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.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Valley Of Unrest


  1. Tanya says:

    Even though I can barely tell what it means this poem rocks my world! It makes my soul soar and maes me feel me, the dark bitchy self I am. Who dosen’t like it? Well if you don’t then dont read it!

  2. David says:

    This poem is off the hook YO. It was like the fo shizzle to my nizzle baby!!!!

  3. Nicolau nakiawete Manuel says:

    The valley of Unrest is a very beautiful and psychological piercing poem. It does reveal the state of mind of the writer. Like, in the Raven,in the valley of Unrest Poe gives evidence of restlessness of his soul, probably affected by many social events of his time.In regard to romanticism in american literature,I believe Poe’s poems would be the most recommended ones for students of English Language and Literature.

  4. jenn says:

    i think-as in the city in the sea also-the valley of unrest is poes soul

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