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. Flame 4/7/2010
10. Memory 4/7/2010
11. The Testimony Of The Suns 4/7/2010
12. The Wine Of Illusion 4/7/2010
13. The Young Witch 4/7/2010
14. To My Sister 4/7/2010
15. Wings 4/7/2010
16. Happiest 4/7/2010
17. Night Sentries 4/7/2010
18. Reincarnation 4/7/2010
19. Sonnets On The Sea's Voice 4/7/2010
20. The Abandoned Farm 4/7/2010
21. The Abiding Presence 4/7/2010
22. The Aeroplane 4/7/2010
23. The Bindng Of The Beast 4/7/2010
24. The Builders 4/7/2010
25. The Burden Of The Past 4/7/2010
26. The Caged Eagle 4/7/2010
27. The Common Cult 4/7/2010
28. The Evanescent City 4/7/2010
29. The Fleet 4/7/2010
30. The Fog-Sea 4/7/2010
31. The Golden Past 4/7/2010
32. The Poets 4/7/2010
33. The Spirit Of Beauty 4/7/2010
34. The Swimmers 4/7/2010
35. The Swoon 4/7/2010
36. Blossom Or Bird 4/7/2010
37. Blue Ranges 4/7/2010
38. Ballad Of The Grapes 4/7/2010
39. Betrayal 4/7/2010
40. Beyond The Breakers [to James Hopper] 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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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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