Edwin Arlington Robinson

(22 December 1869 – 6 April 1935 / Maine / United States)

Villanelle Of Change - Poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Since Persia fell at Marathon,
The yellow years have gathered fast:
Long centuries have come and gone.

And yet (they say) the place will don
A phantom fury of the past,
Since Persia fell at Marathon;

And as of old, when Helicon
Trembled and swayed with rapture vast
(Long centuries have come and gone),

This ancient plain, when night comes on,
Shakes to a ghostly battle-blast,
Since Persia fell at Marathon.

But into soundless Acheron
The glory of Greek shame was cast:
Long centuries have come and gone,

The suns of Hellas have all shone,
The first has fallen to the last: --
Since Persia fell at Marathon,
Long centuries have come and gone.

Form: Villanelle


Comments about Villanelle Of Change by Edwin Arlington Robinson

  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (2/16/2020 6:28:00 PM)

    A perfectly structured villanelle, a role model for
    modern writers. A great moment in Greek history,
    to win the battle at Marathon. Fine connotations, too, of the marathon race.
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  • Christopher Gozdava (1/11/2012 1:24:00 PM)

    The very pleasing poem for a change (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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