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Famous Blows Poems by Famous Poets

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by Pope, Alexander
...enough no Harshness gives Offence,
The Sound must seem an Eccho to the Sense.
Soft is the Strain when Zephyr gently blows,
And the smooth Stream in smoother Numbers flows;
But when loud Surges lash the sounding Shore,
The hoarse, rough Verse shou'd like the Torrent roar.
When Ajax strives, some Rocks' vast Weight to throw,
The Line too labours, and the Words move slow;
Not so, when swift Camilla scours the Plain,
Flies o'er th'unbending Corn, and skims along the Main....Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington, 
I think it well for me it was for Asher. 
I dwell on him, meaning that you may know him
Before your last horn blows. He has a name 
That’s like a tree, and therefore like himself— 
By which I mean you find him where you leave him. 
I saw him and The Admiral together 
While I was in the dark, but they were far—
Far as around the world from where I was; 
And they knew nothing of what I saw not 
While I knew only I was not alone. 
I made a fire to make the ...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...shall be found by the fire, suppose,
O'er a great wise book as beseemeth age,
While the shutters flap as the cross-wind blows
And I turn the page, and I turn the page,
Not verse now, only prose!


Till the young ones whisper, finger on lip,
``There he is at it, deep in Greek:
``Now then, or never, out we slip
``To cut from the hazels by the creek
``A mainmast for our ship!''


I shall be at it indeed, my friends:
Greek puts already on either side
Such a branc...Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...To make me love him more, and in some cavern of the sea

Deeper than ever falls the fisher's line
Already a huge Triton blows his horn,
And weaves a garland from the crystalline
And drifting ocean-tendrils to adorn
The emerald pillars of our bridal bed,
For sphered in foaming silver, and with coral crowned head,

We two will sit upon a throne of pearl,
And a blue wave will be our canopy,
And at our feet the water-snakes will curl
In all their amethystine panoply
Of diamonded ...Read More

by Keats, John; at last he drinks,
And lost in pleasure at her feet he sinks,
Touching with dazzled lips her starlight hand.
He blows a bugle,--an ethereal band
Are visible above: the Seasons four,--
Green-kyrtled Spring, flush Summer, golden store
In Autumn's sickle, Winter frosty hoar,
Join dance with shadowy Hours; while still the blast,
In swells unmitigated, still doth last
To sway their floating morris. "Whose is this?
Whose bugle?" he inquires: they smile--"O Dis!
Why is t...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...ds run wild and unclaimed in the prairies;
Here, too, lands may be had for the asking, and forests of timber
With a few blows of the axe are hewn and framed into houses.
After your houses are built, and your fields are yellow with harvests,
No King George of England shall drive you away from your homesteads,
Burning your dwellings and barns, and stealing your farms and your cattle."
Speaking these words, he blew a wrathful cloud from his nostrils,
While his huge, brow...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...yet its woes the winters mitigate. 
 It rears itself among convulsive throes 
 That shake its ruins when the tempest blows. 
 Winter, the savage warrior, pleases well, 
 With its storm clouds, the mighty citadel,— 
 Restoring it to life. The lightning flash 
 Strikes like a thief and flies; the winds that crash 
 Sound like a clarion, for the Tempest bluff 
 Is Battle's sister. And when wild and rough, 
 The north wind blows, the tower exultant cries 
 "Behold me!"...Read More

by Keats, John
In midst of this dethronement horrible.
Speak! roar! shout! yell! ye sleepy Titans all.
Do ye forget the blows, the buffets vile?
Are ye not smitten by a youngling arm?
Dost thou forget, sham Monarch of the waves,
Thy scalding in the seas? What! have I rous'd
Your spleens with so few simple words as these?
O joy! for now I see ye are not lost:
O joy! for now I see a thousand eyes
Wide-glaring for revenge!"---As this he said,
He lifted up his stature vast, and s...Read More

by Milton, John
...Awake: The morning shines, and the fresh field 
Calls us; we lose the prime, to mark how spring 
Our tender plants, how blows the citron grove, 
What drops the myrrh, and what the balmy reed, 
How nature paints her colours, how the bee 
Sits on the bloom extracting liquid sweet. 
Such whispering waked her, but with startled eye 
On Adam, whom embracing, thus she spake. 
O sole in whom my thoughts find all repose, 
My glory, my perfection! glad I see 
Thy face, and mor...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...’s motion under me—I feel the Atlantic breezes fanning me, 
I hear the cry again sent down from the mast-head—There—she blows! 
—Again I spring up the rigging, to look with the rest—We see—we descend,
 with excitement, 
I leap in the lower’d boat—We row toward our prey, where he lies,
We approach, stealthy and silent—I see the mountainous mass, lethargic, basking, 
I see the harpooneer standing up—I see the weapon dart from his vigorous arm: 
O swift, again, now, far ou...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...e flap of the curtain’d litter, a sick man inside, borne to the hospital;
The meeting of enemies, the sudden oath, the blows and fall; 
The excited crowd, the policeman with his star, quickly working his passage to
 the centre of the crowd; 
The impassive stones that receive and return so many echoes; 
What groans of over-fed or half-starv’d who fall sun-struck, or in fits; 
What exclamations of women taken suddenly, who hurry home and give birth to
What livin...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...places, laying them regular, 
Setting the studs by their tenons in the mortises, according as they were prepared, 
The blows of mallets and hammers, the attitudes of the men, their curv’d limbs, 
Bending, standing, astride the beams, driving in pins, holding on by posts and braces,
The hook’d arm over the plate, the other arm wielding the axe, 
The floor-men forcing the planks close, to be nail’d, 
Their postures bringing their weapons downward on the bearers, 
The echoes re...Read More

by Chesterton, G K
...ver the shaws,
Shaken of the joy of giants,
The joy without a cause.

In the slopes away to the western bays,
Where blows not ever a tree,
He washed his soul in the west wind
And his body in the sea.

And he set to rhyme his ale-measures,
And he sang aloud his laws,
Because of the joy of the giants,
The joy without a cause. 

The King went gathering Wessex men,
As grain out of the chaff
The few that were alive to die,
Laughing, as littered skulls that lie
After lo...Read More

by Masefield, John
..."Straight left! Straight left!" and "Watch his right." 

I don't know how a boxer goes 
When all his body hums from blows; 
I know I seemed to rock and spin, 
I don't know how I saved my chin; 
I know I thought my only friend 
Was that clinked flash at each round's end 
When my two seconds, Ed and Jimmy, 
Had sixty seconds help to gimme. 
But in the ninth, with pain and knocks 
I stopped: I couldn't fight nor box. 
Bill missed his swing, the light was tricky, 
But...Read More

by Bradstreet, Anne
...ighbours to vex,
2.48 Nor evidence for land did me perplex.
2.49 I fear'd no storms, nor all the winds that blows.
2.50 I had no ships at Sea, no fraughts to loose.
2.51 I fear'd no drought, nor wet; I had no crop,
2.52 Nor yet on future things did place my hope.
2.53 This was mine innocence, but oh the seeds
2.54 Lay raked up of all the cursed weeds,
2.55 Which sprouted forth in my insuing age,
2.56 As he can tell, that nex...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...followed--almost Arthur's words-- 
A mocking fire: "what other fire than he, 
Whereby the blood beats, and the blossom blows, 
And the sea rolls, and all the world is warmed?" 
And when his answer chafed them, the rough crowd, 
Hearing he had a difference with their priests, 
Seized him, and bound and plunged him into a cell 
Of great piled stones; and lying bounden there 
In darkness through innumerable hours 
He heard the hollow-ringing heavens sweep 
Over him till by mira...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
     Expressed their merry marching on,
     Ere peal of closing battle rose,
     With mingled outcry, shrieks, and blows;
     And mimic din of stroke and ward,
     As broadsword upon target jarred;
     And groaning pause, ere yet again,
     Condensed, the battle yelled amain:
     The rapid charge, the rallying shout,
     Retreat borne headlong into rout,
     And bursts of triumph, to declare
     Clan-Alpine's congest—all were there.
     Nor ended thus t...Read More

by Thomson, James Blaze, and, taleful, there,
Recounts his simple Frolic: Much he talks, 
And much he laughs, nor recks the Storm that blows
Without, and rattles on his humble Roof.

AT last, the muddy Deluge pours along,
Resistless, roaring; dreadful down it comes
From the chapt Mountain, and the mossy Wild, 
Tumbling thro' Rocks abrupt, and sounding far:
Then o'er the sanded Valley, floating, spreads,
Calm, sluggish, silent; till again constrain'd,
Betwixt two meeting Hills, it bursts...Read More

by Wordsworth, William
...bsp;This wretched woman thither goes,  And she is known to every star,  And every wind that blows;  And there beside the thorn she sits  When the blue day-light's in the skies,  And when the whirlwind's on the hill,  Or frosty air is keen and still,  And to herself she cries,  "Oh misery! oh misery!  Oh woe is me! oh misery;" VIII....Read More

by Silverstein, Shel
...there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they m...Read More

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