Edgar Allen Poe
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 sun-light 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.
The Valley of Unrest is a very emotionally graphic poem. It speaks about a land were there is so much death and decay, that all the flowers, and goodness in the world is dying out. It's a very gripping and descriptive poem that can be told like a story. That is part of the reason I like it so much. Also, Poe's choice of words are incredible and help the poem inflict an experience on the reader and I think this will captivate my classmates. At some points U don't fully understand what's going on, but because of the beautiful words Poe puts in this poem, it's still sounds great! Hopefully I can make it far in the W.W. Fenn
with this poem.