Archibald Lampman

(17 November 1861 - 10 February 1899 / Morpeth, Ontario)

A Night Of Storm - Poem by Archibald Lampman

Oh city, whom grey stormy hands have sown,
With restless drift, scarce broken now of any,
Out of the dark thy windows dim and many
Gleam red across the storm. Sound is there none,
Save evermore the fierce wind's sweep and moan,
From whose grey hands the keen white snow is shaken
In desperate gusts, that fitfully lull and waken,
Dense as night's darkness round they towers of stone.

Darkling and strange art thou thus vexed and chidden;
More dark and strange thy veiled agony,
City of storm, in whose grey heart are hidden
What stormier woes, what lives that groan and beat,
Stern and thin-cheeked, against time's heavier sleet,
Rude fates, hard hearts, and prisoning poverty.


Comments about A Night Of Storm by Archibald Lampman

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/1/2018 10:31:00 AM)


    TWO: But his poems are of its own kind, descriptive precision and emotive restraint, lovely to read and to think about. Congratulations to the family of Archibald Lampman to be chosen as Classic Poem Of The Day! Hurray!
    I do not dare to give this poem a number 10 or so, since it deserves a myriad 10´s and more! Sincerely, Sylvia FC
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/1/2018 10:26:00 AM)


    ONE: Archibald Lampman is like Keats and Wordsworth a nature poet. He is remarkable for descriptive precision and emotional restraint. Although characterized by a skillful control of rhythm and sound, they tend to display a sameness of thought. He has a weak heart due to his lameness since he was seven years old and a deteriorating health. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/1/2018 7:55:00 AM)


    'Darkling and strange art thou thus vexed and chidden;
    More dark and strange thy veiled agony,
    City of storm, in whose grey heart are hidden..' awesome lines about the bad times of the city. Very well crafted and beautiful poem. Enjoyed.
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  • Glen Kappy (8/1/2018 7:28:00 AM)


    as too often happens, there's a typo—no doubt it should be thy towers not they towers in the eighth line. that aside, this poems summons a grim portrait of a city in the early days of the industrial revolution. -gk (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (8/1/2018 5:05:00 AM)


    Storm in the soul as well (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2018 4:34:00 AM)


    Hands sow the city of storm and its woes harden human hearts. Very true of the ruthlessness of city life in this age. (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (8/1/2018 2:36:00 AM)


    The storm without intense
    Doth the storm within enhance. Phenomenal poem!
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/1/2018 1:59:00 AM)


    excellently penned- a night of STORM

    Darkling and strange art thou thus vexed and chidden;
    More dark and strange thy veiled agony
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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (8/1/2018 12:55:00 AM)


    Darkling and strange art thou thus vexed and chidden/More dark and strange thy veiled agony................A great poem....10 (Report) Reply

  • Paul Amrod (8/1/2017 5:50:00 PM)


    A totally lyrically wonderful piece that should be put to music, (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/1/2017 1:16:00 PM)


    Night's darkness! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O Brian (8/1/2017 11:34:00 AM)


    A night of storm, vividly contrasted with a lifetime poverty. An enjoyable, yet provocative read. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/1/2017 9:08:00 AM)


    Stunning expression. Beautiful poem. Thanks to his soul. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/1/2017 1:24:00 AM)


    Such an interesting poem written by a great poet👍 Thanks for sharing... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010



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