The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe


The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe

The Poem The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe
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 City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe from this famous poet can be used as a good example of American poetry.
 

The poem The City in the Sea 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 lie.

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 marvelous shrine
Whose wreathèd 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-jeweled dead
Tempt the waters from their bed;
For no ripples curl, alas!
Among 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.

 

The Poem The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe - Example of American Poetry
Poetry written such as the poem The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe 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 City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe.

The Poem The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe - 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 City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe. 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 City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe . The structure used in some Poetry types are also used when considering the visual effect of a finished poem.
 

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