ADVENTURE POEMS

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Life Is Best

Let me but live my life from year to year
With forward face and unreluctant soul;
Not hurrying to, nor turning from the goal;
Not mourning for the things that disappear
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Ankit V Pandey

Ankit V Pandey
Langueur [english]

I am the Empire in the last of its decline,
That sees the tall, fair-haired Barbarians pass,-the while
Composing indolent acrostics, in a style
Of gold, with languid sunshine dancing in each line.
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Paul Verlaine

Paul Verlaine
Work

When twenty-one I loved to dream,
And was to loafing well inclined;
Somehow I couldn't get up steam
To welcome work of any kind.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Adventure

Out of the wood my White Knight came:
His eyes were bright with a bitter flame,
As I clung to his stirrup leather;
For I was only a dreaming lad,
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Romance

In Paris on a morn of May
I sent a radio transalantic
To catch a steamer on the way,
But oh the postal fuss was frantic;
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Directive

Back out of all this now too much for us,
Back in a time made simple by the loss
Of detail, burned, dissolved, and broken off
Like graveyard marble sculpture in the weather,
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Robert Frost

Robert Frost
The Flower And The Leaf: Or, The Lady In The Arbour.[1]

A VISION.


Now turning from the wintry signs, the sun,
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John Dryden

John Dryden
Jobson Of The Star

Within a pub that's off the Strand and handy to the bar,
With pipe in mouth and mug in hand sat Jobson of the Star.
“Come, sit ye down, ye wond'ring wight, and have a yarn,” says he.
“I can't,” says I, “because to-night I'm off to Tripoli;
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Robert Service

Robert Service
A Rolling Stone

There's sunshine in the heart of me,
My blood sings in the breeze;
The mountains are a part of me,
I'm fellow to the trees.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba

WHAT various ways in which a thing is told
Some truth abuse, while others fiction hold;
In stories we invention may admit;
But diff'rent 'tis with what historick writ;
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Jean De La Fontaine
Our Dreams

Spare us our Dreams, O God! The dream we dreamed
When we were children and dwelt near the Land
Of Faery, which our Childhood often planned
To reach, beholding where its towers gleamed:
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Madison Julius Cawein

Madison Julius Cawein
Tall Ambrosia

Among the signs of autumn I perceive
The Roman wormwood (called by learned men
Ambrosia elatior, food for gods,-
For to impartial science the humblest weed
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Henry David Thoreau
Rocky Acres

This is a wild land, country of my choice,
With harsh craggy mountain, moor ample and bare.
Seldom in these acres is heard any voice
But voice of cold water that runs here and there
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Robert Graves

Robert Graves
Adventure

Crossing swollen streams & rivers,
Climbing glacier mountains and passes,
Crawl over the cliffs & slope,
Sleeping under the trees and caves,
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Norbu Dorji

Norbu Dorji
Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (part I)

"Vocat aestus in umbram"
Nemesianus Es. IV.

E. P. Ode pour l'élection de son sépulchre
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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound
The Sinner And The Spider

Sinner.

What black, what ugly crawling thing art thou?

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John Bunyan

John Bunyan
The Trail Of No Return

So now I take a bitter road
Whereon no bourne I see,
And wearily I lift the load
That once I bore with glee.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Vignettes 26: Elegy On Edward Betham, Lost In The Duchess Of Gordon East Indiaman, Off The Cape Of G

Lovely as are the wide and sudden calms
Upon a lake, when all the waters rise,
To smooth each undulation, and present
A plain of molten silver-is the hope,
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Matilda Betham

Matilda Betham
Pan And Luna

Si credere dignum est.--Virgil, Georgics, III, 390


Oh, worthy of belief I hold it was,
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
The Tourist

Lo! carpet-bag and bagger occupy the land,
And prove the touring season actively begun;
His personnel and purpose can none misunderstand,
For each upon his frontlet bears his honest brand-
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Hattie Howard
Pretty Halcyon Days

How pleasant to sit on the beach,
On the beach, on the sand, in the sun,
With ocean galore within reach,
And nothing at all to be done!
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Ogden Nash
The Consolations Of Memory

Circa 1904 -- Done out of Boethius by Geoffrey Chaucer


Blessed was our first age and morning-time. Then were no
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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
Life

Let me but live my life from year to year,
With forward face and unreluctant soul;
Not hurrying to, nor turning from the goal;
Not mourning for the things that disappear
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Henry Van Dyke
English Bards And Scotch Reviewers (excerpt)

Time was, ere yet in these degenerate days
Ignoble themes obtain'd mistaken praise,
When sense and wit with poesy allied,
No fabl'd graces, flourish'd side by side;
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George Gordon Byron
Hudibras: Part 1 - Canto I

THE ARGUMENT

Sir Hudibras his passing worth,
The manner how he sallied forth;
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Samuel Butler
Lament For Ignacio Sà¡nchez Mejà­as

1. Cogida and death

At five in the afternoon.
It was exactly five in the afternoon.
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Federico Garcà­a Lorca
E.p. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre

For three years, out of key with his time,
He strove to resuscitate the dead art
Of poetry; to maintain "the sublime"
In the old sense. Wrong from the start--
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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound
The Mother Faith

Little mother, life's adventure calls your boy away,
Yet he will return to you on some brighter day;
Dry your tears and cease to sigh, keep your mother smile,
Brave and strong he will come back in a little while.
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Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest
The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde

The Bell in the convent tower swung.
High overhead the great sun hung,
A navel for the curving sky.
The air was a blue clarity.
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
Adventure Of A Poet

As I was walking down the street
A week ago,
Near Henderson's I chanced to meet
A man I know.
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Robert Fuller Murray
Go Greyhound

A few hours after Des Moines
the toilet overflowed.
This wasn't the adventure it sounds.

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Bob Hicok
The First Kiss

On Helenâ??s heart the day were night!
But I may not adventure there:
Here breast is guarded by a right,
And she is true as fair.
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Norman Rowland Gale
South Wind

Where have you been, South Wind, this May-day morning,-
With larks aloft, or skimming with the swallow,
Or with blackbirds in a green, sun-glinted thicket?

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Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon
The Great Adventure Of Max Breuck: 01

A yellow band of light upon the street
Pours from an open door, and makes a wide
Pathway of bright gold across a sheet
Of calm and liquid moonshine. From inside
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
Wandering Willie

All joy was bereft me the day that you left me,
And climb'd the tall vessel to sail yon wide sea;
O weary betide it! I wander'd beside it,
And bann'd it for parting my Willie and me.
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Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott
Pleasure's Signs

There's a bump on his brow and a smear on his cheek
That is plainly the stain of his tears;
At his neck there's a glorious sun-painted streak,
The bronze of his happiest years.
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Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest
The Wood

BUT two miles more, and then we rest !
Well, there is still an hour of day,
And long the brightness of the West
Will light us on our devious way;
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Charlotte Brontë
Aylmer's Field

Dust are our frames; and gilded dust, our pride
Looks only for a moment whole and sound;
Like that long-buried body of the king,
Found lying with his urns and ornaments,
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Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Great Adventure Of Max Breuck: 62

Softly he knocked against the casement, wide
It flew, and a cracked voice his business there
Demanded. The door opened, and inside
Max stepped. He saw a candle held in air
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
The House Of Dust: Part 02: 04: Nightmare

‘Draw three cards, and I will tell your future . . .
Draw three cards, and lay them down,
Rest your palms upon them, stare at the crystal,
And think of time . . . My father was a clown,
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Conrad Aiken

Conrad Aiken
The Great Adventure Of Max Breuck: 29

Against the high, encircling walls were grapes,
Nailed close to feel the baking of the sun
From glowing bricks. Their microscopic shapes
Half hidden by serrated leaves. And one
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
The Great Adventure Of Max Breuck: 54

“It is a lie, a damned, infernal lie!”
Max Breuck was maddened now. “Another jest
Of your befuddled wits. I know not why
I am to be your butt. At my request
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
The Great Adventure Of Max Breuck: 13

Such light and foamy silks, like crinkled cream,
And indigo more blue than sun-whipped seas,
Spices and fragrant trees, a massive beam
Of sandalwood, and pungent China teas,
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
Oh, It Is Good

Oh, it is good to drink and sup,
And then beside the kindly fire
To smoke and heap the faggots up,
And rest and dream to heart's desire.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
The Great Adventure Of Max Breuck: 45

But at the gate once more she held him close
And quenched her heart again upon his lips.
“My Sweetheart, why this terror? I propose
But to be gone one hour! Evening slips
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
The Information Superhighway

is a sewer pipe from America

it's staying home forever
and falling in love with a computer.
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S. K. Kelen
The Great Adventure Of Max Breuck: 37

Two years had made Christine a woman grown,
With dignity and gently certain pride.
But all her childhood fancies had not flown,
Her thoughts in lovely dreamings seemed to glide.
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
The Great Adventure Of Max Breuck: 05

Max Breuck unclasped his broadcloth cloak, and sat.
“Well thought of, Franz; here's luck to Mynheer Jan.”
The host set down a jar; then to a vat
Lost in the distance of his cellar, ran.
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
Once Pope Under Jevais Resolvd To Adventure

Once Pope under Jevais resolvd to adventure
& from a Good Poet Pope turnd an ill painter
So from a Good Painter Charles Jervais we hope
May turn an ill Poet by living with Pope
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Thomas Parnell

Thomas Parnell
The Great Adventure Of Max Breuck: 21

'Twas noon in Amsterdam, the day was clear,
And sunshine tipped the pointed roofs with gold.
The brown canals ran liquid bronze, for here
The sun sank deep into the waters cold.
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell