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Famous High And Dry Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
...of my life, and many a life,
(For not my life and years alone I give—all, all I give,) 
These waifs from the deep, cast high and dry, 
Wash’d on America’s shores?...Read More

by Thomas, Dylan
...les for luck.

Then good-bye to the fishermanned
Boat with its anchor free and fast
As a bird hooking over the sea,
High and dry by the top of the mast,

Whispered the affectionate sand
And the bulwarks of the dazzled quay.
For my sake sail, and never look back,
Said the looking land.

Sails drank the wind, and white as milk
He sped into the drinking dark;
The sun shipwrecked west on a pearl
And the moon swam out of its hulk.

Funnels and masts went by in a wh...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
(For not my life and years alone I give—all, all I give;)
These thoughts and Songs—waifs from the deep—here, cast high and dry, 
Wash’d on America’s shores. 

Currents of starting a Continent new, 
Overtures sent to the solid out of the liquid, 
Fusion of ocean and land—tender and pensive waves,
(Not safe and peaceful only—waves rous’d and ominous too. 
Out of the depths, the storm’s abysms—Who knows whence? Death’s waves, 
Raging over the vast, with many a br...Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)
Is torn and stained with sand,
And you see the corner of her eye
Twists like a crooked pin.”

The memory throws up high and dry
A crowd of twisted things;
A twisted branch upon the beach
Eaten smooth, and polished
As if the world gave up
The secret of its skeleton,
Stiff and white.
A broken spring in a factory yard,
Rust that clings to the form that the strength has left
Hard and curled and ready to snap.

Half-past two,
The street-lamp said,
“Remark the cat whic...Read More

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