Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Which is the most famous elephant in literature?

Do you know other famous elephants?

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The Elephant is Slow to Mate by D.H. Lawrence
The elephant, the huge old beast,
     is slow to mate;
he finds a female, they show no haste
     they wait

for the sympathy in their vast shy hearts
     slowly, slowly to rouse
as they loiter along the river-beds
     and drink and browse

and dash in panic through the brake
     of forest with the herd,
and sleep in massive silence, and wake
     together, without a word.

So slowly the great hot elephant hearts
     grow full of desire,
and the great beasts mate in secret at last,
     hiding their fire.

Oldest they are and the wisest of beasts
     so they know at last
how to wait for the loneliest of feasts
     for the full repast.

They do not snatch, they do not tear;
     their massive blood
moves as the moon-tides, near, more near
     till they touch in flood.
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Little Prince
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"Shooting an Elephant"
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"The Blind Men and the Elephant"
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"Hills Like White Elephants"
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"The Elephant's Child"
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Babar the Elephant
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Elephant Haunts
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Castor and Pollux
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2 comments:

  1. Mongolian poet Bavuudorj's poem " A Very Big White Elephant"

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  2. not famous but..
    http://judithhuang.com/words/in-remembrance/

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