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Famous Shoaling Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Heaney, Seamus
... 'Puzzle me
The right answer to that one.'

III

I missed his funeral,
Those quiet walkers
And sideways talkers
Shoaling out of his lane
To the respectable
Purring of the hearse...
They move in equal pace
With the habitual
Slow consolation
Of a dawdling engine,
The line lifted, hand
Over fist, cold sunshine
On the water, the land
Banked under fog: that morning
I was taken in his boat,
The screw purling, turning
Indolent fathoms white,
I tasted freedom with...Read more of this...



by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
...in this: obey.' 

He spoke, and one among his gentlewomen 
Displayed a splendid silk of foreign loom, 
Where like a shoaling sea the lovely blue 
Played into green, and thicker down the front 
With jewels than the sward with drops of dew, 
When all night long a cloud clings to the hill, 
And with the dawn ascending lets the day 
Strike where it clung: so thickly shone the gems. 

But Enid answered, harder to be moved 
Than hardest tyrants in their day of power, 
With ...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
...the waters, what they met 
Solid or slimy, as in raging sea 
Tost up and down, together crouded drove, 
From each side shoaling towards the mouth of Hell; 
As when two polar winds, blowing adverse 
Upon the Cronian sea, together drive 
Mountains of ice, that stop the imagined way 
Beyond Petsora eastward, to the rich 
Cathaian coast. The aggregated soil 
Death with his mace petrifick, cold and dry, 
As with a trident, smote; and fixed as firm 
As Delos, floating once; th...Read more of this...

by Twain, Mark
...ut on the hind mule's tail!"
"Ho! lighten ship! ho! man the pump!
Ho, hostler, heave the lead!

"A quarter-three!--'tis shoaling fast!
Three feet large!--t-h-r-e-e feet!--
Three feet scant!" I cried in fright
"Oh, is there no retreat?"

Said Dollinger, the pilot man,
As on the vessel flew,
"Fear not, but trust in Dollinger,
And he will fetch you through."

A panic struck the bravest hearts,
The boldest cheek turned pale;
For plain to all, this shoaling said
A leak had bur...Read more of this...

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