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Famous Sheiks Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Whitman, Walt
...neveh! you ascending Mount Ararat! 
You foot-worn pilgrim welcoming the far-away sparkle of the minarets of Mecca! 
You sheiks along the stretch from Suez to Bab-el-mandeb, ruling your families and tribes!

You olive-grower tending your fruit on fields of Nazareth, Damascus, or Lake Tiberias!
You Thibet trader on the wide inland, or bargaining in the shops of Lassa! 
You Japanese man or woman! you liver in Madagascar, Ceylon, Sumatra, Borneo! 
All you continentals of Asia, Af...Read More

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...perately and overturned their foes at every point,
And put the rebels to flight by shot and bayonet conjoint. 

The Sheiks and the Horse Guards behaved right well--
Because beneath their swords, by the score, the Sepoys fell;
And their beautiful war steeds did loudly neigh and roar,
While beneath their hoofs they trampled them all o'er. 

And as for John McLeod-- the pipe-major of the 93rd,
He kept sounding his bagpipes and couldn't be stirred--
Because he remembered ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...Whilst hid 'mong rocks, the grisly wolf its victim champs. 
 Mysore's as well as Agra's rajah is his kin; 
 The great sheiks of the arid sands confess him lord; 
 Omar, who vaunting cried: "Through me doth Allah win!" 
 Was of his blood—a dreaded line of fire and sword. 
 The waters of Nagain, sands of Sahara warm, 
 The Atlas and the Caucasus, snow-capped and lone, 
 Mecca, Marcatta, these were massed in part to form 
 A portion of the giant shadow of Zim's throne. 
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