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Famous Sultana Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Burns, Robert
Gie me, within my straining grasp,
 The melting form of Anna:

There I’ll despise Imperial charms,
 An Empress or Sultana,
While dying raptures in her arms
 I give and take wi’ Anna!

Awa, thou flaunting God of Day!
 Awa, thou pale Diana!
Ilk Star, gae hide thy twinkling ray,
 When I’m to meet my Anna!

Come, in thy raven plumage, Night,
 (Sun, Moon, and Stars, withdrawn a’;)
And bring an angel-pen to write
 My transports with my Anna!

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by Service, Robert William
...ed so bravely on
Until it mounted heaven-high;
Then earthward it serenely shone,
A silver sovereign of the sky,
A bland sultana of the night,
Surveying realms of lily light....Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...hone the merry moonbeams dancing o'er the wave; 
 At the cool casement, to the evening breeze flung wide, 
 Leans the Sultana, and delights to watch the tide, 
 With surge of silvery sheen, yon sleeping islets lave. 
 From her hand, as it falls, vibrates the light guitar. 
 She listens—hark! that sound that echoes dull and low. 
 Is it the beat upon the Archipelago 
 Of some long galley's oar, from Scio bound afar? 
 Is it the cormorants, whose black wings, one ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
 ("N'ai-je pas pour toi, belle juive.") 
 {XII., Oct. 27, 1828.} 

 To please you, Jewess, jewel! 
 I have thinned my harem out! 
 Must every flirting of your fan 
 Presage a dying shout? 
 Grace for the damsels tender 
 Who have fear to hear your laugh, 
 For seldom gladness gilds your lips 
 But blood you mean to quaff. 
 In...Read More

by Byron, George (Lord)
...the trees,
How welcome is each gentle air
That waves and wafts the odours there!
For there the Rose, o'er crag or vale,
Sultana of the Nightingale,

The maid for whom his melody,
His thousand songs are heard on high,
Blooms blushing to her lover's tale:
His queen, the garden queen, his Rose,
Unbent by winds, unchilled by snows,
Far from winters of the west,
By every breeze and season blest,
Returns the sweets by Nature given
In soft incense back to Heaven;
And gratefu yields ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor
...the hammock floats and swings 
 Smiles and sings, 
 To herself, so sweet and low. 
 "Oh, were I a capitana, 
 Or sultana, 
 Amber should be always mixt 
 In my bath of jewelled stone, 
 Near my throne, 
 Griffins twain of gold betwixt. 
 "Then my hammock should be silk, 
 White as milk; 
 And, more soft than down of dove, 
 Velvet cushions where I sit 
 Should emit 
 Perfumes that inspire love. 
 "Then should I, no danger near, 
 Free from fear, 
 Re...Read More

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