Alan Seeger

(22 June 1888 - 4 July 1916 / New York City, New York)

Lyonesse - Poem by Alan Seeger

In Lyonesse was beauty enough, men say:
Long Summer loaded the orchards to excess,
And fertile lowlands lengthening far away,
In Lyonesse.


Came a term to that land's old favoredness:
Past the sea-walls, crumbled in thundering spray,
Rolled the green waves, ravening, merciless.


Through bearded boughs immobile in cool decay,
Where sea-bloom covers corroding palaces,
The mermaid glides with a curious glance to-day,
In Lyonesse.


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  • Susan Williams (12/7/2015 3:02:00 PM)


    I read that Lyonesse was a place in mythology that eventually sank below the city. I wonder why Alan Seeger wrote about it... was it because it was about death... death of a time... death of a land... death of a dream? Like war? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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