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Famous Baltic Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...d the Scaur,
Unmatch’d at the bottle, unconquer’d in war,
He drank his poor god-ship as deep as the sea;
No tide of the Baltic e’er drunker than he.

Thus Robert, victorious, the trophy has gain’d;
Which now in his house has for ages remain’d;
Till three noble chieftains, and all of his blood,
The jovial contest again have renew’d.

Three joyous good fellows, with hearts clear of flaw
Craigdarroch, so famous for with, worth, and law;
And trusty Glenriddel, so skill’...Read More

by Clampitt, Amy
...rian—and sometimes, from 
what she didn't know she was saying, I'd snatch a shred
or two of her threadbare history. Baltic cold. Being 
sent home in a troika when her feet went numb. In
summer, carriage rides. A swarm of gypsy children 
driven off with whips. An octogenarian father, bishop
of a dying schismatic sect. A very young mother
who didn't want her. A half-brother she met just once.
Cousins in Wisconsin, one of whom phoned her from a ca...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...(Bergen)SEVEN days all fog, all mist, and the turbines pounding through high seas.
I was a plaything, a rat’s neck in the teeth of a scuffling mastiff.
Fog and fog and no stars, sun, moon.
Then an afternoon in fjords, low-lying lands scrawled in granite languages on a gray sky,
A night harbor, blue dusk mountain shoulders against a night sky,
A...Read More

by Hugo, Victor 
 The German had one aim, it was to take 
 All land he could, and it his own to make. 
 The Pole already having Baltic shore, 
 Seized Celtic ports, still needing more and more. 
 On all the Northern Sea his crafts roused fear: 
 Iceland beheld his demon navy near. 
 Antwerp the German burnt; and Prussias twain 
 Bowed to the yoke. The Polish King was fain 
 To help the Russian Spotocus—his aid 
 Was like the help that in their common trade 
 A sturdy butcher ...Read More

by Hugo, Richard
mercy for ungrateful daughters. Let's live him
in ourselves, stand deranged on the meadow rim
and curse the Baltic back, moon, bear and blast.
And let him shout from his grave for us....Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
It is a fog night out and the umbrellas are up and the collars of the raincoats—and all the steamboats up and down the Baltic sea have their lights out and the wheelsmen sober.

Here the telegrams come—one king goes and another—butter is costly: there is no butter to buy for our bread in Stockholm—and a little patty of butter costs more than all the crowns of Germany.

Let us go out in the fog, John, let us roll up our raincoat collars and go on the streets where men...Read More

by Levine, Philip
...Along the strand stones, 
busted shells, wood scraps, 
bottle tops, dimpled 
and stainless beer cans. 
Something began here 
a century ago, 
a nameless disaster, 
perhaps a voyage 
to the lost continent 
where I was born. 
Now the cold winds 
of March dimple 
the gray, incoming 
waves. I kneel 
on the wet earth 
looking for a sign, 
maybe an ol...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...Nor Mountain hinder Me
Nor Sea --
Who's Baltic --
Who's Cordillera?...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...a, and the sea of Peru, 
The Japan waters, those of Hindostan, the China Sea, and the Gulf of Guinea,
The spread of the Baltic, Caspian, Bothnia, the British shores, and the Bay of Biscay, 
The clear-sunn’d Mediterranean, and from one to another of its islands, 
The inland fresh-tasted seas of North America, 
The White Sea, and the sea around Greenland. 

I behold the mariners of the world;
Some are in storms—some in the night, with the watch on the look-out; 
Some drifti...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...of the Goths—served the pastoral tribes and nomads; 
Served the long, long distant Kelt—served the hardy pirates of the Baltic;
Served before any of those, the venerable and harmless men of Ethiopia; 
Served the making of helms for the galleys of pleasure, and the making of those for war; 
Served all great works on land, and all great works on the sea; 
For the mediæval ages, and before the mediæval ages; 
Served not the living only, then as now, but served the dead.

8...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...Creation's birth,
 So we, in godlike mood,
May of our love create our earth
 And see that it is good.

So one shall Baltic pines content,
 As one some Surrey glade,
Or one the palm-grove's droned lament
 Before Levuka's Trade.
Each to his choice, and I rejoice
 The lot has fallen to me
In a fair ground-in a fair ground --
 Yea, Sussex by the sea!

No tender-hearted garden crowns,
 No bosonied woods adorn
Our blunt, bow-headed, whale-backed Downs,
 But gnarled and writ...Read More

by Campbell, Thomas
...Of Nelson and the North 
Sing the glorious day's renown, 
When to battle fierce came forth 
All the might of Denmark's crown, 
And her arms along the deep proudly shone;
By each gun the lighted brand 
In a bold determined hand, 
And the Prince of all the land 
Led them on. 

Like leviathans afloat 
Lay their bulwarks on the brine, 
While the sign of ba...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...My wife belongs to all mankind!
My wife--she's found abroad--at home;
But cross the Alps and she's at Rome;
Sail to the Baltic--there you'll find her;
Lounge on the Boulevards--kind and kinder:
In short, you've only just to drop
Where'er they sell the last new tale,
And, bound and lettered in the shop,
You'll find my lady up for sale!

She must her fair proportions render
To all whose praise can glory lend her;--
Within the coach, on board the boat,
Let every pedant "take a n...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...the kelson
 To the slings upon the yard.
Six oceans had their will of us
 To carry all away --
Our galley's in the Baltic,
 And our boom's in Mossel Bay!

We've floundered off the Texel,
 Awash with sodden deals,
We've slipped from Valparaiso
 With the Norther at our heels:
We've ratched beyond the Crossets
 That tusk the Southern Pole,
And dipped our gunnels under
 To the dread Agulhas roll.

Beyond all outer charting
 We sailed where none have sailed,
And saw the l...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...he kelson
 To the slings upon the yard.
 Six oceans had their will of us
 To carry all away --
 Our galley's in the Baltic,
 And our boom's in Mossel Bay.

 We've floundered off the Texel,
 Awash with sodden deals,
 We've shipped from Valparaiso
 With the Norther at our heels:
 We're ratched beyond the Crossets
 That tusk the Southern Pole,
 And dipped our gunnels under
 To the dread Agulhas roll.

 Beyond all outer charting
 We sailed where none have sailed,
 And...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...ugh the buoys,
 In Cisco's Dewdrop Dining-Rooms
 They tell the tale anew
 Of a hidden sea and a hidden fight,
 When the Baltic ran from the Northern Light
 And the Stralsund fought the two.

Now this is the Law of the Muscovite, that he proves with shot and steel,
When ye come by his isles in the Smoky Sea ye must not take the seal,
Where the gray sea goes nakedly between the weed-hung shelves,
And the little blue fox he is bred for his skin
 and the seal they breed for t...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...:--What reckoning do you keep,
 And steer by what star,
If we come unscathed from the Southern deep
 To be wrecked on a Baltic bar?

"Last night you swore our voyage was done,
 But seaward still we go.
And you tell us now of a secret vow
 You have made with an open foe! 

"That we must lie off a lightless coast
 And houl and back and veer
 At the will of the breed that have wrought us most
 For a year and a year and a year!

"There was never a shame in Christendie
 The...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...ere would be no pelts of the reindeer, flung down at thy cave for a gift,
Nor dole of the oily timber that comes on the Baltic drift;
No store of well-drilled needles, nor ouches of amber pale;
No new-cut tongues of the bison, nor meat of the stranded whale.

"Thou hast not toiled at the fishing when the sodden trammels freeze,
Nor worked the war-boats outward through the rush of the rock-staked seas,
Yet they bring thee fish and plunder -- full meal and an easy bed --
An...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...le boxes made of tin.
 Sometimes they stalk the Zeppelin,
 Sometimes they learn where mines are laid,
 Or where the Baltic ice is thin.
 That is the custom of "The Trade."

 Few prize-courts sit upon their claims.
 They seldom tow their targets in.
 They follow certain secret aims
 Down under, Far from strife or din.
 When they are ready to begin
 No flag is flown, no fuss is made
 More than the shearing of a pin.
 That is the custom of "The Trade....Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...e libations
Of Olympus.

Yet dost thou recall
Days departed, half-forgotten,
When in dreamy youth I wandered
By the Baltic,--

When I paused to hear
The old ballad of King Christian
Shouted from suburban taverns
In the twilight.

Thou recallest bards,
Who in solitary chambers,
And with hearts by passion wasted,
Wrote thy pages.

Thou recallest homes
Where thy songs of love and friendship
Made the gloomy Northern winter
Bright as summer.

Once some ancient Scal...Read More

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