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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 - 65,763 Points * Sunprincess * (8/10/2015 9:16:00 PM)

    ............excellent write, with astonishing imagery...one of his very best! ! ★ (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 88,816 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/10/2015 9:44:00 PM)

    On a poetic zenith all by himself, is this Master Bard of The Silent Word...~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,704 Points Babatunde Aremu (2/11/2015 8:23:00 AM)

    A nice poem. Its a reminder about eternity. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sea

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