Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Sonnet- Silence


There are some qualities- some incorporate things,
That have a double life, which thus is made
A type of that twin entity which springs
From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.
There is a two-fold Silence- sea and shore-
Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places,
Newly with grass o'ergrown; some solemn graces,
Some human memories and tearful lore,
Render him terrorless: his name's "No More."
He is the corporate Silence: dread him not!
No power hath he of evil in himself;
But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!)
Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf,
That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod
No foot of man,) commend thyself to God!

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Julia Golis (1/25/2010 6:01:00 PM)

    One of the best poems ever written! I'd have it projected on to a big screen for it to be in front of me every day of my life....... One dwells in lonely places, some solemn graces, some human memories and tearful lore... - that is where and when we so ofen find ourselves close to God. No one could have said it better! Commend yourself to God... (Report) Reply

  • Brenda Merritt (8/25/2005 3:29:00 PM)

    Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greatest authors of all time. I love his work that I've read so far. (Report) Reply

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