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.


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  • Uche NwanzeUche Nwanze (8/2/2020 12:15:00 AM)

    A masterpiece, brilliantly and nicely penned.(Report)Reply

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (8/2/2020 12:09:00 AM)

    Loved the last four lines:
    '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'.
    Congratulations on the poem's selection as the 'Poem of the Day'.(Report)Reply

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (8/1/2020 10:26:00 PM)

    Very well scripted with words uncommon depicts the sadness of the city and its people.........10++(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/1/2020 1:28:00 PM)

    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.
    A very godd poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (8/1/2020 9:45:00 AM)

    A very nice poem. Enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Michelle BenjaminMichelle Benjamin (8/1/2020 9:29:00 AM)

    really lovely poem Darkling and strange art thou thus vexed and chidden;
    More dark and strange thy veiled agony,(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/1/2020 8:54:00 AM)

    Darkling and strange art thou thus vexed and chidden;
    More dark and strange thy veiled agony, ....stormy night is dark of life night, strange in losing, pathetic in the lost heart..... Superbly expressed......(Report)Reply

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  • Luis Estable (8/1/2020 2:02:00 AM)

    The whom in the first verse gives me a bit of trouble. I do not know how to read it. This is the first time that I have seen this construction in poetry or any kind of writing. I admire the descriptive picture of what is happening.(Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/1/2020 12:37:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Luis Estable (8/1/2019 10:20:00 PM)

    The first line is unconventional and I do not know exactly what it means with that whom or how to take it.
    This poem plays with the position, the normal position of words a bit too much.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (8/1/2019 9:35:00 PM)

    A great poem by Archibald Lampman....(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/1/2019 11:30:00 AM)

    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....so touching. Beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • paul amrod (8/1/2019 7:20:00 AM)

    A very moving mix of Nature and spirit which leaves me in a wondrous state.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (8/1/2019 1:53:00 AM)

    many
    Gleam red across the storm. Sound is there none,
    Save evermore the fierce wind's sweep and moan, .

    beautiful poem
    great 10++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/1/2019 1:26:00 AM)

    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. descriptive.. very fine poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia 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(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia 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

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil 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.(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen 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

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

    Storm in the soul as well(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010