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Famous Elm Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Hood, Thomas
...breast. 
Where is the pride of Summer,—the green prime,— 
The many, many leaves all twinkling?—Three 
On the moss'd elm; three on the naked lime 
Trembling,—and one upon the old oak-tree! 
Where is the Dryad's immortality?— 
Gone into mournful cypress and dark yew, 
Or wearing the long gloomy Winter through 
In the smooth holly's green eternity. 

The squirrel gloats on his accomplish'd hoard, 
The ants have brimm'd their garners with ripe grain, 
And honey bees have ...Read More



by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...But not for him. What are you smiling at? 
Well, so it went until a day in June. 
We were together under an old elm, 
Which now, I hope, is gone—though it’s a crime 
In me that I should have to wish the death
Of such a tree as that. There were no trees 
Like those that grew at school—until he came. 
We stood together under it that day, 
When he, by some ungovernable chance, 
All foreign to the former crafty care
That he had used never to cross my favor, 
Told ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...tearing out of sheath 
The brand, Sir Balin with a fiery 'Ha! 
So thou be shadow, here I make thee ghost,' 
Hard upon helm smote him, and the blade flew 
Splintering in six, and clinkt upon the stones. 
Then Garlon, reeling slowly backward, fell, 
And Balin by the banneret of his helm 
Dragged him, and struck, but from the castle a cry 
Sounded across the court, and--men-at-arms, 
A score with pointed lances, making at him-- 
He dashed the pummel at the foremost face, 
B...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...e for his people.
With his prisoner-string he bound him,
Led him captive to his wigwam,
Tied him fast with cords of elm-bark
To the ridge-pole of his wigwam.
"Kahgahgee, my raven!" said he,
"You the leader of the robbers,
You the plotter of this mischief,
The contriver of this outrage,
I will keep you, I will hold you,
As a hostage for your people,
As a pledge of good behavior!"
And he left him, grim and sulky,
Sitting in the morning sunshine
On the summit of the wigw...Read More

by Milton, John
...dew, amongst rude burs and thistles
Perhaps some cold bank is her bolster now,
Or 'gainst the rugged bark of some broad elm
Leans her unpillowed head, fraught with sad fears.
What if in wild amazement and affright,
Or, while we speak, within the direful grasp
Of savage hunger, or of savage heat!
 ELD. BRO. Peace, brother: be not over-exquisite
To cast the fashion of uncertain evils;
For, grant they be so, while they rest unknown,
What need a man forestall his date...Read More



by Bradstreet, Anne
...shall they lie.
140 But man was made for endless immortality. 

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141 Under the cooling shadow of a stately Elm
142 Close sate I by a goodly River's side,
143 Where gliding streams the Rocks did overwhelm.
144 A lonely place, with pleasures dignifi'd.
145 I once that lov'd the shady woods so well,
146 Now thought the rivers did the trees excel,
147 And if the sun would ever shine, there would I dwell. 

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148 While on the stealing stream I fixt mine...Read More

by Plath, Sylvia
...for Ruth Fainlight


I know the bottom, she says. I know it with my great tap root;
It is what you fear.
I do not fear it: I have been there.

Is it the sea you hear in me,
Its dissatisfactions?
Or the voice of nothing, that was you madness?

Love is a shadow.
How you lie and cry after it.
Listen: these are its hooves: it ha...Read More

by Belloc, Hilaire
...s
No harvest for the husbandman, but now
Shall bear a nobler foison than the plough;
To where, festooned along the tall elm trees,
Tendrils are mirrored in Tyrrhenian seas;
To where the South awaits them; even to where
Stark, African informed of burning air,
Upturned to Heaven the broad Hipponian plain
Extends luxurious and invites the main.
Guelma's a mother: barren Thaspsa breeds;
And northward in the valleys, next the meads
That sleep by misty river banks, the Vines
Ha...Read More

by Milton, John
...reached too far 
Their pampered boughs, and needed hands to check 
Fruitless embraces: or they led the vine 
To wed her elm; she, spoused, about him twines 
Her marriageable arms, and with him brings 
Her dower, the adopted clusters, to adorn 
His barren leaves. Them thus employed beheld 
With pity Heaven's high King, and to him called 
Raphael, the sociable Spirit, that deigned 
To travel with Tobias, and secured 
His marriage with the seventimes-wedded maid. 
Raphae...Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...to see him look
So wistfully at the day,
And strange it was to think that he
Had such a debt to pay.


For oak and elm have pleasant leaves
That in the springtime shoot:
But grim to see is the gallows-tree,
With its adder-bitten root,
And, green or dry, a man must die
Before it bears its fruit!

The loftiest place is that seat of grace
For which all worldlings try:
But who would stand in hempen band
Upon a scaffold high,
And through a murderer's collar take
His last look...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...t; 
Broad in the beam, that the stress of the blast, 
Pressing down upon sail and mast, 
Might not the sharp bows overwhelm; 
Broad in the beam, but sloping aft 
With graceful curve and slow degrees, 
That she might be docile to the helm, 
And that the currents of parted seas, 
Closing behind, with mighty force, 
Might aid and not impede her course. 
In the ship-yard stood the Master, 
With the model of the vessel, 
That should laugh at all disaster, 
And with wave and wh...Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...of Troy,
Queen Helen lying in the ivory room,
And at her side an amorous red-lipped boy
Trimming with dainty hand his helmet's plume,
And far away the moil, the shout, the groan,
As Hector shielded off the spear and Ajax hurled the stone;

Of winged Perseus with his flawless sword
Cleaving the snaky tresses of the witch,
And all those tales imperishably stored
In little Grecian urns, freightage more rich
Than any gaudy galleon of Spain
Bare from the Indies ever! these at lea...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...f the eager boy
Along the dappled cobbles, while the rout
Within the tavern jeered at his employ.
Through new-burst elm leaves filtered the white moon,
Who peered and splashed between the twinkling boughs,
Flooded the open spaces, and took flight
Before tall, serried houses in platoon,
Guarded by shadows. Past the Custom House
They took their hurried way in the Spring-scented night.

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Before a door which fronted a canal
The boy halted. A dim tree-shaded spot....Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...and oaks
With huge boles
Round which the tape rolls
Thirty mortal feet, say the village folks.
Two hundred loads of elm and Scottish fir;
Planking from Dantzig.
My! What timber goes into a ship!
Tap! Tap!
Two years they have seasoned her ribs on the ways,
Tapping, tapping.
You can hear, though there's nothing where you gaze.
Through the fog down the reaches of the river,
The tapping goes on like heart-beats in a fever.
The church-bells chime
Hours and hour...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...CANTO FIRST.

The Chase.

     Harp of the North! that mouldering long hast hung
        On the witch-elm that shades Saint Fillan's spring
     And down the fitful breeze thy numbers flung,
        Till envious ivy did around thee cling,
     Muffling with verdant ringlet every string,—
        O Minstrel Harp, still must thine accents sleep?
     Mid rustling leaves and fountains murmuring,
        Still must thy sweeter sounds their silence keep,
 ...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...e three gallant gentlemen to death.' 
'I trust you,' said the other, 'for we two 
Were always friends, none closer, elm and vine: 
But yet your mother's jealous temperament-- 
Let not your prudence, dearest, drowse, or prove 
The Danaïd of a leaky vase, for fear 
This whole foundation ruin, and I lose 
My honour, these their lives.' 'Ah, fear me not' 
Replied Melissa; 'no--I would not tell, 
No, not for all Aspasia's cleverness, 
No, not to answer, Madam, all those ha...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...u clash them all in one, 
That have as many differences as we. 
The violet varies from the lily as far 
As oak from elm: one loves the soldier, one 
The silken priest of peace, one this, one that, 
And some unworthily; their sinless faith, 
A maiden moon that sparkles on a sty, 
Glorifying clown and satyr; whence they need 
More breadth of culture: is not Ida right? 
They worth it? truer to the law within? 
Severer in the logic of a life? 
Twice as magnetic to sweet influ...Read More

by Arnold, Matthew
...And then they land, and thou art seen no more!— 
Maidens, who from the distant hamlets come
To dance around the Fyfield elm in May,
Oft through the darkening fields have seen thee roam,
Or cross a stile into the public way.
Oft thou hast given them store
Of flowers—the frail-leafed white anemony,
Dark bluebells drenched with dews of summer eves,
And purple orchises with spotted leaves— 
But none hath words she can report of thee.

And, above Godstow Bridge, when hay-t...Read More

by Plath, Sylvia
...argo of agony toward me, inescapable, tidal.
And I, a shell, echoing on this white beach
Face the voices that overwhelm, the terrible element.

THIRD VOICE:
I am a mountain now, among mountainy women.
The doctors move among us as if our bigness
Frightened the mind. They smile like fools.
They are to blame for what I am, and they know it.
They hug their flatness like a kind of health.
And what if they found themselves surprised, as I did?
They would...Read More

by Akhmatova, Anna
...cient city is as if dead,
Strange's my coming here.
Vladimir has raised a black cross
Over the river.
Noisy elm trees, noisy lindens
In the gardens dark,
Raised to God, the needle-bearing
Stars' bright diamond sparks.
Sacrificial and glorious
Way, I am ending here,
With me is but you, my equal,
And my love so dear.



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It seems as though the voice of man
Will never sound in this place,
But only wind from age of stone
Is knocking on ...Read More

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