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Famous Shipping Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Bridges, Robert Seymour
...arrived am inhaling the odorous air: 
I watch thee enter unerringly where thou goest, 
And anchor queen of the strange shipping there, 
Thy sails for awnings spread, thy masts bare: 
Nor is aught from the foaming reef to the snow-capp'd grandest 
Peak, that is over the feathery palms, more fair 
Than thou, so upright, so stately and still thou standest. 

And yet, O splendid ship, unhail'd and nameless, 
I know not if, aiming a fancy, I rightly divine 
That thou hast a p...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...hoofs as sharp as knives—And I,
 at the
 hunters, corner’d and desperate; 
In the Mannahatta, streets, piers, shipping, store-houses, and the countless workmen
 working in
And I too of the Mannahatta, singing thereof—and no less in myself than the whole of
 Mannahatta in itself, 
Singing the song of These, my ever united lands—my body no more inevitably united,
 part to
 part, and made one identity, any more than my lands are inevitably united, and...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...e gates of the ferry, and cross from shore to shore; 
Others will watch the run of the flood-tide; 
Others will see the shipping of Manhattan north and west, and the heights of Brooklyn to
 and east;
Others will see the islands large and small; 
Fifty years hence, others will see them as they cross, the sun half an hour high; 
A hundred years hence, or ever so many hundred years hence, others will see them, 
Will enjoy the sunset, the pouring in of the flood-tide,...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...ry place was a burial-place; 
The houses full of life were equally full of death, (this house is now;)
The streets, the shipping, the places of amusement, the Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, the
 Mannahatta, were as full of the dead as of the living, 
And fuller, O vastly fuller, of the dead than of the living; 
—And what I dream’d I will henceforth tell to every person and age, 
And I stand henceforth bound to what I dream’d; 
And now I am willing to disregard burial-places, ...Read more of this...

by Brautigan, Richard

forward and float into my sperm, bending it in the middle.

His eyes were stiff like iron.




Trout Fishing in America Shorty appeared suddenly last

autumn in San Francisco, staggering around in a magnificent

chrome-plated steel wheelchair.

 He was a legless, screaming middle-aged wine.

 He descended upon North Beach like a chapter from the

Old Testament. He was the ...Read more of this...

by Brautigan, Richard
...acing the Sawtooth Mountains. Like astigmatism, I made

myself at home.





Well, well, Trout Fishing in America Shorty's back in town,

but I don't think it's going to be the same as it was before.

Those good old days are over because Trout Fishing in Am-

erica Shorty is famous. The movies have discovered him.

 Last week "The New Wave" took him out ...Read more of this...

by Masefield, John
...e seawards 
To the white dipping sails. 

One road leads to the river, 
And it goes singing slow; 
My road leads to shipping, 
Where the bronzed sailors go. 

Leads me, lures me, calls me 
To salt green tossing sea; 
A road without earth's road-dust 
Is the right road for me. 

A wet road heaving, shining, 
And wild with seagull's cries, 
A mad salt sea-wind blowing 
The salt spray in my eyes. 

My road calls me, lures me 
West, east, south, and north; 
Most r...Read more of this...

by Kipling, Rudyard
They clapped their trailers on us
 To spy the road we went.
They watched the foreign sailings
 (They scan the shipping still),
And that's your Christian people
 Returning good for ill!

God bless the thoughtfull islands
 Where never warrants come;
God bless the just Republics
 That give a man a home,
That ask no foolish questions,
 But set him on his feet;
And save his wife and daughters
 From the workhouse and the street!

On church and square and market
 The noond...Read more of this...

by Kipling, Rudyard
...And reports the derelict Mary Pollock still at sea.

 I was the staunchest of our fleet
 Till the sea rose beneath our feet
Unheralded, in hatred past all measure.
 Into his pits he stamped my crew,
 Buffeted, blinded, bound and threw,
Bidding me eyeless wait upon his pleasure.

 Man made me, and my will
 Is to my maker still,
Whom now the currents con, the rollers steer --
 Liftin...Read more of this...

by Kipling, Rudyard, the Bitter Seas, I come,
And me men call the Home-Wind, for I bring the English home.
Look -- look well to your shipping! By the breath of my mad typhoon
I swept your close-packed Praya and beached your best at Kowloon!

"The reeling junks behind me and the racing seas before,
I raped your richest roadstead -- I plundered Singapore!
I set my hand on the Hoogli; as a hooded snake she rose,
And I flung your stoutest steamers to roost with the startled crows.

"Never...Read more of this...

by Lawson, Henry
...ed with a wedding ring of steel." 

In the morning, from the marshes, rose the night-mist, cold and damp, 
From the shipping in the harbour and the sleeping royal camp; 
From the lanes and from the by-streets and the high streets of the town, 
And above the hills of Buckland, where the rebel guns looked down. 

And the first one sent a message to the camp to fight or yield, 
And the wintry sun looked redly on a bloody battlefield; 
Till the man from 'cross the border ...Read more of this...

by Kipling, Rudyard
...Away by the lands of the Japanee
 Where the paper lanterns glow
 And the crews of all the shipping drink
 In the house of Blood Street Joe,
 At twilight, when the landward breeze
 Brings up the harbour noise,
 And ebb of Yokohama Bay
 Swigs chattering through the buoys,
 In Cisco's Dewdrop Dining-Rooms
 They tell the tale anew
 Of a hidden sea and a hidden fight,
 When the Baltic ran from the Northern Light
 And the Stralsund fought the two.
...Read more of this...

by Kipling, Rudyard
...r free to choose,
 That didn't settle somewhere near the sea?

Myself, it don't excite me nor amuse
 To watch a pack o' shipping on the sea;
But I can understand my neighbour's views
 From certain things which have occured to me.

Men must keep touch with things they used to use
 To earn their living, even when they are free;
And so come back upon the least excuse --
 Same as the sailor settled near the sea.

He knows he's never going on no cruise --
 He knows he's do...Read more of this...

by Masefield, John
"Here comes the Wanderer!" the expected cry. 
Guessing the cause, our mockings joined with those 
Yelled from the shipping as they towed her by. 

She passed us close, her seamen paid no heed 
To what was called: they stood, a sullen group, 
Smoking and spitting, careless of her need, 
Mocking the orders given from the poop. 

Her mates and boys were working her; we stared. 
What was the reason of this strange return, 
This third annulling of the thing prepa...Read more of this...

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