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Famous Balustrade Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Hardy, Thomas

In Casterbridge there stood a noble pile, 
Wrought with pilaster, bay, and balustrade 
In tactful times when shrewd Eliza swayed. - 
 On burgher, squire, and clown 
It smiled the long street down for near a mile 


But evil days beset that domicile; 
The stately beauties of its roof and wall 
Passed into sordid hands. Condemned to fall 
 Were cornice, quoin, and cove, 
And all that art had wove in antique style. 

I...Read More

by Keats, John
Gold dome, and crystal wall, and turquois floor,
Black polish'd porticos of awful shade,
And, at the last, a diamond balustrade,
Leading afar past wild magnificence,
Spiral through ruggedest loopholes, and thence
Stretching across a void, then guiding o'er
Enormous chasms, where, all foam and roar,
Streams subterranean tease their granite beds;
Then heighten'd just above the silvery heads
Of a thousand fountains, so that he could dash
The waters with his spear; but at the ...Read More

by Keats, John
To kill Lorenzo, and there bury him.

So on a pleasant morning, as he leant
Into the sun-rise, o'er the balustrade
Of the garden-terrace, towards him they bent
Their footing through the dews; and to him said,
"You seem there in the quiet of content,
"Lorenzo, and we are most loth to invade
"Calm speculation; but if you are wise,
"Bestride your steed while cold is in the skies.

"To-day we purpose, ay, this hour we mount
"To spur three leagues tow...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...the carven cedarn doors, 
Flung inward over spangled floors, 
Broad-based flights of marble stairs 
Ran up with golden balustrade, 
After the fashion of the time, 
And humour of the golden prime 
Of good Haroun Alraschid. 

The fourscore windows all alight 
As with the quintessence of flame, 
A million tapers flaring bright 
From twisted silvers look'd to shame 
The hollow-vaulted dark, and stream'd 
Upon the mooned domes aloof 
In inmost Bagdat, till there seem'd 
Hundr...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...rful cry! 
 Quick, 'neath the spiral round 
 Of the deep staircase fly! 
 See, see our lamplight fade! 
 And of the balustrade 
 Mounts, mounts the circling shade 
 Up to the ceiling high! 
 'Tis the Djinns' wild streaming swarm 
 Whistling in their tempest flight; 
 Snap the tall yews 'neath the storm, 
 Like a pine flame crackling bright. 
 Swift though heavy, lo! their crowd 
 Through the heavens rushing loud 
 Like a livid thunder-cloud 
 With its bolt of...Read More

by Keats, John
...took covert, pleas'd amain.
His poor guide hurried back with agues in her brain.

 Her falt'ring hand upon the balustrade,
 Old Angela was feeling for the stair,
 When Madeline, St. Agnes' charmed maid,
 Rose, like a mission'd spirit, unaware:
 With silver taper's light, and pious care,
 She turn'd, and down the aged gossip led
 To a safe level matting. Now prepare,
 Young Porphyro, for gazing on that bed;
She comes, she comes again, like ring-dove fray'd and...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
The long, long road to Avignon,
Across the bridge to Avignon,
One morning in the spring.
Slowly she walks to the balustrade,
Idly notes how the blossoms fade
In the sun's caress; then crosses where
The shadow shelters a carven chair.
Within its curve, supine she lies,
And wearily closes her tired eyes.
The minstrel beseeches his silver strings,
And holding the lady spellbound, sings: --
Down the road to Avignon,
The long, long road to Avignon,
Across the bridge...Read More

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