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Alan Seeger - At the Tomb of Napoleon

I stood beside his sepulchre whose fame, 
Hurled over Europe once on bolt and blast, 
Now glows far off as storm-clouds overpast 
Glow in the sunset flushed with glorious flame. 
Has Nature marred his mould? Can Art acclaim 
No hero now, no man with whom men side 
As with their hearts' high needs personified? 
There are will say, One such our lips could name; 
Columbia gave him birth. Him Genius most 
Gifted to rule. Against the world's great man 
Lift their low calumny and sneering cries 
The Pharisaic multitude, the host 
Of piddling slanderers whose little eyes 
Know not what greatness is and never can. 

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Poet: Alan Seeger
Poem: At the Tomb of Napoleon
Poem of the Day: Jun 30 2009

Comment 2 of 2, added on June 30th, 2009 at 8:33 AM.

I think this is an Italian sonnet written by a talented young man who was to die in battle fighting for the Allies before the US officially joined the war, as he was living in Paris at the time; he'd been the roommate of T.S. Eliot back at college in the states. Interestingly, he is the uncle of the great American folk singer Pete Seeger.

Comment 1 of 2, added on November 28th, 2005 at 10:30 AM.

this poem tells a very crucial tale to the man who almost ruled it all.

Sir Hedrik from Spain

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