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Famous Scorpion Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Brackenridge, Hugh Henry
That superstition, which saint John beheld, 
Rise in thick darkness from th' infernal lake. 
Locust and scorpion in the smoke ascend, 
False teacher, heretic, and Antichrist. 
The noon day sun is dark'ned in the sky, 
The moon forbears to give her wonted light. 
Full many a century the darkness rul'd, 
With heavier gloom than once on Egypt came, 
Save that on some lone coast, or desert isle, 
Where sep'rate far a chosen spirit dwelt, 
A Goshen shone, w...Read more of this...

by Robinson, Mary Darby
While eager vengeance op'd her thousand eyes; 
While the hir'd slave, the fiend of wrath, design'd 
To lash, with scorpion scourges, human-kind­ 
Dragg'd with ingenious pangs, the tardy hour, 
To feed the rancour of insatiate Pow'r. 

Blest be the favor'd delegates of Heav'n, 
To whose illustrious souls the task was giv'n 
To wrench the bolts of tyranny­and dare 
The petrifying confines of despair; 
With Heav'n's own breeze to cheer the gasping breath, 
And spread b...Read more of this...

by Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
...nives ;
A weary, wormy darkness, spurr'd i' the flank
With flame, that it should eat and end itself
Like some tormented scorpion. Then at last
I do remember clearly, how there came
A stranger with authority, not right,
(I thought not) who commanded, caught me up
From old Assunta's neck ; how, with a shriek,
She let me go, -- while I, with ears too full
Of my father's silence, to shriek back a word,
In all a child's astonishment at grief
Stared at the wharf-edge where she ...Read more of this...

by Soyinka, Wole
Long wear the sun's shadow; run naked to the night.

Peppers green and red—child—your tongue arch
To scorpion tail, spit straight return to danger's threats
Yet coo with the brown pigeon, tendril dew between your lips.

Shield you like the flesh of palms, skyward held
Cuspids in thorn nesting, insealed as the heart of kernel—
A woman's flesh is oil—child, palm oil on your tongue

Is suppleness to life, and wine of this gourd
From self-same timel...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord' all my grief for thee, --
The jungle rooted in his shatter'd hearth,
The serpent coil'd about his broken shaft,
The scorpion crawling over naked skulls; --
I saw the tiger in the ruin'd fane
Spring from his fallen God, but trace of thee
I saw not; and far on, and, following out
A league of labyrinthine darkness, came
On three gray heads beneath a gleaming rift.
"Where"? and I heard one voice from all the three
"We know not, for we spin the lives of men,
And not of God...Read more of this...

by Plath, Sylvia
...t your last homecoming.
I borrow the silts of an old tragedy.
The truth is, one late October, at my birth-cry
A scorpion stung its head, an ill-starred thing;
My mother dreamed you face down in the sea.

The stony actors poise and pause for breath.
I brought my love to bear, and then you died.
It was the gangrene ate you to the bone
My mother said: you died like any man.
How shall I age into that state of mind?
I am the ghost of an infamous suicide,
My...Read more of this...

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth


Now had the season returned, when the nights grow colder and longer,
And the retreating sun the sign of the Scorpion enters.
Birds of passage sailed through the leaden air, from the ice-bound,
Desolate northern bays to the shores of tropical islands,
Harvests were gathered in; and wild with the winds of September
Wrestled the trees of the forest, as Jacob of old with the angel.
All the signs foretold a winter long and inclement.
Bees, with prophetic in...Read more of this...

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)
...oses filled with early snow?
Thunder rolled by the rolling stars
Simulates triumphal cars
Deployed in constellated wars
Scorpion fights against the Sun
Until the Sun and Moon go down
Comets weep and Leonids fly
Hunt the heavens and the plains
Whirled in a vortex that shall bring
The world to that destructive fire
Which burns before the ice-cap reigns.

 That was a way of putting it—not very satisfactory:
A periphrastic study in a worn-out poetical fashion,
Leaving one sti...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...ther of my paramour
By a knight of thine, and I that heard her whine
And snivel, being eunuch-hearted too,
Sware by the scorpion-worm that twists in hell,
And stings itself to everlasting death,
To hang whatever knight of thine I fought
And tumbled. Art thou King?--Look to thy life!"

He ended: Arthur knew the voice; the face
Wellnigh was helmet-hidden, and the name
Went wandering somewhere darkling in his mind.
And Arthur deign'd not use of word or sword,
But let th...Read more of this...

by Smart, Christopher
...appearance of a Bee is neither a soldier nor an artist, neither a swordsman nor smith. 

Let Urijah bless with the Scorpion, which is a scourge against the murmurers -- the Lord keep it from our coasts. 

Let Anaiah bless with the Dragon-fly, who sails over the pond by the wood-side and feedeth on the cressies. 

Let Zorobabel bless with the Wasp, who is the Lord's architect, and buildeth his edifice in armour. 

Let Jehu bless with the Hornet, who is the sol...Read more of this...

by Smart, Christopher

Let Nebai rejoice with the Wild Cucumber. 

Let Magpiash rejoice with the Musk. 

Let Hezir rejoice with Scorpion Sena. 


For H is a spirit and therefore he is God. 

For I is person and therefore he is God. 

For K is king and therefore he is God. 

For L is love and therefore he is God. 

For M is musick and therefore he is God. 

For N is novelty and therefore he is God. 

For O is over and therefore he is God. 

For P is...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
The Eternal, to prevent such horrid fray, 
Hung forth in Heaven his golden scales, yet seen 
Betwixt Astrea and the Scorpion sign, 
Wherein all things created first he weighed, 
The pendulous round earth with balanced air 
In counterpoise, now ponders all events, 
Battles and realms: In these he put two weights, 
The sequel each of parting and of fight: 
The latter quick up flew, and kicked the beam, 
Which Gabriel spying, thus bespake the Fiend. 
Satan, I know thy st...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
To Paradise first tending; when, behold! 
Satan, in likeness of an Angel bright, 
Betwixt the Centaur and the Scorpion steering 
His zenith, while the sun in Aries rose: 
Disguised he came; but those his children dear 
Their parent soon discerned, though in disguise. 
He, after Eve seduced, unminded slunk 
Into the wood fast by; and, changing shape, 
To observe the sequel, saw his guileful act 
By Eve, though all unweeting, seconded 
Upon her husband; saw their ...Read more of this...

by Ammons, A R stuff), gooney bird ****, chigger ****, bull

**** (the classic), caribou ****, rasbora, python, and
razorbill ****, scorpion ****, man ****, laswing
fly larva ****, chipmunk ****, other-worldly wallaby

****, gopher **** (or broke), platypus ****, aardvark
****, spider ****, kangaroo and peccary ****, guanaco
****, dolphin ****, aphid ****, baboon **** (that leopards

induce), albatross ****, red-headed woodpecker (nine
inches long) ****, tern ****, hedgehog ****, panda s...Read more of this...

by Goldsmith, Oliver sing,
But silent bats in drowsy clusters cling;
Those poisonous fields with rank luxuriance crowned,
Where the dark scorpion gathers death around;
Where at each step the stranger fears to wake
The rattling terrors of the vengeful snake;
Where crouching tigers wait their hapless prey,
And savage men more murderous still than they;
While oft in whirls the mad tornado flies,
Mingling the ravaged landscape with the skies.
Far different these from every former scene,
The c...Read more of this...

by Byron, George (Lord)
...nd every woe a tear can claim
Except an erring sister’s shame.

The mind that broods o’er guilty woes,
Is like the scorpion girt by fire;
In circle narrowing as it glows,
The flames around their captive close,
Till inly searched by thousand throes,
And maddening in her ire,
One sad and sole relief she knows,
The sting she nourished for her foes,
Whose venom never yet was vain,
Gives but one pang, and cures all pain,
So do the dark in soul expire,
Or live like scorpion gi...Read more of this...

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...r of my paramour 
By a knight of thine, and I that heard her whine 
And snivel, being eunuch-hearted too, 
Sware by the scorpion-worm that twists in hell, 
And stings itself to everlasting death, 
To hang whatever knight of thine I fought 
And tumbled. Art thou King? --Look to thy life!' 

He ended: Arthur knew the voice; the face 
Wellnigh was helmet-hidden, and the name 
Went wandering somewhere darkling in his mind. 
And Arthur deigned not use of word or sword, 
Bu...Read more of this...

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...h that Lucan maketh such a boast,
Was royaller, or more curious,
Than was th' assembly of this blissful host
But O this scorpion, this wicked ghost,* *spirit
The Soudaness, for all her flattering
Cast* under this full mortally to sting. *contrived

The Soudan came himself soon after this,
So royally, that wonder is to tell,
And welcomed her with all joy and bliss.
And thus in mirth and joy I let them dwell.
The fruit of his matter is that I tell;
When the time cam...Read more of this...

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
I do no boast the harvesting of sheaves, 
O'er orchards and o'er vineyards I preside. 
Though on the frigid Scorpion I ride, 
The dreamy air is full, and overflows 
With tender memories of the summer-tide, 
And mingled voices of the doves and crows. 


The Centaur, Sagittarius, am I, 
Born of Ixion's and the cloud's embrace; 
With sounding hoofs across the earth I fly, 
A steed Thessalian with a human face. 
Sharp winds the arrows are with which I...Read more of this...

by Hikmet, Nazim
...You're like a scorpion, my brother,
you live in cowardly darkness
 like a scorpion.
You're like a sparrow, my brother,
always in a sparrow's flutter.
You're like a clam, my brother,
closed like a clam, content,
And you're frightening, my brother,
 like the mouth of an extinct volcano.

Not one,
 not five--
unfortunately, you number millions.
You're like a ...Read more of this...

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