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Famous Arethusa Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Brackenridge, Hugh Henry
...where the streams of revelation flow 
Unknown to bards of Helicon, or those 
Who on the top of Pindus, or the banks 
Of Arethusa and Eurotas stray'd, 
The poet drinks, and glorying in new strength, 
Soars high in rapture of sublimer strains; 
Such as that prophet sang who tun'd his harp 
On Zion hill and with seraphic praise 
In psalm and sacred ode by Siloa's brook, 
Drew HIS attention who first touch'd the soul 
With taste of harmony, and bade the spheres 
Move in rich meas...Read More

by Keats, John
...melodies are these?
They sound as through the whispering of trees,
Not native in such barren vaults. Give ear!

 "O Arethusa, peerless nymph! why fear
Such tenderness as mine? Great Dian, why,
Why didst thou hear her prayer? O that I
Were rippling round her dainty fairness now,
Circling about her waist, and striving how
To entice her to a dive! then stealing in
Between her luscious lips and eyelids thin.
O that her shining hair was in the sun,
And I distilling from it...Read More

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