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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 - 65,910 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 - 92,262 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 - 4,766 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. Sonnet Xxxiv (You Are The Daughter Of Th.. , Pablo Neruda
  3. 3. Sea Calm , Langston Hughes
  4. 4. A Sea-Side Walk , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  5. 5. Sea Lullaby , Elinor Morton Wylie
  6. 6. On The Sea , John Keats
  7. 7. A Sea Dirge , Lewis Carroll
  8. 8. The Sea Is History , Derek Walcott
  9. 9. At The Sea-Side , Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. 10. By The Sea , Emily Dickinson
  11. 11. After The Sea-Ship , Walt Whitman
  12. 12. Sea Rose , Hilda Doolittle
  13. 13. With Ships The Sea Was Sprinkled Far And.. , William Wordsworth
  14. 14. Alone On Sea , Allenika ...
  15. 15. Young Sea , Carl Sandburg
  16. 16. Song Of The Sea , Rainer Maria Rilke
  17. 17. As If The Sea Should Part , Emily Dickinson
  18. 18. Oh Sea , Ernestine Northover
  19. 19. At Sea , Aleister Crowley
  20. 20. Beyond The Sea , Thomas Love Peacock
  21. 21. By The Sea , Sara Teasdale
  22. 22. By The Sea , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  23. 23. Clouds Above The Sea , Philip Levine
  24. 24. Dr. Sigmund Freud Discovers The Sea Shell , Archibald MacLeish
  25. 25. A Sea-Spell , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  26. 26. On The Road To The Sea , Charlotte Mary Mew
  27. 27. An Hour Is A Sea , Emily Dickinson
  28. 28. Sea Dreams , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  29. 29. I Have Loved Hours At Sea , Sara Teasdale
  30. 30. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  31. 31. Sea Poppies , Hilda Doolittle
  32. 32. Or From That Sea Of Time , Walt Whitman
  33. 33. The Sea , Lewis Carroll
  34. 34. To Frinton-On-Sea By Train - The Annual .. , Ernestine Northover
  35. 35. The Sea , Dorothy Parker
  36. 36. Cuchulain's Fight With The Sea , William Butler Yeats
  37. 37. A Distance From The Sea , Weldon Kees
  38. 38. The Sound Of The Sea , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  39. 39. Come O'Er The Sea , Thomas Moore
  40. 40. At Sea , Ada Cambridge
  41. 41. The Cat And The Sea , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  42. 42. Sea-Shore Memories , Walt Whitman
  43. 43. The Sea , Lewis Carroll
  44. 44. Sonnet 65: Since Brass, Nor Stone, Nor E.. , William Shakespeare
  45. 45. Sound Of The Sea, The , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  46. 46. The Sea And The Skylark , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  47. 47. In Cabin'D Ships At Sea , Walt Whitman
  48. 48. The Sea And The Hills , Rudyard Kipling
  49. 49. Black Riders Came From The Sea , Stephen Crane
  50. 50. Sea Breeze , Stéphane Mallarmé
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