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Famous Rhinoceros Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Tate, James
...mirror for hours, bewildered.
There was something they meant to say, but didn't: 
"And if we put the statue of the rhinoceros
next to the tweezers, and walk around the room three times,
learn to yodel, shave our heads, call 
our ancestors back from the dead--" 
poetrywise it's still a bust, bankrupt.
You haven't scribbled a syllable of it.
You're a nowhere man misfiring
the very essence of your life, flustering
nothing from nothing and back again.
The hereaft...Read more of this...



by Taylor, Edward
...mirror for hours, bewildered.
There was something they meant to say, but didn't: 
"And if we put the statue of the rhinoceros
next to the tweezers, and walk around the room three times,
learn to yodel, shave our heads, call 
our ancestors back from the dead--" 
poetrywise it's still a bust, bankrupt.
You haven't scribbled a syllable of it.
You're a nowhere man misfiring
the very essence of your life, flustering
nothing from nothing and back again.
The hereaft...Read more of this...

by Sitwell, Dame Edith
...navy-blue ghost of Mr. Belaker,
The allegro ***** cocktail-shaker--
And his flattened face like the moon saw she--
Rhinoceros-black (a flowing sea!)....Read more of this...

by Smart, Christopher
...se the Lord of the Land of beauty and rejoice in the blessing of his good Report. 

Let Othniel praise God with the Rhinoceros, who put on his armour for the reward of beauty in the Lord. 

Let Tola bless with the Toad, which is the good creature of God, tho' his virtue is in the secret, and his mention is not made. 

Let Barak praise with the Pard -- and great is the might of the faithful and great is the Lord in the nail of Jael and in the sword of the Son of Ab...Read more of this...

by Ammons, A R
...), wildebeest ****,

horse **** (a favorite), caterpillar **** (so many dark
kinds, neatly pelleted as mint seed), baby rhinoceros
****, splashy jaybird ****, mockingbird ****

(dive-bombed with the aim of song), robin **** that
oozes white down lawnchairs or down roots under roosts,
chicken **** and chicken mite ****, pelican ****, gannet

**** (wholesome guano), fly **** (periodic), cockatoo
****, dog **** (past catalog or assimilation),
cricket ****, elk (high plains) ****...Read more of this...



by Nash, Ogden
...The rhino is a homely beast, 
For human eyes he's not a feast. 
Farwell, farewell, you old rhinoceros,
I'll stare at something less prepoceros....Read more of this...

by Dickinson, Emily
...lower -- like the Wren --
Or other heights of Other Ones
I've seen?

Tell which -- it's dull to guess --
And I must be Rhinoceros
Or Mouse --
At once -- for Thee --

So say -- if Queen it be --
Or Page -- please Thee --
I'm that -- or nought --
Or other thing -- if other thing there be --
With just this Stipulus --
I suit Thee --...Read more of this...

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