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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 - 62,694 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 - 79,739 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

  • Silver Star - 3,896 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 City

  1. 1. The City In The Sea , Edgar Allan Poe
  2. 2. A Brook In The City , Robert Frost
  3. 3. City That Does Not Sleep , Federico García Lorca
  4. 4. A Sunset Of The City , Gwendolyn Brooks
  5. 5. The Alchemist In The City , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  6. 6. The City Planners , Margaret Atwood
  7. 7. City Trees , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  8. 8. City Of Ships , Walt Whitman
  9. 9. The City In Which I Loved You , Li-Young Lee
  10. 10. Beautiful City , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  11. 11. A City Winter , Frank O'Hara
  12. 12. Beleaguered City, The , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  13. 13. The White City , Claude McKay
  14. 14. A Description Of A City Shower , Jonathan Swift
  15. 15. On The Amtrak From Boston To New York City , Sherman Alexie.
  16. 16. The City Of The Dead Xx , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. ***barbarism In Pink City Again! ! ! , Dr subhendu kar
  18. 18. Report From The Besieged City , Zbigniew Herbert
  19. 19. To One Who Has Been Long In City Pent , John Keats
  20. 20. City Visions , Emma Lazarus
  21. 21. Nightfall In The City Of Hyderabad , Sarojini Naidu
  22. 22. The City Limits , Archie Randolph Ammons
  23. 23. City Of Orgies , Walt Whitman
  24. 24. Leaving White King City , Li Po
  25. 25. When Dawn Comes To The City , Claude McKay
  26. 26. Block City , Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. 27. The City , Constantine P. Cavafy
  28. 28. Once I Pass'D Through A Populous City , Walt Whitman
  29. 29. The City Dead-House , Walt Whitman
  30. 30. Up At A Villa--Down In The City , Robert Browning
  31. 31. Sonnet: O City, City , Delmore Schwartz
  32. 32. The City Of Dreadful Thirst , Banjo Paterson
  33. 33. The City And The Sea , Emily Pauline Johnson
  34. 34. Henry James In The Heart Of The City , Erica Jong
  35. 35. Hymn Of The City , William Cullen Bryant
  36. 36. Fire-Fly City , Henry Van Dyke
  37. 37. When The Assault Was Intended To The City , John Milton
  38. 38. The City At The End Of Things , Archibald Lampman
  39. 39. A Map Of The City , Thom Gunn
  40. 40. In Honour Of The City Of London , William Dunbar
  41. 41. The City Bushman , Henry Lawson
  42. 42. The City That Will Not Repent , Vachel Lindsay
  43. 43. City Of Light , Scarlett Treat
  44. 44. The Soul Of The City Receives The Gift O.. , Vachel Lindsay
  45. 45. Come, Here Is Adieu To The City , Robert Louis Stevenson
  46. 46. City Of Doom , Doom and Gloom
  47. 47. The City Of The Soul: Ii , Lord Alfred Douglas
  48. 48. City On The Sea? ? Wael Moreicheh , WAEL MOREICHEH
  49. 49. The Beautiful City Of Perth , William Topaz McGonagall
  50. 50. The City Of Dreadful Night , James Thomson
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