Richard Watson Gilder
Richard Watson Gilder Poems
- What Is A Sonnet? What is a sonnet? 'Tis the pearly ...
- A Mood WORDS praising music, what are they but leaves ...
- The Sonnet What is a sonnet? 'Tis the pearly shell That ...
- A Midsummer Song O, Father's gone to market-town, he was up ...
- On The Life-Mask Of Abraham Li... THIS bronze doth keep the...
- Paderewski IF songs were perfume, color, wild desire; If ...
- Sherman Glory and honor and fame and everlasting ...
Gilder was born at Bordentown, New Jersey. He was the son of the Rev. William Henry Gilder, at whose seminary in Flushing, New York, he was educated. He was the brother of William Henry Gilder, Jeannette Leonard Gilder and Joseph Benson Gilder. Gilder studied law at Philadelphia.
During the American Civil War, he enlisted in the state's Emergency Volunteer Militia as a private in ... more »
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What Is A Sonnet?
What is a sonnet? 'Tis the pearly shell
That murmurs of the far-off murmuring sea;
A precious jewel carved most curiously;
It is a little picture painted well.
What is a sonnet? 'Tis the tear that fell
From a great poet's hidden ecstasy;
A two-edged sword, a star, a song- Ah me!
Sometimes a heavy-tolling funeral bell.
This was the flame that shook with Dante's breath;
The solemn organ whereon Milton played,
And the clear glass where Shakespeare's shadow falls:
A sea this is- beware who ventureth!
For like a fjord the narrow floor is laid
Mid-ocean deep to...