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Famous Argo Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Hamer, Forrest
...And then we began eating corn starch,
chalk chewed wet into sirup. We pilfered
Argo boxes stored away to stiffen
my white dress shirt, and my cousin
and I played or watched TV, no longer annoyed
by the din of never cooling afternoons.

On the way home from church one fifth Sunday,
shirt outside my pants, my tie clipped on
its wrinkling collar, I found a new small can of snuff,
packed a chunk inside my cheek, and tripped
from the mu...Read more of this...



by Kipling, Rudyard
...e?
Equal Time hath shovelled it
 'Neath the wrack of Greece and Rome.
Neither wait we any more
That worn sail which Argo bore.

Dust and dust of ashes close
 All the Vestal Virgin's care;
And the oldest altar shows
 But an older darkness there.
Age-encamped Oblivion
Tenteth every light that shone.

Yet shall we, for Suns that die,
 Wall our wanderings from desire?
Or, because the Moon is high,
 Scorn to use a nearer fire?
Lest some envious Pharaoh stir,
Make o...Read more of this...

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...ns
Against the morning star.
Where fairer Tempes bloom, there sleep
Young Cyclads on a sunnier deep.

A loftier Argo cleaves the main,
Fraught with a later prize;
Another Orpheus sings again,
And loves, and weeps, and dies.
A new Ulyssses leaves once more
Calypso for his native shore......Read more of this...

by Jonson, Ben
...d give Like life unto them.  Who heav'd Hercules Unto the stars, or the Tindarides ? Who placed Jason's Argo in the sky,Or lifted Cassiopea in her chair, But only poets, rapt with rage divine ? And such, or my hopes fail, shall make you shine. You, and that other star, that purest light, Of all Lucina's train, Lucy the bright ; Than which a nobler heaven itself knows not ; Who, though she hath a better verser got, Or poet, in th...Read more of this...

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...ainst the morning star; 10 
Where fairer Tempes bloom there sleep 
Young Cyclads on a sunnier deep. 

A loftier Argo cleaves the main  
Fraught with a later prize; 
Another Orpheus sings again 15 
And loves and weeps and dies; 
A new Ulysses leaves once more 
Calypso for his native shore. 

O write no more the tale of Troy  
If earth Death's scroll must be¡ª 20 
Nor mix with Laian rage the joy 
Which dawns upon the free  
Although a subtler Sphinx renew...Read more of this...



by Smart, Christopher
...r> God send me a neighbour this September. 

Let Spriggings, house of Spriggings rejoice with Eon the Tree of which Argo was built. 

Let Bear, house of Bear rejoice with Gelotophyllis an herb which drank in wine and myrrh causes excess of laughter. 

Let Sloper, house of Sloper rejoice with Gelotophye another laughing plant. 

Let Tollfree, house of Tollfree rejoice with Fern of Trees -- Lord stave off evil this day. 

Let Clare, house of Clare rejoice wi...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
...e shock 
Of fighting elements, on all sides round 
Environed, wins his way; harder beset 
And more endangered than when Argo passed 
Through Bosporus betwixt the justling rocks, 
Or when Ulysses on the larboard shunned 
Charybdis, and by th' other whirlpool steered. 
So he with difficulty and labour hard 
Moved on, with difficulty and labour he; 
But, he once passed, soon after, when Man fell, 
Strange alteration! Sin and Death amain, 
Following his track (such was the wi...Read more of this...

by Arnold, Matthew
...ut they share
Their lives, and former violent toil in Thebes,
Seven-gated Thebes, or Troy;
Or where the echoing oars
Of Argo first
Startled the unknown sea.
The old Silenus
Came, lolling in the sunshine,
From the dewy forest-coverts,
This way at noon.
Sitting by me, while his Fauns
Down at the water-side
Sprinkled and smoothed
His drooping garland,
He told me these things.
But I, Ulysses,
Sitting on the warm steps,
Looking over the valley,
All day long, have seen,...Read more of this...

by Arnold, Matthew
...6 Their lives, and former violent toil in Thebes,
257 Seven-gated Thebes, or Troy;
258 Or where the echoing oars
259 Of Argo first
260 Startled the unknown sea. 

261 The old Silenus
262 Came, lolling in the sunshine,
263 From the dewy forest-coverts,
264 This way at noon.
265 Sitting by me, while his Fauns
266 Down at the water-side
267 Sprinkled and smoothed
268 His drooping garland,
269 He told me these things. 

270 But I, Ulysses,
271 Sitting on the warm step...Read more of this...

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