Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

Herman Melville Poems

81. The New Zealot To The Sun 4/19/2010
82. The Night March 4/19/2010
83. The Portent 1/3/2003
84. The Ravaged Villa 4/19/2010
85. The Released Rebel Prisoner 4/19/2010
86. The Scout Toward Aldie 4/19/2010
87. The Stone Fleet 4/19/2010
88. The Swamp Angel 4/19/2010
89. The Temeraire 4/19/2010
90. The Tuft Of Kelp 4/19/2010
91. The Victor Of Antietam 4/19/2010
92. To Ned 4/19/2010
93. To The Master Of The _Meteor_ 4/19/2010
94. Tom Deadlight 4/19/2010
95. We Fish 4/19/2010
Best Poem of Herman Melville

Misgivings

When ocean-clouds over inland hills
Sweep storming in late autumn brown,
And horror the sodden valley fills,
And the spire falls crashing in the town,
I muse upon my country's ills--
The tempest burning from the waste of Time
On the world's fairest hope linked with man's foulest crime.

Nature's dark side is heeded now--
(Ah! optimist-cheer dishartened flown)--
A child may read the moody brow
Of yon black mountain lone.
With shouts the torrents down the gorges go,
And storms are formed behind the storms we feel:
The hemlock shakes in the ...

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Shiloh - A Requiem

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,
The swallows fly low
Over the field in clouded days,
The forest-field of Shiloh --
Over the field where April rain
Solaced the parched one stretched in pain
Through the pause of night
That followed the Sunday fight
Around the church of Shiloh--

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