Poe Poem #4 - The Valley of Unrest

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Poe Poem #4 - The Valley of Unrest

Unread postby Liz » Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:05 am

The Valley of Unrest

Once it smiled a silent dell
Where the people did not dwell;
They had gone unto the wars,
Trusting to the mild-eyed stars,
Nightly, from their azure towers,
To keep watch above the flowers,
In the midst of which all day
The red sunlight lazily lay.
Now each visitor shall confess
The sad valley's restlessness.
Nothing there is motionless-
Nothing save the airs that brood
Over the magic solitude.
Ah, by no wind are stirred those trees
That palpitate like the chill seas
Around the misty Hebrides!
Ah, by no wind those clouds are driven
That rustle through the unquiet Heaven
Uneasily, from morn till even,
Over the violets there that lie
In myriad types of the human eye-
Over the lilies there that wave
And weep above a nameless grave!
They wave:- from out their fragrant tops
Eternal dews come down in drops.
They weep:- from off their delicate stems
Perennial tears descend in gems.
You can't judge a book by its cover.

The only thing that matters is the ending. It's the most important part of the story.

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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sat Oct 29, 2005 9:16 pm

Did anyone else see this as an anti-war poem?
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -
Wow! What a ride!

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Unread postby gilly » Sun Oct 30, 2005 9:32 pm

I did DITHOT..the mention of the lilies reminded me of the WW 1 song..''Roses of Picardy''..Not sure why,but the lilies/violets made me think of all the red poppies that came up on the WW 1 battlefields :cool:
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Oct 30, 2005 10:22 pm

gilly wrote:I did DITHOT..the mention of the lilies reminded me of the WW 1 song..''Roses of Picardy''..Not sure why,but the lilies/violets made me think of all the red poppies that came up on the WW 1 battlefields :cool:


I had forgotten about that song, gilly! Good call. :cool:
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -

Wow! What a ride!

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Unread postby Liz » Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:23 pm

"And weep above a nameless grave!
They wave:- from out their fragrant tops
Eternal dews come down in drops.
They weep:- from off their delicate stems
Perennial tears descend in gems."

Like I said on another thread, DITHOT, poetry is not my forte. But this would be the stanza that indicates to me that he was saddened by the death that war causes.
You can't judge a book by its cover.

The only thing that matters is the ending. It's the most important part of the story.


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