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Famous Sunstroke Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Walcott, Derek
...far from the threshing harvesters
folding wheat like a girl plaiting her hair,
far from Russia's canals quivering with sunstroke,
a man living with English in one room.

The tourist archipelagoes of my South
are prisons too, corruptible, and though
there is no harder prison than writing verse,
what's poetry, if it is worth its salt,
but a phrase men can pass from hand to mouth?

>From hand to mouth, across the centuries,
the bread that lasts when systems have decayed,
wh...Read More

by Rossetti, Christina
...on the rack, 
Hopes that were never ours yet seem’d to be, 
For which we steer’d on life’s salt stormy sea 
Braving the sunstroke and the frozen pack. 
If thus to look behind is all in vain, 
And all in vain to look to left or right, 
Why face we not our future once again, 
Launching with hardier hearts across the main, 
Straining dim eyes to catch the invisible sight, 
And strong to bear ourselves in patient pain? 

Star Sirius and the Pole Star dwell afar 
Beyond the...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
Were beautifully fused; and all went well
Till Archibald began to fret for Isaac 
And said it was a master day for sunstroke. 
That was enough to make a mummy smile, 
I thought; and I remained hilarious, 
In face of all precedence and respect,
Till Isaac (who had come to us unheard) 
Found he had no tobacco, looked at me 
Peculiarly, and asked of Archibald 
What ailed the boy to make him chirrup so. 
From that he told us what a blessed world
The Lord had given us...Read More

by Nicolson, Adela Florence Cory
...Softly the feathery Palm-trees fade in the violet Distance,
   Faintly the lingering light touches the edge of the sea,
   Sadly the Music of Waves, drifts, faint as an Anthem's insistence,
   Heard in the aisles of a dream, over the sandhills, to me.

   Now that the Lights are reversed, and the Singing changed into sighing,
   Now that the wings ...Read More

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