George Sterling

(1869-1926 / United States)

George Sterling Poems

41. The Common Cult 4/7/2010
42. The Evanescent City 4/7/2010
43. The Fleet 4/7/2010
44. The Fog-Sea 4/7/2010
45. The Golden Past 4/7/2010
46. The Poets 4/7/2010
47. The Spirit Of Beauty 4/7/2010
48. The Swimmers 4/7/2010
49. The Swoon 4/7/2010
50. The Day Of Decision 4/7/2010
51. The Kiss Of Consummation 4/7/2010
52. The Cloud 4/7/2010
53. The Coming Singer 4/7/2010
54. The City And The Silence 4/7/2010
55. Evening 4/7/2010
56. The Battlefield At Night 4/7/2010
57. To Katherine 4/7/2010
58. Caeli Enarrant 4/7/2010
59. Beauty Afar 4/7/2010
60. Bombardment 4/7/2010
61. By Lonely Waters 4/7/2010
62. By The Western Ocean 4/7/2010
63. Civilization At Bay 4/7/2010
64. Conspiracy 4/7/2010
65. Beneath The Redwoods 4/7/2010
66. Beauty And Truth 4/7/2010
67. At The Lily's Heart 4/7/2010
68. Atthan Dances - From 4/7/2010
69. The Dust Dethroned 1/4/2003
70. Words For Lange's 4/7/2010
71. Worship 4/7/2010
72. The Wiser Prophet 4/7/2010
73. The Tides Of Change 4/7/2010
74. Youth And Time 4/7/2010
75. The Apothecary's 4/7/2010
76. Moonlight In The Pines 4/7/2010
77. The Ideal 4/7/2010
78. On Reading The Poems Of Father Tabb 4/7/2010
79. Witch-Fire 4/7/2010
80. You Never Can Tell 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 Dust Dethroned

Sargon is dust, Semiramis a clod!
   In crypts profaned the moon at midnight peers;
   The owl upon the Sphinx hoots in her ears,
And scant and sear the desert grasses nod
Where once the armies of Assyria trod,
   With younger sunlight splendid on the spears;
   The lichens cling the closer with the years,
And seal the eyelids of the weary god.

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