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The City In The Sea - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Lo! Death has reared himself a throne
In a strange city lying alone
Far down within the dim West,
Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best
Have gone to their eternal rest.
There shrines and palaces and towers
(Time-eaten towers that tremble not!)
Resemble nothing that is ours.
Around, by lifting winds forgot,
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters he.

No rays from the holy heaven come down
On the long night-time of that town;
But light from out the lurid sea
Streams up the turrets silently-
Gleams up the pinnacles far and free-
Up domes- up spires- up kingly halls-
Up fanes- up Babylon-like walls-
Up shadowy long-forgotten bowers
Of sculptured ivy and stone flowers-
Up many and many a marvellous shrine
Whose wreathed friezes intertwine
The viol, the violet, and the vine.
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie.
So blend the turrets and shadows there
That all seem pendulous in air,
While from a proud tower in the town
Death looks gigantically down.

There open fanes and gaping graves
Yawn level with the luminous waves;
But not the riches there that lie
In each idol's diamond eye-
Not the gaily-jewelled dead
Tempt the waters from their bed;
For no ripples curl, alas!
Along that wilderness of glass-
No swellings tell that winds may be
Upon some far-off happier sea-
No heavings hint that winds have been
On seas less hideously serene.

But lo, a stir is in the air!
The wave- there is a movement there!
As if the towers had thrust aside,
In slightly sinking, the dull tide-
As if their tops had feebly given
A void within the filmy Heaven.
The waves have now a redder glow-
The hours are breathing faint and low-
And when, amid no earthly moans,
Down, down that town shall settle hence,
Hell, rising from a thousand thrones,
Shall do it reverence.


Comments about The City In The Sea by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Gold Star - 62,694 Points * Sunprincess * (8/10/2015 9:16:00 PM)

    ............excellent write, with astonishing imagery...one of his very best! ! ★ (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 79,866 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/10/2015 9:44:00 PM)

    On a poetic zenith all by himself, is this Master Bard of The Silent Word...~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,896 Points Babatunde Aremu (2/11/2015 8:23:00 AM)

    A nice poem. Its a reminder about eternity. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sea

  1. 1. The City In The Sea , Edgar Allan Poe
  2. 2. Sonnet Xxxiv (You Are The Daughter Of Th.. , Pablo Neruda
  3. 3. Sea Calm , Langston Hughes
  4. 4. A Sea-Side Walk , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  5. 5. A Sea Dirge , Lewis Carroll
  6. 6. Sea Lullaby , Elinor Morton Wylie
  7. 7. On The Sea , John Keats
  8. 8. The Sea Is History , Derek Walcott
  9. 9. Sea Rose , Hilda Doolittle
  10. 10. After The Sea-Ship , Walt Whitman
  11. 11. With Ships The Sea Was Sprinkled Far And.. , William Wordsworth
  12. 12. At The Sea-Side , Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. 13. Alone On Sea , Allenika ...
  14. 14. Beyond The Sea , Thomas Love Peacock
  15. 15. Young Sea , Carl Sandburg
  16. 16. At Sea , Aleister Crowley
  17. 17. By The Sea , Emily Dickinson
  18. 18. By The Sea , Sara Teasdale
  19. 19. By The Sea , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  20. 20. As If The Sea Should Part , Emily Dickinson
  21. 21. Oh Sea , Ernestine Northover
  22. 22. An Hour Is A Sea , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. On The Road To The Sea , Charlotte Mary Mew
  24. 24. Dr. Sigmund Freud Discovers The Sea Shell , Archibald MacLeish
  25. 25. I Have Loved Hours At Sea , Sara Teasdale
  26. 26. The Sea , Lewis Carroll
  27. 27. A Sea-Spell , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  28. 28. Or From That Sea Of Time , Walt Whitman
  29. 29. Sea Poppies , Hilda Doolittle
  30. 30. Song Of The Sea , Rainer Maria Rilke
  31. 31. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  32. 32. The Sea , Dorothy Parker
  33. 33. The Sea , Lewis Carroll
  34. 34. The Sound Of The Sea , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  35. 35. Sea Dreams , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  36. 36. To Frinton-On-Sea By Train - The Annual .. , Ernestine Northover
  37. 37. Clouds Above The Sea , Philip Levine
  38. 38. Sonnet 65: Since Brass, Nor Stone, Nor E.. , William Shakespeare
  39. 39. A Distance From The Sea , Weldon Kees
  40. 40. Black Riders Came From The Sea , Stephen Crane
  41. 41. Come O'Er The Sea , Thomas Moore
  42. 42. At Sea , Ada Cambridge
  43. 43. The Cat And The Sea , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  44. 44. Sound Of The Sea, The , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  45. 45. The Sea And The Skylark , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  46. 46. The Sea Spirit , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  47. 47. In Cabin'D Ships At Sea , Walt Whitman
  48. 48. The Sea And The Hills , Rudyard Kipling
  49. 49. Sea-Shore Memories , Walt Whitman
  50. 50. A Sea-Shore Grave. To M. J. L. , Sidney Lanier
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