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Poe Poem #5 - In the Greenest of the Valleys

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:44 am
by Liz
In the Greenest of the Valleys

I.
In the greenest of our valleys,
By good angels tenanted,
Once fair and stately palace --
Radiant palace --reared its head.
In the monarch Thought's dominion --
It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair.

II.
Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow;
(This --all this --was in the olden
Time long ago)
And every gentle air that dallied,
In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odour went away.

III.
Wanderers in that happy valley
Through two luminous windows saw
Spirits moving musically
To a lute's well-tuned law,
Round about a throne, where sitting
(Porphyrogene!)
In state his glory well befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen.

IV.
And all with pearl and ruby glowing
Was the fair palace door,
Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing
And sparkling evermore,
A troop of Echoes whose sweet duty
Was but to sing,
In voices of surpassing beauty,
The wit and wisdom of their king.

V.
But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
Assailed the monarch's high estate;
(Ah, let us mourn, for never morrow
Shall dawn upon him, desolate!)
And, round about his home, the glory
That blushed and bloomed
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.

VI.
And travellers now within that valley,
Through the red-litten windows, see
Vast forms that move fantastically
To a discordant melody;
While, like a rapid ghastly river,
Through the pale door,
A hideous throng rush out forever,
And laugh --but smile no more.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 4:07 pm
by Bix
Is this a test to see if we're reading the poems, Liz? Isn't this the same one as in Tidbit #3, except with a different title and Roman numerals? :-?

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 5:04 pm
by Liz
Bix wrote:Is this a test to see if we're reading the poems, Liz? Isn't this the same one as in Tidbit #3, except with a different title and Roman numerals? :-?


:biglaugh:

I was wondering who would be the first to catch that. :grin: I was obviously attracted to the words in this one. :lol: Seriously, it's an example of my fading memory that I didn't catch that. For me, his poetry sounds so much the same that it all just kind of runs together--a little like the two stories. Luckily, though, I can say that it was the site I got them from that printed them as such--under two different names. Now I'm really curious if he used two different names for them or if the site made a mistake. Maybe he was trying to make his readers go insane. :hypnotic: :mort3: Here is the site BTW. :freaked:

http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/poe/poe_ind.html


This makes me wonder what I'll do next before this discussion is over.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:27 pm
by fansmom
I had read all the way down to (Porphyrogene!) before it dawned on me that it was not just similar, but identical. :blush: