;
When, from a meadow by,
Like a storm suddenly,
The English archery
Stuck the French horses

With Spanish yew so strong,
Arrows a cloth-yard long,
That like to serpents stung,
Piercing the weather.
None from his fellow starts,
But playing manly parts,
And like true English hearts
Stuck close together.

When down their bows they threw,
And forth their bilboes drew,
And on the French they flew,
Not one was tard...Read more of this...



by Nesbitt, Kenn
...athletics, she’s been blessed.
The trouble is she can’t decide
Which sport she plays the best.
She’s such an ace at archery.
She’s queen of the canoe.
She’s tough to top at taekwondo
And table tennis too.
She dominates the diving board.
She tromps the trampoline.
At lifting weights and wrestling
She’s the best you’ve ever seen.
She speeds across the swimming pool
To slake the summer heat.
On BMX and mountain bike
She simply can’t be beat.
She’s highest in the ...Read more of this...

by Hunt, James Henry Leigh
...
Between his locks so white:

For Robin already let him see
He should beat his playmates all
At wrestling, running, and archery,
Yet he cared not for a fall.

Merriest he was of merry boys,
And would set the old helmets bobbing;
If his uncle asked about the noise,
'Twas "If you please, Sir, Robin."

And yet if the old man wished no noise,
He'd come and sit at his knee,
And be the gravest of grave-eyed boys;
And not a word spoke he.

So whenever he and his mother c...Read more of this...

by Moore, Thomas
...armony's laws alone are kept moving. 
Beauty may boast of her eyes and her cheeks, 
But Love from the lips his true archery wings; 
And she, who but feathers the dart when she speaks, 
At once sends it home to the heart when she sings. 
Then sing -- sing -- Music was given, 
To brighten the gay, and kindle the loving; 
Souls here, like planets in heaven, 
By harmony's laws alone are kept moving. 

When Love, rock'd by his mother, 
Lay sleeping as calm as slumber c...Read more of this...

by Petrarch, Francesco
...eart,There to defend the pass bright eyes might gain;When his dread archery was pour'd amainWhere blunted erst had fallen every dart.Scared at the sudden brisk attack, I foundNor time, nor vigour to repel the foeWith weapons suited to the direful need;No kind protection of rough rising ground,...Read more of this...

by Drayton, Michael
...r> 
Poor rogue, go pawn thy fascia and thy bow 
For some few rags wherewith to cover thee. 
Or, if thou'lt not, thy archery forbear, 
To some base rustic do thyself prefer, 
And when corn's sown or grown into the ear, 
Practise thy quiver and turn crow-keeper.
Or, being blind, as fittest for the trade, 
Go hire thyself some bungling harper's boy; 
They that are blind are often minstrels made; 
So may'st thou live, to thy fair mother's joy, 
That whilst with Mars she h...Read more of this...

by Drayton, Michael
...oble Erpingham,
Which didst the signal aim
To our hid forces!
When from a meadow by,
Like a storm suddenly,
The English archery
Stuck the French horses.

With Spanish yew so strong,
Arrows a cloth-yard long,
That like to serpents stung,
Piercing the weather;
None from his fellow starts,
But, playing manly parts,
And like true English hearts,
Stuck close together.

When down their bows they threw,
And forth their bilbos drew,
And on the French they flew,
Not one was ta...Read more of this...

by Scott, Sir Walter
...an, fair as ivory bone,
     Scarlet, and Mutch, and Little John;
     Their bugles challenge all that will,
     In archery to prove their skill.
     The Douglas bent a bow of might,—
     His first shaft centred in the white,
     And when in turn he shot again,
     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 sympat...Read more of this...

by Walcott, Derek
...A stingray steeplechase across the sea,
tail whipping water, the high man-o'-wars
start reeling inland, quick, quick an archery
of flying fish miss us! Vince say: "You notice?"
and a black-mane squall pounce on the sail
like a dog on a pigeon, and it snap the neck
of the Flight and shake it from head to tail.
"Be Jesus, I never see sea get so rough
so fast! That wind come from God back pocket!"
"Where Cap'n headin? Like the man gone blind!"
"If we's to drong, we go drong,...Read more of this...

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