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Famous Norwegian Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Brackenridge, Hugh Henry
The glorious cause that urg'd our fathers first 
To visit climes unknown and wilder woods 
Than e'er Tartarian or Norwegian saw, 
And with fair culture to adorn that soil 
Which never knew th' industrious swain before. 

All this long story to rehearse would tire, 
Besides the sun toward the west retreats, 
Nor can the noblest tale retard his speed, 
Nor loftiest verse; not that which sung the fall 
Of Troy divine and smooth Scamander's stream. 
...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily

The Hemlock's nature thrives -- on cold --
The Gnash of Northern winds
Is sweetest nutriment -- to him --
His best Norwegian Wines --

To satin Races -- he is nought --
But Children on the Don,
Beneath his Tabernacles, play,
And Dnieper Wrestlers, run....Read More

by Milton, John
...descry new lands, 
Rivers, or mountains, in her spotty globe. 
His spear--to equal which the tallest pine 
Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast 
Of some great ammiral, were but a wand-- 
He walked with, to support uneasy steps 
Over the burning marl, not like those steps 
On Heaven's azure; and the torrid clime 
Smote on him sore besides, vaulted with fire. 
Nathless he so endured, till on the beach 
Of that inflamed sea he stood, and called 
His legions--Angel Fo...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...nded, black, divine-soul’d African, large, fine-headed, nobly-form’d,
 destin’d, on equal terms with me! 
You Norwegian! Swede! Dane! Icelander! you Prussian!
You Spaniard of Spain! you Portuguese! 
You Frenchwoman and Frenchman of France! 
You Belge! you liberty-lover of the Netherlands! 
You sturdy Austrian! you Lombard! Hun! Bohemian! farmer of Styria! 
You neighbor of the Danube!
You working-man of the Rhine, the Elbe, or the Weser! you working-woman too! 
You S...Read More

by Whitman, Walt hills—the Prussian goes his way, the Hungarian his way,
 Pole his way,
The Swede returns, and the Dane and Norwegian return. 

The homeward bound, and the outward bound, 
The beautiful lost swimmer, the ennuyé, the onanist, the female that loves
The actor and actress, those through with their parts, and those waiting to commence, 
The affectionate boy, the husband and wife, the voter, the nominee that is chosen, and the
 no...Read More

by Joyce, James
...**** Boniface
Thok's min gammelhole Norveegickers moniker
Og as ay are at gammelhore Norveegickers cod.
 (Chorus) A Norwegian camel old cod.
 He is, begod.

Lift it, Hosty, lift it, ye devil, ye! up with the rann,
 the rhyming rann!

It was during some fresh water garden pumping
Or, according to the Nursing Mirror, while admiring the monkeys
That our heavyweight heathen Humpharey
Made bold a maid to woo
 (Chorus) Woohoo, what'll she doo!
 The general lost her mai...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...and in the year of 1888,
The steamer "Saxmundham," laden with coal and coke for freight,
Was run into amidships by the Norwegian barque "Nor,"
And sunk in the English Channel, while the storm fiend did roar. 

She left Newcastle on Friday, in November, about two o'clock,
And proceeded well on her way until she received a shock;
And the effects of the collision were so serious within,
That, within twenty minutes afterwards, with water she was full to the brim. 

The e...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...act of love, I think,
even in the telling, wherever it went.

In the false New England forest
where the misplanted Norwegian trees
refused to root, their thick synthetic
roots barging out of the dirt to work on the air,
we held hands and walked on our knees.
Actually, there was no one there.

For fourty years this experimental
woodland grew, shaft by shaft in perfect rows
where its stub branches held and its spokes fell.
It was a place of parallel trees, thei...Read More

by Whittier, John Greenleaf marble statues grow! 

He comes, - he comes, - the Frost Spirit comes! 
On the rushing Northern blast, 
And the dark Norwegian pines have bowed 
As his fearful breath went past. 
With an unscorched wing he has hurried on, 
Where the fires of Hecla glow 
On the darkly beautiful sky above 
And the ancient ice below. 

He comes, - he comes, - the Frost Spirit comes! 
And the quiet lake shall feel 
The torpid touch of his glazing breath, 
And ring to the skater's heel;...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...the boats were saved in all
By the aid of God, on whom they did call. 

And on the next morning before daylight
The Norwegian barque "Gulvare" hove in sight;
Then they shouted and pulled towards her with all their might,
While the seas were running high, oh! what a fearful sight. 

The poor souls were prevented from getting along side
Of the barque "Gulvare" by the heavy seas and tide;
And as the boats drew near the barque the storm increases
Until the boats struck ag...Read More

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