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