James Henry Leigh Hunt

(19 October 1784 – 28 August 1859 / Southgate, London)

A Fish Answers - Poem by James Henry Leigh Hunt

Amazing monster! that, for aught I know,
With the first sight of thee didst make our race
For ever stare! O flat and shocking face,
Grimly divided from the breast below!
Thou that on dry land horribly dost go
With a split body and most ridiculous pace,
Prong after prong, disgracer of all grace,
Long-useless-finned, haired, upright, unwet, slow!

O breather of unbreathable, sword-sharp air,
How canst exist? How bear thyself, thou dry
And dreary sloth? WHat particle canst share
Of the only blessed life, the watery?
I sometimes see of ye an actual pair
Go by! linked fin by fin! most odiously.


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  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (5/17/2014 2:56:00 PM)

    James henry A beautifully written poem. Keep it up (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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