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Famous Bitterns Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
...y coots, and speckled teals;
Ye fisher herons, watching eels;
Ye duck and drake, wi’ airy wheels
 Circling the lake;
Ye bitterns, till the quagmire reels,
 Rair for his sake.

Mourn, clam’ring craiks at close o’ day,
’Mang fields o’ flow’ring clover gay;
And when ye wing your annual way
 Frae our claud shore,
Tell thae far warlds wha lies in clay,
 Wham we deplore.

Ye houlets, frae your ivy bow’r
In some auld tree, or eldritch tow’r,
What time the moon, wi’ silent ...Read More

by Emerson, Ralph Waldo
...kin of man:
Roses bleach, the goats are dry,
Lisbon quakes, the people cry.
Yon pale scrawny fisher fools,
Gaunt as bitterns in the pools,
Are no brothers of my blood,—
They discredit Adamhood.

Eyes of gods! ye must have seen,
O'er your ramparts as ye lean,
The general debility,
Of genius the sterility,
Mighty projects countermanded,
Rash ambition broken-handed,
Puny man and scentless rose
Tormenting Pan to double the dose.
Rebuild or ruin: either fill
Of vital f...Read More

by Graves, Robert
...lked in the wilderness; 
Soft words of grace He spoke 
Unto lost desert-folk
That listened wondering. 
He heard the bitterns call 
From ruined palace-wall, 
Answered them brotherly. 
He held communion
With the she-pelican 
Of lonely piety. 
Basilisk, cockatrice, 
Flocked to his homilies, 
With mail of dread device,
With monstrous barb?d slings, 
With eager dragon-eyes; 
Great rats on leather wings 
And poor blind broken things, 
Foul in their miseries.
And eve...Read More

by Yeats, William Butler
...f delight;
And on the shores were many boats
With bending sterns and bending bows,
And carven figures on their prows
Of bitterns, and fish-eating stoats,
And swans with their exultant throats:
And where the wood and waters meet
We tied the horse in a leafy clump,
And Niamh blew three merry notes
Out of a little silver trump;
And then an answering whispering flew
Over the bare and woody land,
A whisper of impetuous feet,
And ever nearer, nearer grew;
And from the woods rushed ...Read More

by Graves, Robert
...h you were here to feed him with cherries.”)

Here by a snowbound river 
In scrapen holes we shiver, 
And like old bitterns we 
Boom to you plaintively: 
Robert, how can I rhyme
Verses for your desire— 
Sleek fauns and cherry-time, 
Vague music and green trees, 
Hot sun and gentle breeze, 
England in June attire,
And life born young again, 
For your gay goatish brute 
Drunk with warm melody 
Singing on beds of thyme 
With red and rolling eye,
Waking with wanton lute 
All...Read More

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