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Famous Kingfisher Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Aiken, Conrad
...o and the music, too, of landscape lost.
And yet, not lost. For here savannahs wave
cressets of pampas, and the kingfisher
binds all that gold with blue.
 Why here? why here?
Why does the dream keep only this, just this C?
Yes, as the poem or the music do?

The timelessness of time takes form in rhyme:
the lotus and the locust tree rehearse
a four-form song, the quatrain of the year:
not in the clock's chime only do we hear
the passing of the Now into the past,
th...Read More

by Tebb, Barry


The halcyon settled on the Aire of our days

Kingfisher-blue it broke my heart in two

Shall I forget you? Shall I forget you?

I am the mad poet first love

You never got over

You are my blue-eyed

Madonna virgin bride

I shall carve ‘MG loves BT’

On the bark of every 

Wind-bent tree in 

East End Park


The park itself will blossom

And grow in chiaroscuro

The Victorian postcard’s view

O...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...ran away from home, 
Across the clover-fields and through the woods,
And waited on a rock above a stream, 
Just like a kingfisher. He might have dived, 
Or jumped, or he might not; but anyhow, 
There came along a man who looked at him 
With such an unexpected friendliness,
And talked with him in such a common way, 
That life grew marvelously different: 
What he had lately known for sullen trunks 
And branches, and a world of tedious leaves, 
Was all transmuted; a faint f...Read More

by Lowell, Robert
...n to blood:
Our ransom is the rubble of his death.

Christ walks on the black water. In Black Mud
Darts the kingfisher. On Corpus Christi, heart,
Over the drum-beat of St. Stephen's choir
I hear him, Stupor Mundi, and the mud
Flies from his hunching wings and beak--my heart,
he blue kingfisher dives on you in fire.
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by Lear, Edward
...K  was a kingfisher:Quickly he flew,So bright and so pretty!—Green, purple, and blue.  k! Kingfisher, blue!...Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...he meadow 
Breaking the gossamer threads and the nets of dew,
And flashing adown the river, a flame of blue!
The kingfisher flies like an arrow, and wounds the air....Read More

by Davies, William Henry
...It was the Rainbow gave thee birth,
And left thee all her lovely hues;
And, as her mother’s name was Tears,
So runs it in my blood to choose
For haunts the lonely pools, and keep
In company with trees that weep.
Go you and, with such glorious hues,
Live with proud peacocks in green parks;
On lawns as smooth as shining glass,
Let every feather show its ...Read More

by Yeats, William Butler
...ds and wander singing,
Must murmur at last, "Unjust, unjust";
And "My speed is a weariness," falters the mouse,
And the kingfisher turns to a ball of dust,
And the roof falls in of his tunnelled house.
But the love-dew dims our eyes till the day
When God shall come from the Sea with a sigh
And bid the stars drop down from the sky,
And the moon like a pale rose wither away.'...Read More

by Browning, Robert
A weary bee.... And scarce it pushes 
Its gentle way through strangling rushes 
Where the glossy kingfisher 
Flutters when noon-heats are near, 
Glad the shelving banks to shun, 
Red and steaming in the sun, 
Where the shrew-mouse with pale throat 
Burrows, and the speckled stoat; 
Where the quick sandpipers flit 
In and out the marl and grit 
That seems to breed them, brown as they: 
Naught disturbs its quiet way, 
Save some lazy stork that springs, 
T...Read More

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