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Famous Boa Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Holmes, Oliver Wendell
From the midnight howling monkey,
From the stroke of knife or dagger,
From the puma and the jaguar,
From the horrid boa-constrictor
That has scared us in the picture,
From the Indians of the Pampas
Who would dine upon their grampas,
From every beast and vermin
That to think of sets us squirmin',
From every snake that tries on
The traveller his p'ison,
From every pest of Natur',
Likewise the alligator,
And from two things left behind him,
(Be sure they'll try to find him,)...Read More

by Lee, Li-Young
...a father's love add up to silence.

Credit: Copyright © 1990 by Li-Young Lee. Reprinted with the permission of BOA Editions, Ltd., More

by Rilke, Rainer Maria
walk by in the
streets when the leaves blow.

Translated by John Logan, 
"Homage to Rainer Maria Rilke," (BOA Editions)

Original German


Herr: es ist Zeit. Der Sommer war sehr gross.
Leg deinen Schatten auf die Sonnenuhren,
und auf den Fluren lass die Winde los. 

Befiehl den letzten Fruchten voll zu sein;
gieb innen noch zwei sudlichere Tage,
drange sie zur Vollendung hin und jage
die letzte Susse in den schweren Wein. 

Wer jetzt k...Read More

by Silverstein, Shel
...Oh, I'm being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don't like it--one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It's nibblin' my toe.
Oh, gee,
It's up to my knee.
Oh my,
It's up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It's up to my middle.
Oh, heck,
It's up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff . ....Read More

by Lee, Li-Young more could I, a young man, want.

Credit: Copyright © 1986 by Li-Young Lee. Reprinted with the permission of BOA Editions, Ltd., More

by Smart, Christopher

Let Rebekah rejoice with Iynx, who holds his head on one side to deceive the adversary. 

Let Shuah rejoice with Boa, which is the vocal serpent. 

Let Ehud rejoice with Onocrotalus, whose braying is for the glory of God, because he makes the best musick in his power. 

Let Shamgar rejoice with Otis, who looks about him for the glory of God, and sees the horizon compleat at once. 

Let Bohan rejoice with the Scythian Stag -- he is beef and breeches against ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...nt and roar and howl; 
 Whilst other monsters fast 
 The hissing basilisk; 
 The hippopotamus so vast, 
 And the boa with waking appetite made brisk! 
 The orfrey showing tongue, 
 The fly in stinging mood, 
 The elephant that crushes strong 
 And elastic bamboos an the scorpion's brood; 
 And the men of the trees 
 With their families fierce, 
 Till there is not one scorching breeze 
 But brings here its venom—its horror to pierce— 
 Yet, rather ther...Read More

by Clifton, Lucille the poem at the end of the world 

Credit: Copyright © 1987 by Lucille Clifton. Reprinted with the permission of BOA Editions, Ltd., More

by Clifton, Lucille

only where you sing,
I poet.

Credit: Copyright © 1987 by Lucille Clifton. Reprinted with the permission of BOA Editions, Ltd., More

by Reeser, Jennifer
...inside out – of lace-
edged netting – is the color
of Shaka Zulu’s face;

of panther flower at midnight
where crow and boa doze;
of vertigo and stage fright
in frail Ophelia’s clothes.

I wear it as a symbol.
Its ripped, Chantilly trim
I fixed without a thimble,
was pricked and bled for him.

A torn band may be mended,
but what if he and I
disband, no longer blended?
My spine turned to the sky,

reflecting on my dresser
from mirror-fine sateens:
the Great Bear wi...Read More

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