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The Graveyard By The Sea

Rating: 2.8
This quiet roof, where dove-sails saunter by,
Between the pines, the tombs, throbs visibly.
Impartial noon patterns the sea in flame --
That sea forever starting and re-starting.
When thought has had its hour, oh how rewarding
Are the long vistas of celestial calm!
What grace of light, what pure toil goes to form
The manifold diamond of the elusive foam!
What peace I feel begotten at that source!
When sunlight rests upon a profound sea,
Time's air is sparkling, dream is certainty --
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Le vent se lève! ... il faut tenter de vivre! / The wind is rising! ... We must try to live! I hope this poem inspires us all to try, try again! The wind is harsh but it can carry us on its back if we let it.
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Melvina Germain 23 June 2015
Magnificent poem, this poem most certainly deserves a ten, so be it.....
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Claire M. 22 March 2015
This website is ridiculous. Rate Poems. Like poems can simply be rated on a scale of 1-10. I would understand if this was a website created by naive children. But this website is created for poetry, and ironically judges it so crudely. People voted this poem a 5/10. If such a rating system was even valid, I am sure that these people simply did not understand what they were rating.
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Tom Billsborough 29 March 2016
I find it amazing that the two greatest French poets of the last 100 years are virtually ignored here. In fact St Jean Perse is not even on the poet's list. Has nobody but me ever read Anabase or Amers. And where on earth is Valery's La Jeune Parque. I think there should be a system where we can rate the idiots who give such stupidly low marks to Great poems such as Le cimitiere Marin. Guessing their IQs? What do you think?
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Jean-francois Sené 07 September 2016
To Mr Tom Billsborough, Please do correct the name of the author of Anabase and write Saint-John Perse (that was his pen-name; his family name was Saint-Leger Leger) . Thanks a lot. Yours sincerely. J.-F. Sené
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* Sunprincess * 30 May 2014
..............nicely done.....enjoyed every line...
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