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Famous Shadowy Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Poe, Edgar Allan
...d of words: Quiet we call
"Silence"- which is the merest word of all.
All Nature speaks, and ev'n ideal things
Flap shadowy sounds from visionary wings-
But ah! not so when, thus, in realms on high
The eternal voice of God is passing by,
And the red winds are withering in the sky:-

"What tho 'in worlds which sightless cycles run,
Linked to a little system, and one sun-
Where all my love is folly and the crowd
Still think my terrors but the thunder cloud,
The storm, the e...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...For sleep, he knew, kept most relentlessly
Its precious charge, and silent death exposed,
Faithless perhaps as sleep, a shadowy lure,
With doubtful smile mocking its own strange charms.

Startled by his own thoughts, he looked around.
There was no fair fiend near him, not a sight
Or sound of awe but in his own deep mind.
A little shallop floating near the shore
Caught the impatient wandering of his gaze. 
It had been long abandoned, for its sides
Gaped wide wi...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...vengeance gleaming in them, 
And always that unconscionable sorrow 
That would not die behind it. Then I caught
The shadowy glimpse of an uplifted arm, 
And a moon-flash of metal. That was all.… 

“When I believed I was alive again 
I was with Asher and The Admiral, 
Whom Asher had brought with him for a day
With nature. They had found me when they came; 
And there was not much left of me to find. 
I had not moved or known that I was there 
Since I had see...Read More

by Browning, Robert are,
And filled my empty heart at a word.
If two lives join, there is oft a scar,
They are one and one, with a shadowy third;
One near one is too far.


A moment after, and hands unseen
Were hanging the night around us fast
But we knew that a bar was broken between
Life and life: we were mixed at last
In spite of the mortal screen.


The forests had done it; there they stood;
We caught for a moment the powers at play:
They had mingled u...Read More

by Keats, John
 Cold as my fears.

"Beneath my palm trees, by the river side,
I sat a weeping: what enamour'd bride,
Cheated by shadowy wooer from the clouds,
 But hides and shrouds
Beneath dark palm trees by a river side?

"And as I sat, over the light blue hills
There came a noise of revellers: the rills
Into the wide stream came of purple hue--
 'Twas Bacchus and his crew!
The earnest trumpet spake, and silver thrills
From kissing cymbals made a merry din--
 'Twas Bacchus and his ...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...encamped on its borders.
Now through rushing chutes, among green islands, where plumelike
Cotton-trees nodded their shadowy crests, they swept with the current,
Then emerged into broad lagoons, where silvery sand-bars
Lay in the stream, and along the wimpling waves of their margin,
Shining with snow-white plumes, large flocks of pelicans waded.
Level the landscape grew, and along the shores of the river,
Shaded by china-trees, in the midst of luxuriant gardens,
Stood ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...n—and they say 
 That seven souls were the first flames that day. 
 This banquet hall looks an abyss outlined 
 With shadowy vagueness, though indeed we find 
 In the far depth upon the table spread 
 A sudden, strong, and glaring light is shed, 
 Striking upon the goldsmith's burnished works, 
 And on the pheasants killed by traitor hawks. 
 Loaded the table is with viands cold, 
 Ewers and flagons, all enough of old 
 To make a love feast. All the napery 
 Was Fr...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...sure or the general care; 
He did not follow what they all pursued, 
With hope still baffled, still to be renew'd; 
Nor shadowy honour, nor substantial gain, 
Nor beauty's preference, and the rival's pain: 
Around him some mysterious circle thrown 
Repell'd approach, and showed him still alone; 
Upon his eye sate something of reproof, 
That kept at least frivolity aloof; 
And things more timid that beheld him near, 
In silence gazed, or whisper'd mutual fear; 
And they the wi...Read More

by Milton, John
...pair; and O!yet happiest, if ye seek 
No happier state, and know to know no more. 
Now had night measured with her shadowy cone 
Half way up hill this vast sublunar vault, 
And from their ivory port the Cherubim, 
Forth issuing at the accustomed hour, stood armed 
To their night watches in warlike parade; 
When Gabriel to his next in power thus spake. 
Uzziel, half these draw off, and coast the south 
With strictest watch; these other wheel the north; 
Our circuit me...Read More

by Milton, John
...hat now awake 
'Tunes sweetest his love-laboured song; now reigns 
'Full-orbed the moon, and with more pleasing light 
'Shadowy sets off the face of things; in vain, 
'If none regard; Heaven wakes with all his eyes, 
'Whom to behold but thee, Nature's desire? 
'In whose sight all things joy, with ravishment 
'Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze.' 
I rose as at thy call, but found thee not; 
To find thee I directed then my walk; 
And on, methought, alone I passed through...Read More

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...and the hour, and the secret dread 
Of the lonely belfry and the dead; 
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent 
On a shadowy something far away, 
Where the river widens to meet the bay, -- 
A line of black, that bends and floats 
On the rising tide, like a bridge of boats. 

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride, 
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride, 
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere. 
Now he patted his horse's side, 
Now gazed on the landscap...Read More

by Poe, Edgar Allan
...e, who loves to nod and sing
With drowsy head and folded wing
Among the green leaves as they shake
Far down within some shadowy lake,
To me a painted paroquet
Hath been—most familiar bird—
Taught me my alphabet to say,
To lisp my very earliest word
While in the wild wood I did lie,
A child—with a most knowing eye.

Of late, eternal condor years
So shake the very Heaven on high
With tumult as they thunder by,
I have no time for idle cares
Through gazing on the unquiet sky;...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...steel, and trying the edge with his thumb,
The one who clean-shapes the handle, and sets it firmly in the socket; 
The shadowy processions of the portraits of the past users also, 
The primal patient mechanics, the architects and engineers, 
The far-off Assyrian edifice and Mizra edifice, 
The Roman lictors preceding the consuls,
The antique European warrior with his axe in combat, 
The uplifted arm, the clatter of blows on the helmeted head, 
The death-howl, the limpsey tum...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...a—ended the quest of the Holy Graal; 
Jerusalem a handful of ashes blown by the wind—extinct;
The Crusaders’ streams of shadowy, midnight troops, sped with the sunrise; 
Amadis, Tancred, utterly gone—Charlemagne, Roland, Oliver gone, 
Palmerin, ogre, departed—vanish’d the turrets that Usk reflected, 
Arthur vanish’d with all his knights—Merlin and Lancelot and Galahad—all
 gone—dissolv’d utterly, like an exhalation; 
Pass’d! pass’d! for us, for ever pass’d! that once so might...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...s with checkered dances hover,
The flowery mead, the sunset's light,--
Thus gleams, life's barren pathway over,
Poesy's shadowy world so bright.
In bridal dress ye led us on
Before the terrible Unknown,
Before the inexorable fate,
As in your urns the bones are laid,
With beauteous magic veil ye shade
The chorus dread that cares create.
Thousands of years I hastened through
The boundless realm of vanished time
How sad it seems when left by you--
But where ye linger, ho...Read More

by Poe, Edgar Allan
Gleams up the pinnacles far and free-
Up domes- up spires- up kingly halls-
Up fanes- up Babylon-like walls-
Up shadowy long-forgotten bowers
Of sculptured ivy and stone flowers-
Up many and many a marvellous shrine
Whose wreathed friezes intertwine
The viol the violet and the vine.
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie.
So blend the turrets and shadows there
That all seem pendulous in air 
While from a proud tower in the town
Death lo...Read More

by Blake, William
...And in my burning bosom dwell? 
And canst Thou die that I may live? 
And canst Thou pity and forgive?’ 
Then roll’d the shadowy Man away 
From the limbs of Jesus, to make them His prey, 
An ever devouring appetite, 
Glittering with festering venoms bright; 
Crying ‘Crucify this cause of distress, 
Who don’t keep the secrets of holiness! 
The mental powers by diseases we bind; 
But He heals the deaf, the dumb, and the blind. 
Whom God has afflicted for secret ends, 
He com...Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...since June's messenger

The missel-thrush has frighted from the glade,
One pale narcissus loiters fearfully
Close to a shadowy nook, where half afraid
Of their own loveliness some violets lie
That will not look the gold sun in the face
For fear of too much splendour, - ah! methinks it is a place

Which should be trodden by Persephone
When wearied of the flowerless fields of Dis!
Or danced on by the lads of Arcady!
The hidden secret of eternal bliss
Known to the Grecian here ...Read More

by Carroll, Lewis!

"I engage with the Snark--every night after dark--
 In a dreamy delirious fight:
I serve it with greens in those shadowy scenes,
 And I use it for striking a light:

"But if ever I meet with a Boojum, that day,
 In a moment (of this I am sure),
I shall softly and suddenly vanish away--
 And the notion I cannot endure!"


Fit the fourth.


The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
 "If only you'd spoken be...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...ld,—and children know,
     Instinctive taught, the friend and foe,—
     I shuddered at his brow of gloom,
     His shadowy plaid and sable plume;
     A maiden grown, I ill could bear
     His haughty mien and lordly air:
     But, if thou join'st a suitor's claim,
     In serious mood, to Roderick's name.
     I thrill with anguish! or, if e'er
     A Douglas knew the word, with fear.
     To change such odious theme were best,—
     What think'st thou of our st...Read More

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