George Sterling

(1869-1926 / United States)

George Sterling Poems

1. Beyond The Sunset 4/7/2010
2. 4/7/2010
3. 4/7/2010
4. Before Dawn 4/7/2010
5. Bliss Decreed 4/7/2010
6. From the Mountain 7/27/2015
7. Night on the Mountain 7/27/2015
8. Omnia Exeunt In Mysterium 4/7/2010
9. Memory 4/7/2010
10. Flame 4/7/2010
11. Happiest 4/7/2010
12. Confession 4/7/2010
13. Blossom Or Bird 4/7/2010
14. Blue Ranges 4/7/2010
15. Betrayal 4/7/2010
16. Beyond The Breakers [to James Hopper] 4/7/2010
17. Before Dawn (Ce) 4/7/2010
18. Before Dawn In America 4/7/2010
19. Belgium - August 1914 4/7/2010
20. Ballad Of Two Seas 4/7/2010
21. Beauty 4/7/2010
22. Ballad Of St. John Of Nepomuk 4/7/2010
23. Ballad Of The Grapes 4/7/2010
24. Omnium Exeunt In Mysterium 1/4/2003
25. The Ashes In The Sea 1/4/2003
26. Night Sentries 4/7/2010
27. Reincarnation 4/7/2010
28. Sonnets On The Sea's Voice 4/7/2010
29. The Abandoned Farm 4/7/2010
30. The Abiding Presence 4/7/2010
31. The Aeroplane 4/7/2010
32. The Bindng Of The Beast 4/7/2010
33. The Builders 4/7/2010
34. The Burden Of The Past 4/7/2010
35. The Caged Eagle 4/7/2010
36. The Common Cult 4/7/2010
37. The Evanescent City 4/7/2010
38. The Fog-Sea 4/7/2010
39. The Golden Past 4/7/2010
40. The Poets 4/7/2010

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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Best Poem of George Sterling

As It Was In The Beginning

The royal word goes forth, and armies do
The work of devils. Agony and waste
Are on the world, and the grim legions haste
On the old war-roads that the Caesars knew.
Still gleams the dreadful stain of Waterloo,
On Time's accusing record unerased;
Gone are the ramparts that the Romans faced,
But these the heavens where their eagles flew.

Below the bleak and slowly shifting stars,
Man turns him in his madness, to reveal
His ancient folly and his ancient crime,
And on the tragic breast austere with scars
Re-girds the mail, and draws the hiked steel,

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The Black Vulture

Aloof upon the day's immeasured dome,
   He holds unshared the silence of the sky.
   Far down his bleak, relentless eyes descry
The eagle's empire and the falcon's home --
Far down, the galleons of sunset roam;
   His hazards on the sea of morning lie;
   Serene, he hears the broken tempest sigh
Where cold sierras gleam like scattered foam.

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