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Famous Sink Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Yeats, William Butler
Until it plunge into the sun;
And there, free and yet fast,
Being both Chance and Choice,
Forget its broken toys
And sink into its own delight at last.

And I call up MacGregor from the grave,
For in my first hard springtime we were friends.
Although of late estranged.
I thought him half a lunatic, half knave,
And told him so, but friendship never ends;
And what if mind seem changed,
And it seem changed with the mind,
When thoughts rise up unbid
On generous thi...Read More

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...hou, for I ne dare Him not see;
So have I done in earth, alas the while!
That, certes, but if thou my succour be,
To sink etern He will my ghost exile.


He vouchesaf'd, tell Him, as was His will,
Become a man, *as for our alliance,*               *to ally us with god*
And with His blood He wrote that blissful bill
Upon the cross, as general acquittance
To ev'ry penitent in full creance;*                              *belie...Read More

by Browning, Robert
...own small life complete,
As nature obtained her best of me---
One born to love you, sweet!


And to watch you sink by the fire-side now
Back again, as you mutely sit
Musing by fire-light, that great brow
And the spirit-small hand propping it,
Yonder, my heart knows how!


So, earth has gained by one man the more,
And the gain of earth must be heaven's gain too;
And the whole is well worth thinking o'er
When autumn comes: which I mean to do
One day, as I sa...Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...their sight
The frightened red men yield the untried field by flight.

Yet when these conquering heroes sink to rest, 
Dissatisfaction gnaws the leader's breast, 
For far away across vast seas of snows
Held prisoners still by hostile Arapahoes
And Cheyennes unsubdued, two captives wait.
On God and Custer hangs their future fate.
May the Great Spirit nerve the mortal's arm
To rescue suffering souls from worse than death's alarm.

But e...Read More

by Keats, John
...slumbering towards heaven's gate,
That he might at the threshold one hour wait
To hear the marriage melodies, and then
Sink downward to his dusky cave again.
His litter of smooth semilucent mist,
Diversely ting'd with rose and amethyst,
Puzzled those eyes that for the centre sought;
And scarcely for one moment could be caught
His sluggish form reposing motionless.
Those two on winged steeds, with all the stress
Of vision search'd for him, as one would look
Athwart th...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...might have said it was a mouth of hell, 
 So large the trap that by some sudden blow 
 A man might backward fall and sink below. 
 Who looked could see a harrow's threatening teeth, 
 But lost in night was everything beneath. 
 Partitions blood-stained have a reddened smear, 
 And Terror unrelieved is master here. 
 One feels the place has secret histories 
 Replete with dreadful murderous mysteries, 
 And that this sepulchre, forgot to-day, 
 Is home of trailing g...Read More

by Frost, Robert
...SHE stood against the kitchen sink, and looked
Over the sink out through a dusty window
At weeds the water from the sink made tall.
She wore her cape; her hat was in her hand.
Behind her was confusion in the room,
Of chairs turned upside down to sit like people
In other chairs, and something, come to look,
For every room a house has—parlor, bed-room,
And dining-room—thrown pell-m...Read More

by Alighieri, Dante
...roud adultery 
 Of him thou callest as thy prince." 

 As sails, wind-rounded, when the mast gives way, 
 Sink tangled to the deck, deflated so 
 Collapsed that bulk that heard him, shrunk and flat; 
 And we went downward till before us lay 
 The fourth sad circle. Ah! what woes contain, 
 Justice of God! what woes those narrowing deeps 
 Contain; for all the universe down-heaps 
 In this pressed space its continent of pain, 
 So voiding all that mars its pe...Read More

by Marvell, Andrew
...onck and Parliament, yet both do hate. 
All causes sure concur, but most they think 
Under Herc?lean labours he may sink. 
Soon then the independent troops would close, 
And Hyde's last project would his place dispose. 

Ruyter the while, that had our ocean curbed, 
Sailed now among our rivers undistrubed, 
Surveyed their crystal streams and banks so green 
And beauties ere this never naked seen. 
Through the vain sedge, the bashful nymphs he eyed: 
Bosoms, an...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...and women that while they are nigh me, the sun-light expands my blood? 
Why, when they leave me, do my pennants of joy sink flat and lank? 
Why are there trees I never walk under, but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?
(I think they hang there winter and summer on those trees, and always drop fruit as I
What is it I interchange so suddenly with strangers? 
What with some driver, as I ride on the seat by his side? 
What with some fisherman, drawing his sei...Read More

by Stevens, Wallace
And, in the isolation of the sky,
At evening, casual flocks of pigeons make
Abiguous undulations as they sink,
Downward to darkness, on extended wings....Read More

by Chesterton, G K
In the green crypt of the combe.

And in many a Roman villa
Earth and her ivies eat,
Saw coloured pavements sink and fade
In flowers, and the windy colonnade
Like the spectre of a street.

But the cold stars clustered
Among the cold pines
Ere he was half on his pilgrimage
Over the western lines.

And the white dawn widened
Ere he came to the last pine,
Where Mark, the man from Italy,
Still made the Christian sign.

The long farm lay on the large hill-s...Read More

by Goldsmith, Oliver
...tened in a row.

Vain transitory splendours! Could not all
Reprieve the tottering mansion from its fall!
Obscure it sinks, nor shall it more impart
An hour's importance to the poor man's heart;
Thither no more the peasant shall repair
To sweet oblivion of his daily care;
No more the farmer's news, the barber's tale,
No more the woodman's ballad shall prevail;
No more the smith his dusky brow shall clear,
Relax his ponderous strength, and lean to hear;
The host himself no ...Read More

by Eluard, Paul
...t their hands, the dead 
Look at their liquid eyes 

This is the toilet of transience 
The final toilet of life 
Stones sink and disappear 
In the vast, primal waters 
The final toilet of time 

Hardly a memory remains 
the dried-up well of virtue 
In the long, oppressive absences 
One surrenders to tender flesh 
Under the spell of weakness 

III. As deep as the silence 

As deep as the silence 
Of a corpse under ground 
With nothing but darkness in mind 

As dull and dea...Read More

by Scott, Sir Walter
...n dreams the image rose
     Of varied perils, pains, and woes:
      His steed now flounders in the brake,
     Now sinks his barge upon the lake;
     Now leader of a broken host,
     His standard falls, his honor's lost.
     Then,—from my couch may heavenly might
     Chase that worst phantom of the night!—
     Again returned the scenes of youth,
     Of confident, undoubting truth;
     Again his soul he interchanged
     With friends whose hearts were long ...Read More

by Tebb, Barry
...before our eyes, dust rising to powder the wings

Of passing butterflies. We watched the white-glazed inner walls

Sink in shame to shattered heaps of stone and shards of nothingness.

I never thought it would be the experience it was-

How could anything be more banal than a visit to Oakes?

Twenty two Georgian semis from the sixties, brass coach-lamps

By glass front doors, irreproachable gardens,

The estate lodge’s great oak doors opening to vistas

Of street o...Read More

by Herbert, George

They bow their knees to me, and cry, 'Hail king': 
What ever scoffs or scornfulness can bring, 
I am the floor, the sink, where they it fling: 
Was ever grief like mine? 

Yet since man's sceptres are as frail as reeds, 
And thorny all their crowns, bloody their weeds; 
I, who am Truth, turn into truth their deeds: 
Was ever grief like mine? 

The soldiers also spit upon that face, 
Which Angels did desire to have the grace, 
And Prophets once to see, but found no place: ...Read More

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...hough ghastly shadows interpose
Round them & round each other, and fulfill
Their work and to the dust whence they arose
Sink & corruption veils them as they lie
And frost in these performs what fire in those.
Struck to the heart by this sad pageantry,
Half to myself I said, "And what is this?
Whose shape is that within the car? & why"-
I would have added--"is all here amiss?"
But a voice answered . . "Life" . . . I turned & knew
(O Heaven have mercy on...Read More

by Eliot, T S (Thomas Stearns)
..., good night, good night.
 The river's tent is broken: the last fingers of leaf
Clutch and sink into the wet bank. The wind
Crosses the brown land, unheard. The nymphs are departed.
Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song.
The river bears no empty bottles, sandwich papers,
Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends
Or other testimony of summer nights. The nymphs are departed.
And their friends, the loitering h...Read More

by Miller, Alice Duer
...of those English faces 
That always were and will always be 
Found in the cream of English places 
Till England herself sink into the sea— 
A blond, bowed face with prominent eyes 
A little bit bluer than English skies. 
You see it in ruffs and suits of armour, 
You see it in wigs of many styles, 
Soldier and sailor, judge and farmer— 
That face has governed the British Isles, 
By the power, for good or ill bestowed, 
Only on those who live by code. 

Oh, that inflexi...Read More

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