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Famous Archipelago Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Walcott, Derek
...caying leaves,
the phrase from Mandelstam circles with light
in a brown room, in barren Oklahoma.

There is a Gulag Archipelago
under this ice, where the salt, mineral spring
of the long Trail of Tears runnels these plains
as hard and open as a herdsman's face
sun-cracked and stubbled with unshaven snow.

Growing in whispers from the Writers' Congress,
the snow circles like cossacks round the corpse
of a tired Choctaw till it is a blizzard
of treaties and white papers...Read more of this...

by Hugo, Victor
...falls, vibrates the light guitar. 
 She listens—hark! that sound that echoes dull and low. 
 Is it the beat upon the Archipelago 
 Of some long galley's oar, from Scio bound afar? 
 Is it the cormorants, whose black wings, one by one, 
 Cut the blue wave that o'er them breaks in liquid pearls? 
 Is it some hovering sprite with whistling scream that hurls 
 Down to the deep from yon old tower a loosened stone? 
 Who thus disturbs the tide near the seraglio? 
 '...Read more of this...

by Ibsen, Henrik
...rowned with golden light. 

But o'er the smouldering cloud-wrack's flow, 
Where gold and amber kiss, 
Stands up the archipelago, 
A home of shining peace. 
The mountain eagle seems to sail 
A ship far seen at even; 
And over all a serried pale 
Of peaks, like giants ranked in mail, 
Fronts westward threatening heaven. 

But look, a steading nestles, close 
Beneath the ice-fields bound, 
Where purple cliffs and glittering snows 
The quiet home surround. 
Here p...Read more of this...

by Byron, George (Lord)
...he sherbet by the bath-keeper, after dressing. 

(34) The Turkish notions of almost all islands are confined to the Archipelago, the sea alluded to. 

(35) Lambro Canzani, a Greek, famous for his efforts in 1789-90, for the independence of his country. Abandoned by the Russians, he became a pirate, and the Archipelago was the scene of his enterprises. He is said to be still alive at St Petersburg. He and Riga are the two most celebrated of the Greek revolu...Read more of this...

by Neruda, Pablo
...sea, wife
of the Oceanian wind, O separate rose
from the long stem of the trampled bush
that the depths, converted into archipelago,
O natural star, green diadem,
alone in your lonesome dynasty,
still unattainable, elusive, desolate
like one drop, like one grape, like the sea....Read more of this...

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