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Poem by Edgar Allan Poe


Silence


There are some qualitiessome incorporate things,
⁠    That have a double life, which thus is made
A type of that twin entity which springs
⁠    ⁠From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.
There is a two-fold Silencesea and shore
⁠⁠    Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places,
⁠⁠    Newly with grass o'ergrown; some solemn graces,
Some human memories and tearful lore,
Render him terrorless: his name's "No More."
He is the corporate Silence: dread him not!
⁠    ⁠No power hath he of evil in himself;
But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!)
⁠⁠    Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf,
That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod
No foot of man,) commend thyself to God!



Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe's other poems:
  1. An Acrostic
  2. Sancta Maria
  3. Elizabeth
  4. In Youth I have Known One
  5. The Divine Right of Kings


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Thomas Hood Silence ("There is a silence where hath been no sound")
  • Henry King, Bishop of Chichester Silence ("Peace my hearts blab, be ever dumb")
  • Eleanor Farjeon Silence ("Words and the body always have been much pain to me")
  • Helen Cone Silence ("Why should I sing of earth or heaven? not rather rest")
  • Edgar Masters Silence ("I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea")

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