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Famous Atlantis Poems by Famous Poets

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by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...strange emotion that is not free from fear, 
That continent Elysian
Long vanished from our vision, 
Youth’s lovely lost Atlantis, so mourned for and so dear, 
Uprising from the ocean of the present surging near.

When gloomy gray Decembers are roused to Christmas mirth, 
The dullest life remembers there once was joy on earth, 
And draws from youth’s recesses
Some memory it possesses, 
And, gazing through the lens of time, exaggerates its worth, 
When gloomy gray December ...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
Where or what manner the doom, whether by day or by night; 
Whether in Indian deeps or on flood-laden fields of Atlantis, 
Or by the roaring Horn, shrouded in silence he lies. 

Few now remain who return by the weed-weary path to his cottage,
Drawn by the scene as it was—met by the chill and the change; 
Few are alive who report, and few are alive who remember, 
More of him now than a name carved somewhere on the sea. 

“Where is he lying?” I ask, and the ligh...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...wharf do not know Count Zinzendorf,
 Nor the Church in Philadelphia he builded.

 It is gone, gone, gone with lost Atlantis,
 (Never say I didn't give you warning). 
 In Seventeen Ninety-three 'twas there for all to see,
 But it's not in Philadelphia this morning.

If you're off to Philadelphia in the morning,
 You mustn't go by anything I've said.
Bob Bicknell's Southern Stages have been laid aside for ages,
 But the Limited will take you there instead.
...Read More

by Brecht, Bertolt
...Over whom
Did the Caesars triumph? Had Byzantium, much praised in song
Only palaces for its inhabitans? Even in fabled Atlantis
The night the ocean engulfed it
The drowning still bawled for their slaves.

The young Alexander conquered India.
Was he alone?
Caesar beat the Gauls.
Did he not have even a cook with him?

Philip of Spain wept when his armada
Went down. Was he the only one to weep?
Frederick the Second won the Seven Year's War. Who
Else won it?
...Read More

by Lewis, C S, a sunset splendour
In being the last of one's kind: a topmost moment as one watched 
The huge wave curving over Atlantis, the shrouded barge 
Turning away with wounded Arthur, or Ilium burning. 
Now I see that, all along, I was assuming a posterity 
Of gentle hearts: someone, however distant in the depths of time, 
Who could pick up our signal, who could understand a story. There won't be. 

Between the new Hembidae and us who are dying, already 
There ris...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...I sent a message to my dear --
 A thousand leagues and more to Her --
The dumb sea-levels thrilled to hear,
 And Lost Atlantis bore to Her.

Behind my message hard I came,
 And nigh had found a grave for me;
But that I launched of steel and flame
 Did war against the wave for me.

Uprose the deep, by gale on gale,
 To bid me change my mind again --
He broke his teeth along my rail,
 And, roaring, swung behind again.

I stayed the sun at noon to tell
 My way acro...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...ght he used,
 There was never squadron loosed,
And the brands he flung flew dying and fell dead.

But to Dives came Atlantis and the Captains of the West --
And their hates were nothing weakened nor their angers unrest --
 And they pawned their utmost trade
 For the dry, decreeing blade;
And Dives lent and took of them their best.

Then Satan said to Dives: -- "Declare thou by The Name,
"The secret of thy subtlety that turneth mine to shame.
 "It is knowvn through...Read More

by Nash, Ogden
...From whence arrived the praying mantis?
From outer space, or lost Atlantis?
glimpse the grin, green metal mug
at masks the pseudo-saintly bug,
Orthopterous, also carnivorous,
And faintly whisper, Lord deliver us....Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...und of where my Cities stood.
For the River rose at midnight and it washed away my Cities.
They are evened with Atlantis and the towns before the Flood.

Rain on rain-gorged channels raised the -water-levels round them,
Freshet backed on freshet swelled and swept their world from
Till the emboldened floods linked arms and, flashing forward,
 droned them--
Drowned my Seven Cities and their peoples in one night!

Low among the alders lie their derelict foun...Read More

by Montgomery, Lucy Maud
...sail with the magic of dusk behind and enchanted coasts before,
Over oceans that stretch to the sunset land where lost Atlantis lies,
And our pilot shall be the vesper star that shines in the amber skies. 

The sirens will call to us again, all sweet and demon-fair,
And a pale mermaiden will beckon us, with mist on her night-black hair;
We shall see the flash of her ivory arms, her mocking and luring face,
And her guiling laughter will echo through the great, wind-winnow...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...r, since then, the ocean streams 
Have swept us from that land of dreams, 
That land of fiction and of truth, 
The lost Atlantis of our youth! 
Whither, ah, whither? Are not these 
The tempest-haunted Orcades, 
Where sea-gulls scream, and breakers roar, 
And wreck and sea-weed line the shore? 

Ultima Thule! Utmost Isle! 
Here in thy harbors for a while 
We lower our sails; a while we rest 
From the unending, endless quest....Read More

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