The Haunted Palace

Another spooktaclular October has come and gone…farewell until 2010 when it will faithfully arrive again!

The Haunted Palace
by: Edgar Allen Poe

In the greenest of our valleys
By good angels tenanted,
Once a fair and stately palace–
Radiant palace–raised its head.
In the monarch Thought’s dominion
It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair!

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow
(This–all this–was in the olden
Time long ago),
And every gentle air that dallied
In that sweet day,
Upon the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odor went away.

Wanderers in that happy valley,
Through two luminous windows, saw
Spirits moving musically
To a lute’s well-timed law.
Round about a throne where, sitting,
In state his glory well befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen.

And all with pearl and ruby glowing
Was the fair palace-door,
Through which came, flowing, flowing, flowing,
And sparkling everymore,
A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty
Was but to sing
In voices of surpassing beauty
The wit and wisdom of their king.

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
Assailed the monarch’s high estate.
(Ah, let us mourn–for never morrow
Shall dawn upon him desolate!)
And round about his house of glory
That blushed and bloomed
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.

And travelers, now, within that valley
Through the red-litten windows see
Vast forms that move fantastically
To a discordant melody,
While, like a ghastly, rapid river,
Through the pale door
A hideous throng rush out forever
And laugh–but smile no more.



10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angel eyes
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 06:42:11

    i loved poe when i was young. my son does todayAngel eyes


  2. Beth
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 08:23:50

    I love Poe\’s stories!


  3. Terry
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 08:32:54

    Poe was definitely the Master.


  4. Sue
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 10:10:03

    Ooh, I haven\’t seen this poem since High School! Always loved this one and The Raven too! Great touch for Halloween!!!


    Nov 01, 2009 @ 21:51:30

    I loved Poe in English Lit. and detested Shakespeare.


  6. Happy
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 01:44:01

    Yowser can this guy write. Rhyme. Rhythym. Meter and the discription of decay overpowering beauty and harmony. Thanks for post Rhonda. Take care dear one.


  7. Rhonda
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 17:32:31

    Hey Chip; I\’m with you; I remember having to do the play McBeth in high school and hated it too; Shakesphere…uhgh!!!!!!


  8. Brett
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 19:20:06

    I have decided to leave Spaces,after being actively involved with this format for five years.Piggy,nor myself will not be by any longer.Have deleted all accounts pertaining to Piggy Playhouse,the associated email account,and webhosting accounts.Be advised that anyone who claims to be Piggy or myself is a fraud,as all associated accounts have been deleted.Peace.~ Brett ~


  9. Happy
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 22:10:32

    Hello, just popping in to wish you a splendid evening. Know how it can be so busy to keep up but such is the nature of life and living.To Brett. Wow. I so enjoyed all the Piggy Playhouse items viewed. As all accounts deleted I pay homage here to great graphics. Best to all new projects.


  10. Here I Am
    Nov 07, 2009 @ 10:27:44

    I also love Poe. Thanks for sharing his words so perfect for Halloween. Was awake at 3:30am this morning figured may as well hit spaces and visit who I can till time to fix breakfast. Let see it after 7am now and I have only gotten to 9 people so far. But since speading less time here I now realize I was spending way too much time and letting so many other things in my life go neglected. I use to be so effecient about getting everything done and suddenly was feeling so overwhelmed and anxious cause I wasn\’t getting stuff done. Well I am back to walking everyday now and my new motto is just keep moving……. Having trouble focusing on finishing one thing at a time so just keep moving knowing something is getting done at least. My attention wonders to much. But feeling better this past week after taking a break from here… Have a great Weekend…. Hugs Carrie


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