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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 - 64,043 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 - 84,609 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 - 4,344 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. On The Sea , John Keats
  6. 6. A Sea Dirge , Lewis Carroll
  7. 7. After The Sea-Ship , Walt Whitman
  8. 8. The Sea Is History , Derek Walcott
  9. 9. Young Sea , Carl Sandburg
  10. 10. Sea Lullaby , Elinor Morton Wylie
  11. 11. Sea Rose , Hilda Doolittle
  12. 12. With Ships The Sea Was Sprinkled Far And.. , William Wordsworth
  13. 13. Alone On Sea , Allenika ...
  14. 14. As If The Sea Should Part , Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. At The Sea-Side , Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. 16. By The Sea , Emily Dickinson
  17. 17. At Sea , Aleister Crowley
  18. 18. Song Of The Sea , Rainer Maria Rilke
  19. 19. Beyond The Sea , Thomas Love Peacock
  20. 20. By The Sea , Sara Teasdale
  21. 21. By The Sea , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  22. 22. A Sea-Spell , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  23. 23. Oh Sea , Ernestine Northover
  24. 24. An Hour Is A Sea , Emily Dickinson
  25. 25. Dr. Sigmund Freud Discovers The Sea Shell , Archibald MacLeish
  26. 26. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  27. 27. Or From That Sea Of Time , Walt Whitman
  28. 28. I Have Loved Hours At Sea , Sara Teasdale
  29. 29. On The Road To The Sea , Charlotte Mary Mew
  30. 30. The Sea , Lewis Carroll
  31. 31. Sea Poppies , Hilda Doolittle
  32. 32. In Cabin'D Ships At Sea , Walt Whitman
  33. 33. Sea Dreams , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  34. 34. Sonnet 65: Since Brass, Nor Stone, Nor E.. , William Shakespeare
  35. 35. A Distance From The Sea , Weldon Kees
  36. 36. Black Riders Came From The Sea , Stephen Crane
  37. 37. Come O'Er The Sea , Thomas Moore
  38. 38. To Frinton-On-Sea By Train - The Annual .. , Ernestine Northover
  39. 39. Sea-Shore Memories , Walt Whitman
  40. 40. Clouds Above The Sea , Philip Levine
  41. 41. The Sea , Dorothy Parker
  42. 42. The Sound Of The Sea , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  43. 43. At Sea , Ada Cambridge
  44. 44. The Cat And The Sea , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  45. 45. The Sea , Lewis Carroll
  46. 46. The Sea , Barry Cornwall
  47. 47. Sound Of The Sea, The , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  48. 48. The Sea And The Skylark , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  49. 49. From The Sea , Sara Teasdale
  50. 50. The Sea And The Hills , Rudyard Kipling
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