The Haunted Palace Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

The Haunted Palace

Rating: 3.7


In the greenest of our valleys
By good angels tenanted,
Once a fair and stately palace-
Radiant palace- reared its head.
In the monarch Thought's dominion-
It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair!

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow,
(This- all this- was in the olden
Time long ago,)
And every gentle air that dallied,
In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odor went away.

Wanderers in that happy valley,
Through two luminous windows, saw
Spirits moving musically,
To a lute's well-tuned law,
Round about a throne where, sitting
(Porphyrogene!)
In state his glory well-befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen.

And all with pearl and ruby glowing
Was the fair palace door,
Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing,
And sparkling evermore,
A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty
Was but to sing,
In voices of surpassing beauty,
The wit and wisdom of their king.

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
Assailed the monarch's high estate.
(Ah, let us mourn!- for never morrow
Shall dawn upon him desolate!)
And round about his home the glory
That blushed and bloomed,
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.

And travellers, now, within that valley,
Through the red-litten windows see
Vast forms, that move fantastically
To a discordant melody,
While, like a ghastly rapid river,
Through the pale door
A hideous throng rush out forever
And laugh- but smile no more.

-THE END-
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Ben Voss 11 June 2007

this poem is beautiful

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Riquetta Elliott 22 April 2008

This is really beautiful.

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Thoughts Of A Poet 29 July 2012

that's very-very-very-very- dark

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Paresh Chakra 27 November 2018

It. Is a very beautiful poem

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* Sunprincess * 16 September 2015

....haunting and beautiful...love this ?

4 4 Reply

The Master Bard...always zoned in on & accomplishing superior craftsmanship ~FjR~

3 2 Reply

A splendid display of pictorial literature... ~FjR~

3 2 Reply
Mark Arvizu 06 September 2014

Poe paints a vivid picture here

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