Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Evening Star - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

'Twas noontide of summer,
And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
Shone pale, thro' the light
Of the brighter, cold moon,
'Mid planets her slaves,
Herself in the Heavens,
Her beam on the waves.
I gazed awhile
On her cold smile;
Too cold- too cold for me-
There pass'd, as a shroud,
A fleecy cloud,
And I turned away to thee,
Proud Evening Star,
In thy glory afar,
And dearer thy beam shall be;
For joy to my heart
Is the proud part
Thou bearest in Heaven at night,
And more I admire
Thy distant fire,
Than that colder, lowly light.

Comments about Evening Star by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Lisa Marie Mottert (3/4/2016 9:39:00 AM)

    Very moving poem!
    This poem has spiritual meaning to it.
    A great poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Manonton Dalan (12/14/2015 3:41:00 AM)

    nice to poem I read at dawning//thanks (Report) Reply

  • Nancy Oyula Nancy Oyula (8/25/2015 3:48:00 AM)

    If I could have read the title on another platform, I could have figured Kenny Rogers (country music artiste) was the subject.
    Poe's poems have a way of getting in me. I love this one. (Report) Reply

  • Edgar Stevens Edgar Stevens (8/3/2015 6:57:00 AM)

    it has a lot of meaning for sure....dream.. (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/19/2015 2:48:00 AM)

    Genius craftsmanship in absolute rhymsical form! (Report) Reply

  • Mary Jean Lyn Ollado (1/10/2015 9:50:00 PM)

    This poem's very deep. It takes me to the other dimension. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Arvizu Mark Arvizu (10/23/2014 5:32:00 PM)

    Tales me places that I want to go (Report) Reply

  • Paul Akinrinde (8/27/2014 5:35:00 PM)

    beautyful (Report) Reply

  • Primrose Tee Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 2:28:00 PM)

    Twinkle twinkle little star,shine on forever (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Fuzan Dawn Fuzan (5/14/2014 4:47:00 PM)

    Edgar This is an interesting piece of poetry keep it up (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (4/3/2014 5:59:00 PM)

    Its a lovely poem. Reading a poem I felt the poet had gone beyond the days of egoistic pride when one wants to possess the most valuable objects. Instead he find peace in humility by connecting with small and ordinary. It is a strong metaphor for how people find the charm of power diminishing while enjoying simple things. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus Michelle Claus (4/3/2014 2:19:00 PM)

    I really like this poem. I sense the kinship Poe felt with the distant star. The moon is too near, too obvious, too attainable, too cliche. The poet reaches for something beyond, something more mysterious. I identify. (Report) Reply

  • Sixtus Osim Sixtus Osim (4/3/2014 11:47:00 AM)

    The lines of this poem are just tight and well woven like a mat; each line runs into the other, simply, without faltering.
    Quite a wonderful piece. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed Aftab Alam Khursheed (4/3/2014 7:45:00 AM)

    a shroud, A fleecy cloud, lovely metaphor poem over all stole coldness from the fire, Moon the Queen and rest all slave........moon shines bright in compare to other shining orbs owing less distance from the sight intimacy of closeness lovely my salutation to the poet EAP thank you poem hunter you made the haven for heavens (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu Babatunde Aremu (4/3/2014 4:18:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem from the sage! I never thought of the star emitting 'fire'. Great imagery! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (11/19/2013 10:45:00 PM)

    this is one of his best :) (Report) Reply

  • T.j. Kitchen (6/1/2013 12:53:00 PM)

    Excellent. The evening star a hero. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Podge Nachofold (4/3/2013 4:26:00 PM)

    Hey guys, really loved this poem. It was as if it had taken me to another place. Kia kaha. Ka kete (Report) Reply

  • Aldrich Suarez (4/3/2013 12:34:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan was a very mysterious poet and even his death, .. I think he inserted to this poem his feelings cause by many illness that he has. and gave his last cry at the stars and time to join them. (Report) Reply

  • Danjosh Zeus Danjosh Zeus (4/4/2012 3:14:00 AM)

    sorry for my 1st comment. HONESTLY, IT IS A VERY COOL POEM! very soft and soothing lines....very relaxing and fantastic....i like each of the lines and as a whole.it is a great job! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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