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Famous Arno Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Lawrence, D. H.
...arches of the Ponte Vecchio 
A green light enters against stream, flush from the west, 
Against the current of obscure Arno ... 

Look up, and you see things flying 
Between the day and the night; 
Swallows with spools of dark thread sewing the shadows together. 

A circle swoop, and a quick parabola under the bridge arches 
Where light pushes through; 
A sudden turning upon itself of a thing in the air. 
A dip to the water. 

And you think: 
"The swa...Read more of this...



by Wilde, Oscar
...The oleander on the wall
Grows crimson in the dawning light,
Though the grey shadows of the night
Lie yet on Florence like a pall.

The dew is bright upon the hill,
And bright the blossoms overhead,
But ah! the grasshoppers have fled,
The little Attic song is still.

Only the leaves are gently stirred
By the soft breathing of the gale,
And in the a...Read more of this...

by Browning, Robert
...eral,
``Your lady will think, this feast of ours,---
``A shame to efface, whate'er befall!

``What if we break from the Arno bowers,
``And try if Petraja, cool and green,
``Cure last night's fault with this morning's flowers?''

The bridegroom, not a thought to be seen
On his steady brow and quiet mouth,
Said, ``Too much favour for me so mean!

``But, alas! my lady leaves the South;
``Each wind that comes from the Apennine
``Is a menace to her tender youth:

``Nor a way exist...Read more of this...

by Keats, John
...a sweet relief,
I should have felt ``the joy of grief.''
Yet as the Tuscan mid the snow
Of Lapland dreams on sweet Arno,
Even so for ever shall she be
The Halo of my Memory....Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
...With sunny Florence in our sight.
I gazed and gazed, too moved to speak
Until he queried: "What's that creek?"
"The Arno, sir," I said surprised;
He stared at it with empty eyes.

"It is," said I, "the storied stream
Where Dante used to pace and dream,
And wait for Beatrice to pass."
(Oh how I felt a silly ass
Explaining this.) With eyes remote
He asked: "Was Beatrice a boat?"

Then tranced by far Fiesole
Softly I sought to steal away;
But his adhesiveness was...Read more of this...



by Wilde, Oscar
...ll, my Giotto's tower,
Thou marble lily of the lily town! let not the lour

Of the rude tempest vex his slumber, or
The Arno with its tawny troubled gold
O'er-leap its marge, no mightier conqueror
Clomb the high Capitol in the days of old
When Rome was indeed Rome, for Liberty
Walked like a bride beside him, at which sight pale Mystery

Fled shrieking to her farthest sombrest cell
With an old man who grabbled rusty keys,
Fled shuddering, for that immemorial knell
With which o...Read more of this...

by Ashbery, John
...anks of the Loire
Near where it joined the Cher.
The St. Lawrence prods among black stones
And mud. But the Arno is all stones.
Wind ruffles the Hudson's
Surface. The Irawaddy is overflowing.
But the yellowish, gray Tiber
Is contained within steep banks. The Isar
Flows too fast to swim in, the Jordan's water
Courses over the flat land. The Allegheny and its boats
Were dark blue. The Moskowa is
Gray boats. The Amstel flows slowly.
Le...Read more of this...

by Robinson, Mary Darby
...nting soul,
With extacies beyond the pow'rs of song!
That ere I reach those banks
Where the loud TIBER flows,
Or milder ARNO slowly steals along,
To the soft music of the summer breeze,
The wafting wing of TIME
May bear this last ADIEU,
This wild untutor'd picture of the heart,
To HIM, whose magic verse INSPIR'D THE STRAIN....Read more of this...

by Alighieri, Dante
...uperba
predic? Cristo e li altri che 'l seguiro,
 e per trovare a conversione acerba
troppo la gente e per non stare indarno,
redissi al frutto de l'italica erba,
 nel crudo sasso intra Tevero e Arno
da Cristo prese l'ultimo sigillo,
che le sue membra due anni portarno.
 Quando a colui ch'a tanto ben sortillo
piacque di trarlo suso a la mercede
ch'el merit? nel suo farsi pusillo,
 a' frati suoi, s? com'a giuste rede,
raccomand? la donna sua pi? cara,
e comand? che l'amass...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
..., and the
 Guadalquiver
 flow;
I see the windings of the Volga, the Dnieper, the Oder; 
I see the Tuscan going down the Arno, and the Venetian along the Po; 
I see the Greek seaman sailing out of Egina bay. 

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I see the site of the old empire of Assyria, and that of Persia, and that of India; 
I see the falling of the Ganges over the high rim of Saukara.

I see the place of the idea of the Deity incarnated by avatars in human forms; 
I see the spots of the succession...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
...rania favella,
Mentre io di te, vezzosamente altera,
Canto, dal mio buon popol non inteso
E'l bel Tamigi cangio col bel Arno 
Amor lo volse, ed io a l'altrui peso
Seppi ch' Amor cosa mai volse indarno.
Deh! foss' il mio cuor lento e'l duro seno
A chi pianta dal ciel si buon terreno....Read more of this...

by Petrarch, Francesco
...lass=pagenum>[Pg 145] SONNET CXVI. Non Tesin, Po, Varo, Arno, Adige e Tebro. HE EXTOLS THE LAUREL AND ITS FAVOURITE STREAM.  Not all the streams that water the bright earth,Not all the trees to which its breast gives birth,Can cooling drop or healing balm impartRead more of this...

by Petrarch, Francesco
...SONNET XL. Quella per cui con Sorga ho cangiat' Arno. HE ATTEMPTS TO PAINT HER BEAUTIES, BUT NOT HER VIRTUES.  She, for whose sake fair Arno I resign,And for free poverty court-affluence spurn,Has known to sour the precious sweets to turnRead more of this...

by Browning, Robert
...uneral, 
Your lady will think, this feast of ours, -- 
A shame to efface, whate'er befall! 

"What if we break from the Arno bowers, 
And try if Petraja, cool and green, 
Cure last night's fault with this morning's flowers?"

The bridegroom, not a thought to be seen 
On his steady brow and quiet mouth, 
Said, "Too much favour for me so mean!

"But, alas! my lady leaves the South; 
Each wind that comes from the Apennine 
Is a menace to her tender youth: 

"Nor a way exists, th...Read more of this...

by Petrarch, Francesco
...passion led(As fame belies her); last, the virtuous maidRetired to Arno, who no rest could find,Her friends' constraining power forced her mind.The Triumph thither went where salt waves wetThe Baian shore eastward; her foot she setThere on firm land, and did Avernus leaveOn the one hand, on th' o...Read more of this...

by Arnold, Matthew
...the lights come out.
I cannot reach the signal-tree to-night,
Yet, happy omen, hail!
Hear it from thy broad lucent Arno-vale
(For there thine earth forgetting eyelids keep
The morningless and unawakening sleep
Under the flowery oleanders pale),

Hear it, O Thyrsis, still our tree is there!--
Ah, vain! These English fields, this upland dim,
These brambles pale with mist engarlanded,
That lone, sky-pointing tree, are not for him;
To a boon southern country he is fled,
And ...Read more of this...

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