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Famous Steamboats Poems by Famous Poets

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by Whitman, Walt
...rough Mannahatta’s streets I walking, these things gathering;
On interior rivers, by night, in the glare of pine knots, steamboats wooding up; 
Sunlight by day on the valley of the Susquehanna, and on the valleys of the Potomac and
 Rappahannock, and the valleys of the Roanoke and Delaware; 
In their northerly wilds, beasts of prey haunting the Adirondacks, the hills—or
 Saginaw waters to drink; 
In a lonesome inlet, a sheldrake, lost from the flock, sitting on ...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...current, I stood, yet was

Just as you look on the numberless masts of ships, and the thick-stem’d pipes of
 steamboats, I

I too many and many a time cross’d the river, the sun half an hour high; 
I watched the Twelfth-month sea-gulls—I saw them high in the air, floating with motionless
 oscillating their bodies, 
I saw how the glistening yellow lit up parts of their bodies, and left the rest in strong
I saw the slow-wheeling circles...Read more of this...

by Hughes, Langston
...labor came villages
And the towns that grew cities.
Labor! Out of labor came the rowboats
And the sailboats and the steamboats,
Came the wagons, and the coaches,
Covered wagons, stage coaches,
Out of labor came the factories,
Came the foundries, came the railroads.
Came the marts and markets, shops and stores,
Came the mighty products moulded, manufactured,
Sold in shops, piled in warehouses,
Shipped the wide world over:
Out of labor-white hands and black hands-
Came ...Read more of this...

by Sandburg, Carl
...f gold-and-blue and then go out.

Railroad trains at night spell with a smokestack mushrooming a white pillar.

Steamboats turn a curve in the Mississippi crying in a baritone that crosses lowland cottonfields to a razorback hill.
It is easy to spell good night.

 Many ways to spell good night....Read more of this...

by Sandburg, Carl
...ieces a one-hoss shay.

It is a fog night out and the umbrellas are up and the collars of the raincoats—and all the steamboats up and down the Baltic sea have their lights out and the wheelsmen sober.

Here the telegrams come—one king goes and another—butter is costly: there is no butter to buy for our bread in Stockholm—and a little patty of butter costs more than all the crowns of Germany.

Let us go out in the fog, John, let us roll up our raincoat collars and ...Read more of this...

by McGonagall, William Topaz
...ousetops they dry their clothes;
And, also, many people all night on the housetops repose. 

And numerous ships end steamboats are there to be seen,
Sailing along the East River water, which is very green--
Which is certainly a most beautiful sight
To see them sailing o'er the smooth water day and night. 

And as for Brooklyn Bridge, it's a very great height,
And fills the stranger's heart with wonder at first sight;
And with all its loftiness I venture to say
It cann...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...itol of the nation of States, 
Long stately rows in avenues, hospitals for orphans, or for the poor or sick, 
Manhattan steamboats and clippers, taking the measure of all seas. 

The shapes arise!
Shapes of the using of axes anyhow, and the users, and all that neighbors them, 
Cutters down of wood, and haulers of it to the Penobscot or Kennebec, 
Dwellers in cabins among the California mountains, or by the little lakes, or on the

Dwellers south on the banks of...Read more of this...

by Whitman, Walt
...Formless and wordless through the streets of the cities, polite and bland in the parlors,
In the cars of rail-roads, in steamboats, in the public assembly, 
Home to the houses of men and women, at the table, in the bed-room, everywhere, 
Smartly attired, countenance smiling, form upright, death under the breast-bones, hell
Under the broadcloth and gloves, under the ribbons and artificial flowers, 
Keeping fair with the customs, speaking not a syllab...Read more of this...

by Sandburg, Carl
...eep of Alexander Hamilton.
… easy is the sleep of Robert Fulton.
… easy are the great governments and the great steamboats....Read more of this...

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