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Famous Sunfish Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Riley, James Whitcomb
...wary bream -- 
A black perch reaches the extreme 
Of my desires; and "goggle-eyes" 
Are not a thing that I despise; 
A sunfish, or a "chub," or a "cat"-- 
A "silver-side"-- yea, even that!

In eloquent tranquility 
The waters lisp and talk to me. 
Sometimes, far out, the surface breaks, 
As some proud bass an instant shakes 
His glittering armor in the sun, 
And romping ripples, one by one, 
Come dallyiong across the space 
Where undulates my smiling face.

The river...Read More

by Kipling, Rudyard
...he dying, adrift in a hopeless sea;
I have hurled it swift on the slaver, and seen the slave set free.

"My basking sunfish know it, and wheeling albatross,
Where the lone wave fills with fire beneath the Southern Cross.
What is the Flag of England? Ye have but my reefs to dare,
Ye have but my seas to furrow. Go forth, for it is there!"

The East Wind roared: -- "From the Kuriles, the Bitter Seas, I come,
And me men call the Home-Wind, for I bring the English home...Read More

by Hugo, Richard
...sudden thrust of bass.

Surface calm and calm act mask the detonating fear,
the moving crayfish claw, the stare
of sunfish hovering above the cloud-stained sand,
a sucker nudging cans, the grinning maskinonge.

How do carp resolve the eel and terror here?
They face so many times this brown-ribbed fall of leaves
predicting weather foreign as a shark or prawn
and floating still above them in the paling sun....Read More

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