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Famous Scud Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
What ragings must his veins convulse,
 That still eternal gallop!
Wi’ wind and tide fair i’ your tail,
 Right on ye scud your sea-way;
But in the teeth o’ baith to sail,
 It maks a unco lee-way.

See Social Life and Glee sit down,
 All joyous and unthinking,
Till, quite transmugrified, they’re grown
 Debauchery and Drinking:
O would they stay to calculate
 Th’ eternal consequences;
Or your more dreaded hell to state,
 Damnation of expenses!

Ye high, exalted, virtuo...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...rred to fume, 
Shocking the cloudy surges, plashed from its impetuous ire, 
Even to the zenith spattereth in a flecking scud of fire 
The vaporous and inflamèd spaume. 

O contemplate the heavens! Whenas the vein-drawn day dies pale, 
In every season, every place, gaze through their every veil? 
With love that has not speech for need! 
Beneath their solemn beauty is a mystery infinite: 
If winter hue them like a pall, or if the summer night 
Fantasy them starre brede....Read More

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles
No race of wild things winged or finned
May match the might that wings thy wind
Through air and sea, through scud and spray.
Strong joy and thou were powers twin-born
Of tempest and the towering morn.

Crowned April, king whose kiss bade earth
Bring forth to time her lordliest birth
When Shakespeare from thy lips drew breath
And laughed to hold in one soft hand
A spell that bade the world's wheel stand,
And power on life, and power on death,
With quir...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...he'll stand!
 Well, ah fare you well, and it's Ushant slams the door on us,
 Whirling like a windmill through the dirty scud to lee:
 Till the last, last flicker goes
 From the tumbling water-rows,
 And we're off to Mother Carey
 (Walk her down to Mother Carey!),
 Oh, we're bound for Mother Carey where she feeds her chicks at sea!...Read More

by Browne, William
...all his line he freely yieldeth him,
Whilst furiously all up and down doth swim
Th' insnared fish, here on the top doth scud,
There underneath the banks, then in the mud,
And with his frantic fits so scares the shoal,
That each one takes his hide, or starting hole:
By this the pike, clean wearied, underneath
A willow lies, and pants (if fishes breathe)
Wherewith the angler gently pulls him to him,
And lest his haste might happen to undo him,
Lays down his rod, then takes his ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
 Where snow-clad Alps around are spread, 
 By furious gale 'tis thrown. 
 From the yawning abyss see the cloud scud away, 
 And the glacier appears, with its multiform ray, 
 The giant mountain's crown! 
 Like Parnassian pinnacle yet to be scaled, 
 In its form from afar, by the aspirant hailed; 
 On its side the rainbow plays, 
 And at eve, when the shadow sinks sleeping below, 
 The last slanting ray on its crest of snow 
 Makes its cap like a crater to ...Read More

by Keats, John
..., without any let,
To watch his slumber through. 'Tis well nigh pass'd,
Even to a moment's filling up, and fast
She scuds with summer breezes, to pant through
The first long kiss, warm firstling, to renew
Embower'd sports in Cytherea's isle.
Look! how those winged listeners all this while
Stand anxious: see! behold!"--This clamant word
Broke through the careful silence; for they heard
A rustling noise of leaves, and out there flutter'd
Pigeons and doves: Adonis someth...Read More

by Keats, John
...s face?
Have ye beheld his chariot, foam'd along
By noble winged creatures he hath made?
I saw him on the calmed waters scud,
With such a glow of beauty in his eyes,
That it enforc'd me to bid sad farewell
To all my empire: farewell sad I took,
And hither came, to see how dolorous fate
Had wrought upon ye; and how I might best
Give consolation in this woe extreme.
Receive the truth, and let it be your balm."

 Whether through pos'd conviction, or disdain,
They guarded...Read More

by Thomas, Dylan
...In the mustardseed sun,
By full tilt river and switchback sea
 Where the cormorants scud,
In his house on stilts high among beaks
 And palavers of birds
This sandgrain day in the bent bay's grave
 He celebrates and spurns
His driftwood thirty-fifth wind turned age;
 Herons spire and spear.

 Under and round him go
Flounders, gulls, on their cold, dying trails,
 Doing what they are told,
Curlews aloud in the congered waves
 Work at their...Read More

by Whitman, Walt’d leaves, with my dog and gun by my side. 

The Yankee clipper is under her sky-sails—she cuts the sparkle and scud; 
My eyes settle the land—I bend at her prow, or shout joyously from the

The boatmen and clam-diggers arose early and stopt for me; 
I tuck’d my trowser-ends in my boots, and went and had a good time:
(You should have been with us that day round the chowder-kettle.) 

I saw the marriage of the trapper in the open air in the far ...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...e wild bob-majors die.
 Could I wait for my turn in the godly choir:
(Shoal! 'Ware shoal!) Not I!

When the smoking scud is blown--
 When the greasy wind-rack lowers--
Apart and at peace and alone,
 He counts the changeless hours.
 He wars with darkling Powers
(I war with a darkling sea);
 Would he stoop to my work in the gusty mirk--
(Shoal! 'Ware shoal!) Not he!

There was never a priest to pray
 There was never a hand to toll,
When they made me guard of the bay
 An...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
..., locked lagoon.

"Strayed amid lonely islets, mazed amid outer keys,
I waked the palms to laughter -- I tossed the scud in the breeze --
Never was isle so little, never was sea so lone,
But over the scud and the palm-trees an English flag was flown.

"I have wrenched it free from the halliard to hang for a wisp on the Horn;
I have chased it north to the Lizard -- ribboned and rolled and torn;
I have spread its fold o'er the dying, adrift in a hopeless sea;
I have hur...Read More

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...eavy as it was, a great stone slipt and fell, 
Such as no wind could move: and through the gap 
Glimmered the streaming scud: then came a night 
Still as the day was loud; and through the gap 
The seven clear stars of Arthur's Table Round-- 
For, brother, so one night, because they roll 
Through such a round in heaven, we named the stars, 
Rejoicing in ourselves and in our King-- 
And these, like bright eyes of familiar friends, 
In on him shone: "And then to me, to me," 
Sai...Read More

by Riley, James Whitcomb
...l her blossoms blooming.

While birds in scattered flight are blown 
Aloft and lost in dusky mist, 
And truant boys scud home alone 
'Neath skies of gold and amethyst; 
While twilight falls, and Echo calls 
Across the haunted atmosphere, 
With low, sweet laughs at intervals,-- 
So reigns the rapture of the year.

The ho! and hey! and whop-hooray! 
Though winter clouds be looming, 
Remember a November day 
Is merrier than mildest May 
With all her blossoms blooming.Read More

by Herrick, Robert
...Begin to charm, and as thou strok'st mine ears
With thine enchantment, melt me into tears.
Then let thy active hand scud o'er thy lyre,
And make my spirits frantic with the fire;
That done, sink down into a silvery strain,
And make me smooth as balm and oil again....Read More

by Sassoon, Siegfried
...e rations up through ruts and mud
To trench-lines digged two hundred years ago.
Then darkness hid them with a rainy scud,
And soon he saw the village lights below.

But when he'd told his tale, an old man said
That he'd seen soldiers pass along that hill;
'Poor silent things, they were the English dead
Who came to fight in France and got their fill.'...Read More

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