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(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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Spirits Of The Dead

Thy soul shall find itself alone
'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;
Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
Into thine hour of secrecy.

Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness- for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.

The night, though clear, shall frown,
And the stars shall not look down
From their high thrones in the Heaven
With light like hope to mortals given,
But their red orbs, without beam,
To thy weariness shall seem
As a burning and a fever
Which would cling to thee for ever.

Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,
Now are visions ne'er to vanish;
From thy spirit shall they pass
No more, like dew-drop from the grass.

The breeze, the breath of God, is still,
And the mist upon the hill
Shadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken,
Is a symbol and a token.
How it hangs upon the trees,
A mystery of mysteries!

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • Bernard Snyder (2/7/2014 11:51:00 PM)

    Great masterpiece! I enjoy Poe's writings! !

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  • Liliana ~el (2/7/2014 6:01:00 PM)

    Haunting.

  • Natasha Foster (3/1/2013 10:47:00 AM)

    To Lilith: I have a book of his short stories and poems, too! Isn't he the most amazing author? ! He's my #1 favorite of them all.

  • Lilith Margret (11/20/2012 10:19:00 PM)

    Poe is a genius. Have a book of almost all of his poems!

  • JC Fourie (2/8/2012 12:12:00 AM)

    Poe was a genius. I'm a huge fan. Please read my poems; -)

  • Assorted Thoughts (2/7/2012 6:52:00 PM)

    Poe actually did achieve a fair amount of accolades during his lifetime.
    Unlike some other poets, the most accurate reviews of his work were recorded during his existence.
    History has deemed Poe as king of the damned and as long as we adhere to that formula he will never find peace… if you believe in that sort of thing ?

  • Alek Lenth (2/7/2012 6:03:00 PM)

    I have always admired how Poe takes direct command of color and light in his poems. Although often cast as dark and grey, when he bursts in with red it really sets my mind for the strangeness about to come...

  • Carlos Echeverria (2/7/2012 3:37:00 PM)

    Poe's describing his creative process.

  • Juan Olivarez (2/7/2012 9:07:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan Poe in my opinion is the greatest of all American poets. Greater by far that Walt Whitman. My proof is this, everybody can recite several of Poe's poems. The only one's tat I know people can recite of Whitman is Oh Captain My Captain.Whitman though a great orator and writer wrote poems that are so forgettable. Poe was in a class all his own. The way he used words is unmatched by any other poet on Earth.

  • Manonton Dalan (2/7/2012 3:43:00 AM)

    i was just little kid when my father passed away;
    that first night was full of thoughts where did he go,
    a place we know little about. maybe he will come
    back from those distant hill so quiet or maybe will
    come back like breeze to kiss my face...but never
    did. my sadness went away in few days.

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