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Edgar Allan Poe - Dreamland

By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have reached these lands but newly
From an ultimate dim Thule-
From a wild clime that lieth, sublime,
Out of SPACE- out of TIME.

Bottomless vales and boundless floods,
And chasms, and caves, and Titan woods,
With forms that no man can discover
For the tears that drip all over;
Mountains toppling evermore
Into seas without a shore;
Seas that restlessly aspire,
Surging, unto skies of fire;
Lakes that endlessly outspread
Their lone waters- lone and dead,-
Their still waters- still and chilly
With the snows of the lolling lily.

By the lakes that thus outspread
Their lone waters, lone and dead,-
Their sad waters, sad and chilly
With the snows of the lolling lily,-
By the mountains- near the river
Murmuring lowly, murmuring ever,-
By the grey woods,- by the swamp
Where the toad and the newt encamp-
By the dismal tarns and pools
Where dwell the Ghouls,-
By each spot the most unholy-
In each nook most melancholy-
There the traveller meets aghast
Sheeted Memories of the Past-
Shrouded forms that start and sigh
As they pass the wanderer by-
White-robed forms of friends long given,
In agony, to the Earth- and Heaven.

For the heart whose woes are legion
'Tis a peaceful, soothing region-
For the spirit that walks in shadow
'Tis- oh, 'tis an Eldorado!
But the traveller, travelling through it,
May not- dare not openly view it!
Never its mysteries are exposed
To the weak human eye unclosed;
So wills its King, who hath forbid
The uplifting of the fringed lid;
And thus the sad Soul that here passes
Beholds it but through darkened glasses.

By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have wandered home but newly
From this ultimate dim Thule. 

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: Dreamland
Poem of the Day: Oct 18 2011

Comment 7 of 7, added on December 26th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
Guenstig Uebernachten

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Guenstig Uebernachten
Comment 6 of 7, added on January 22nd, 2008 at 5:05 PM.

The GHOULs sit right in the middle of the poem, with a short (3 syllable equivalent) pause afterwards, perhaps to strengthen dramatic effect (they are corpse-eating, scary undead monsters after all), acting as a climax & turning point (note the symmetric design of the lines & stanzas).
Learn german & start reading Arno Schmidt if you want to know more about E.A.Poe. Seems like americans need Germans to explain the greatest writer their country ever produced to them, hark, hark.
Mir Freundlichen Grüßen!

Harken!Mortal from Iraq
Comment 5 of 7, added on August 28th, 2007 at 5:02 AM.

The entire poem has rithms I can quite fiugre out, only this line;
- By the dismal tarns and pools
- Where dwell the Ghouls,-

How does fit "Where dwell the Ghouls,-" in the rest of the poem? It's so short and stops so abruptly... The only thing I can't quite get figured out :/

Gerben from Netherlands

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