Tartary Poem by Walter de la Mare


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If I were Lord of Tartary,
Myself, and me alone,
My bed should be of ivory,
Of beaten gold my throne;
And in my court should peacocks flaunt,
And in my forests tigers haunt,
And in my pools great fishes slant
Their fins athwart the sun.

If I were Lord of Tartary,
Trumpeters every day
To all my meals should summon me,
And in my courtyards bray;
And in the evening lamps should shine,
Yellow as honey, red as wine,
While harp, and flute, and mandoline
Made music sweet and gay.

If I were Lord of Tartary,
I'd wear a robe of beads,
White, and gold, and green they'd be --
And small and thick as seeds;
And ere should wane the morning star,
I'd don my robe and scimitar.
And zebras seven should draw my car
Through Tartary's dark gleades.

Lord of the fruits of Tartary.
Her rivers silver-pale!
Lord of the hills of Tartary.
Glen, thicket, wood, and dale!
Her flashing stars, her scented breeze,
Her trembling lakes, like foamless seas,
Her bird-delighting citron-trees,
In every purple vale!

Baria Shafiq 22 November 2009

Sir Walter de la mare had written this poem which trains us to think with imagination and creation just as he created the Land of Tartary. I am in class 6b in Beaconhouse School System and we had read this wonderful poem.

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Haroon Mustafa 17 March 2007

Walter de la Mare has written this poem to train young people to imagine in a better way.

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Arijah Batool 19 November 2009

Mr Walter de la Mare had written this poem to tell the children the real beauty of the world which is exactly Tartary and to imagine very pathetically everything.I m in class Vl in Beaconhouse School System and now a days in the school we are reading about it.

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Muhammad Abid 21 January 2018

walter de la mare wrote this story for us because imagine world is comming next after death we are all know that the westren poet recite quran pak for research and in holy quran they see the image of janat so walter de la mare is imagine of jaanat and then he wrote the story

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khushi kolhi 06 January 2018

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jhon 12 March 2022

tartary has a good poem

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Shiqran Sharfuddin 26 July 2018

This is one of my favorite poem. Lyricist Javed Akhtar has written a poetry, 'Aa Kahein door chale jaayen hum', which is quite near to this poem. Both the poems are magnum opus derived out of a poet's dream. Hats off to both!

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Honey 08 March 2018

Nice poem

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zehra 28 February 2018

This poem takes me to my own imaginary world from where I can never be able to get out.........

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Ayesha 05 February 2018

I like this poem

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