The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Poem The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This is a specific example of American poetry by one of this country's most famous poets. This section provides a selection of different types of American poetry including the poem by this famous American Poet. The American poetry and poems have been selected to cover all aspect of this kind of poetry and poem. The following American poem The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from this famous poet can be used as a good example of American poetry.
 

The poem The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
 

The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
and on its outer point, some miles away,
the lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.

Even at this distance I can see the tides,
Upheaving, break unheard along its base,
A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
in the white tip and tremor of the face.


And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light,
with strange, unearhly splendor in the glare!


No one alone: from each projecting cape
And perilous reef along the ocean's verge,
Starts into life a dim, gigantic shape,
Holding its lantern o'er the restless surge.


Like the great giant Christopher it stands
Upon the brink of the tempestuous wave,
Wading far out among the rocks and sands,
The night o'er taken mariner to save.


And the great ships sail outward and return
Bending and bowing o'er the billowy swells,
And ever joyful, as they see it burn
They wave their silent welcome and farewells.


They come forth from the darkness, and their sails
Gleam for a moment only in the blaze,
And eager faces, as the light unveils
Gaze at the tower, and vanish while they gaze.


The mariner remembers when a child,
on his first voyage, he saw it fade and sink
And when returning from adventures wild,
He saw it rise again o'er ocean's brink.


Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same,
Year after year, through all the silent night
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light!


It sees the ocean to its bosum clasp
The rocks and sea-sand with the kiss of peace:
It sees the wild winds lift it in their grasp,
And hold it up, and shake it like a fleece.


The startled waves leap over it; the storm
Smites it with all the scourges of the rain,
And steadily against its solid form
press the great shoulders of the hurricane.


The sea-bird wheeling round it, with the din
of wings and winds and solitary cries,
Blinded and maddened by the light within,
Dashes himself against the glare, and dies.


A new Prometheus, chained upon the rock,
Still grasping in his hand the fire of love,
it does not hear the cry, nor heed the shock,
but hails the mariner with words of love.


"Sail on!" it says: "sail on, ye stately ships!
And with your floating bridge the ocean span;
Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse.
Be yours to bring man neared unto man.

 

The Poem The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Example of American Poetry
Poetry written such as the poem The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is piece of literature written by a American poet in meter or verse expressing various emotions which are expressed by the use of variety of techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. The emphasis on the aesthetics of language and the use of techniques such as repetition, meter and rhyme are what are commonly used to distinguish American poetry from American prose. Poems often make heavy use of imagery and word association to quickly convey emotions. A famous example of American poetry is the poem The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Poem The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Example of Structure of American Poetry
The structure used in an American poem varies with different types of poetry and can be seen in the above example of the poem The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The structural elements might include the line, couplet, strophe and stanza. Poets and American Poetry combine the use of language and a specific structure to create an imaginative and expressive poem such as The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow . The structure used in some Poetry types are also used when considering the visual effect of a finished poem.
 

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