George Sterling

(1869-1926 / United States)

Comments about George Sterling

  • Nick G (4/15/2004 3:32:00 AM)

    George Sterling's poetry is very vivid and powerful. The best, which is not featured here, just might be 'In Extremis'. He has a way with his words and using colorful imagery to create beautiful and fantastic landscapes which certainly stand out. His book of poems entitled 'The House of Orchids' is monumental and worth seeking out. He carries on the Romantic tradition which Shelley, Keats and Poe were a part of. Sadly, Sterling's poetry is overlooked and he is not known by too many people. His best friend was Jack London and his work is nothing short of phenomenal. Other poems to check out by George would be 'Happiest', 'Flame', 'The Last Days' and 'The Tides of Change'. This writer deserves far more recognition for his extraordinary vision and superb skill. Also worth noting is that he went to a seminary where the poet/priest John Banister Tabb was a teacher.

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Spring In Carmel

O'er Carmel fields in the springtime the sea-gulls follow the plow.
   White, white wings on the blue above!
   White were your brow and breast, O Love!
   But I cannot see you now.
   Tireless ever the Mission swallow
   Dips to meadow and poppied hollow;
   Well for her mate that he can follow,
   As the buds are on the bough.

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