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The City In The Sea - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Lo! Death has reared himself a throne
In a strange city lying alone
Far down within the dim West,
Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best
Have gone to their eternal rest.
There shrines and palaces and towers
(Time-eaten towers that tremble not!)
Resemble nothing that is ours.
Around, by lifting winds forgot,
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters he.

No rays from the holy heaven come down
On the long night-time of that town;
But light from out the lurid sea
Streams up the turrets silently-
Gleams up the pinnacles far and free-
Up domes- up spires- up kingly halls-
Up fanes- up Babylon-like walls-
Up shadowy long-forgotten bowers
Of sculptured ivy and stone flowers-
Up many and many a marvellous shrine
Whose wreathed friezes intertwine
The viol, the violet, and the vine.
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie.
So blend the turrets and shadows there
That all seem pendulous in air,
While from a proud tower in the town
Death looks gigantically down.

There open fanes and gaping graves
Yawn level with the luminous waves;
But not the riches there that lie
In each idol's diamond eye-
Not the gaily-jewelled dead
Tempt the waters from their bed;
For no ripples curl, alas!
Along that wilderness of glass-
No swellings tell that winds may be
Upon some far-off happier sea-
No heavings hint that winds have been
On seas less hideously serene.

But lo, a stir is in the air!
The wave- there is a movement there!
As if the towers had thrust aside,
In slightly sinking, the dull tide-
As if their tops had feebly given
A void within the filmy Heaven.
The waves have now a redder glow-
The hours are breathing faint and low-
And when, amid no earthly moans,
Down, down that town shall settle hence,
Hell, rising from a thousand thrones,
Shall do it reverence.


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Poems About Sea

  1. 1. The City In The Sea , Edgar Allan Poe
  2. 2. Young Sea , Carl Sandburg
  3. 3. On The Sea , John Keats
  4. 4. The Sea Is History , Derek Walcott
  5. 5. A Sea-Side Walk , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  6. 6. By The Sea , Emily Dickinson
  7. 7. A Sea Dirge , Lewis Carroll
  8. 8. Sea Calm , Langston Hughes
  9. 9. As If The Sea Should Part , Emily Dickinson
  10. 10. Sea Rose , Hilda Doolittle
  11. 11. Stars In The Sea , Roderic Quinn
  12. 12. By The Sea , Sara Teasdale
  13. 13. After The Sea-Ship , Walt Whitman
  14. 14. At The Sea-Side , Robert Louis Stevenson
  15. 15. The Sea And The Hills , Rudyard Kipling
  16. 16. The Sea , Lewis Carroll
  17. 17. At Sea , Aleister Crowley
  18. 18. Or From That Sea Of Time , Walt Whitman
  19. 19. By The Sea , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  20. 20. The Sound Of The Sea , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  21. 21. Sonnet Xxxiv (You Are The Daughter Of Th.. , Pablo Neruda
  22. 22. Song Of The Sea , Rainer Maria Rilke
  23. 23. Cuchulain's Fight With The Sea , William Butler Yeats
  24. 24. Clouds Above The Sea , Philip Levine
  25. 25. The Sea Spirit , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  26. 26. An Hour Is A Sea , Emily Dickinson
  27. 27. Dr. Sigmund Freud Discovers The Sea Shell , Archibald MacLeish
  28. 28. Sea Dreams , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  29. 29. Sea Poppies , Hilda Doolittle
  30. 30. Black Riders Came From The Sea , Stephen Crane
  31. 31. In The Sea Caves , Giorgos Seferis
  32. 32. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  33. 33. Across The Sea Along The Shore , Arthur Hugh Clough
  34. 34. A Sea-Spell , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  35. 35. With Ships The Sea Was Sprinkled Far And.. , William Wordsworth
  36. 36. The Sea , Lewis Carroll
  37. 37. The Sea And The Skylark , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  38. 38. Come O'Er The Sea , Thomas Moore
  39. 39. On The Road To The Sea , Charlotte Mary Mew
  40. 40. Over The Sea Our Galleys Went , Robert Browning
  41. 41. Morning Sea , Constantine P. Cavafy
  42. 42. The Sea , Dorothy Parker
  43. 43. To Sea! To Sea! , Thomas Lovell Beddoes
  44. 44. Sea Slant , Carl Sandburg
  45. 45. Sea-Shore Memories , Walt Whitman
  46. 46. Sound Of The Sea, The , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  47. 47. I Have Loved Hours At Sea , Sara Teasdale
  48. 48. Moon And Sea , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  49. 49. The Harvest Of The Sea , John McCrae
  50. 50. The Sea Took Pity , Gerard Manley Hopkins
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