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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.

Comments about The City In The Sea by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Gold Star - 466,567 Points Edward Kofi Louis (11/5/2018 12:59:00 PM)

    The dull tide! !

    Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Bisti Kate (11/5/2018 12:43:00 PM)

    aN iNtESting pOEm, eNjOYED mUCh (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,773 Points Nadia Umber Lodhi (11/5/2018 11:21:00 AM)

    settle hence,
    , rising from a thousand thrones,
    Shall do it reverence...nice (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sea

  1. 1. The City In The Sea , Edgar Allan Poe
  2. 2. Sonnet Xxxiv (You Are The Daughter Of Th.. , Pablo Neruda
  3. 3. Sea Calm , Langston Hughes
  4. 4. The Sea Is History , Derek Walcott
  5. 5. On The Sea , John Keats
  6. 6. A Sea Dirge , Lewis Carroll
  7. 7. A Sea-Side Walk , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  8. 8. After The Sea-Ship , Walt Whitman
  9. 9. Sea Lullaby , Elinor Morton Wylie
  10. 10. Sea Rose , Hilda Doolittle
  11. 11. With Ships The Sea Was Sprinkled Far And.. , William Wordsworth
  12. 12. Alone On Sea , Allenika ...
  13. 13. At The Sea-Side , Robert Louis Stevenson
  14. 14. At Sea , Aleister Crowley
  15. 15. Young Sea , Carl Sandburg
  16. 16. By The Sea , Emily Dickinson
  17. 17. As If The Sea Should Part , Emily Dickinson
  18. 18. By The Sea , Sara Teasdale
  19. 19. Song Of The Sea , Rainer Maria Rilke
  20. 20. Beyond The Sea , Thomas Love Peacock
  21. 21. Oh Sea , Ernestine Northover
  22. 22. An Hour Is A Sea , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. Dr. Sigmund Freud Discovers The Sea Shell , Archibald MacLeish
  24. 24. By The Sea , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  25. 25. The Sea , Barry Cornwall
  26. 26. A Sea-Spell , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  27. 27. Clouds Above The Sea , Philip Levine
  28. 28. The Sea , Dorothy Parker
  29. 29. Sea Love , Charlotte Mary Mew
  30. 30. On The Road To The Sea , Charlotte Mary Mew
  31. 31. The Sound Of The Sea , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  32. 32. Sea Poppies , Hilda Doolittle
  33. 33. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  34. 34. Sea Dreams , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  35. 35. I Have Loved Hours At Sea , Sara Teasdale
  36. 36. A Distance From The Sea , Weldon Kees
  37. 37. Or From That Sea Of Time , Walt Whitman
  38. 38. The Sea , Lewis Carroll
  39. 39. To Frinton-On-Sea By Train - The Annual .. , Ernestine Northover
  40. 40. Cuchulain's Fight With The Sea , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. Sonnet 65: Since Brass, Nor Stone, Nor E.. , William Shakespeare
  42. 42. Come O'Er The Sea , Thomas Moore
  43. 43. The Cat And The Sea , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  44. 44. A Tale Of The Sea , William Topaz McGonagall
  45. 45. Sound Of The Sea, The , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  46. 46. The Sea , Lewis Carroll
  47. 47. The Sea And The Skylark , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  48. 48. In Cabin'D Ships At Sea , Walt Whitman
  49. 49. From The Sea , Sara Teasdale
  50. 50. The Sea And The Hills , Rudyard Kipling
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