Spirits Of The Dead Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Spirits Of The Dead

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Thy soul shall find itself alone
'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;
Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
Into thine hour of secrecy.

Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness- for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.

The night, though clear, shall frown,
And the stars shall not look down
From their high thrones in the Heaven
With light like hope to mortals given,
But their red orbs, without beam,
To thy weariness shall seem
As a burning and a fever
Which would cling to thee for ever.

Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,
Now are visions ne'er to vanish;
From thy spirit shall they pass
No more, like dew-drop from the grass.

The breeze, the breath of God, is still,
And the mist upon the hill
Shadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken,
Is a symbol and a token.
How it hangs upon the trees,
A mystery of mysteries!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
JC Fourie 08 February 2012

Poe was a genius. I'm a huge fan. Please read my poems; -)

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Lilith Margret 20 November 2012

Poe is a genius. Have a book of almost all of his poems!

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Assorted Thoughts 07 February 2012

Poe actually did achieve a fair amount of accolades during his lifetime. Unlike some other poets, the most accurate reviews of his work were recorded during his existence. History has deemed Poe as king of the damned and as long as we adhere to that formula he will never find peace… if you believe in that sort of thing ?

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Manonton Dalan 07 February 2012

i was just little kid when my father passed away; that first night was full of thoughts where did he go, a place we know little about. maybe he will come back from those distant hill so quiet or maybe will come back like breeze to kiss my face...but never did. my sadness went away in few days.

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Alek Lenth 07 February 2012

I have always admired how Poe takes direct command of color and light in his poems. Although often cast as dark and grey, when he bursts in with red it really sets my mind for the strangeness about to come...

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drake 23 April 2018

what type of poem is this?

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Mizzy ........ 05 October 2016

Dark and deep.....Brilliant!

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* Sunprincess * 10 August 2015

.....truly a master of dark poetry, a most excellent write ?

6 4 Reply

AWESOME! pPoe stands head & shoulders above all dark side Poets...and arguably ALL POETS period! ~FjR~

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Angelina Holmes 15 October 2014

This is one of my favorite poems of Poe. Beautiful, yet haunting; simple, yet harrowing.

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