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Evening Star by Edgar Allan Poe


"Evening Star" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. This lyric was first published within Poe's collection called Tamerlane and Other Poems in 1827. In this poem, the narrator looks twoards the sky and sees coldness, except one "Proud Evening Star" which has a "distant fire" which the other stars lack. The lyric poem was influenced by Thomas Moore's "While Gazing on the Moon's Light".

This poem was written as one stanza. The rhyme scheme is ABCBDEFEGGHIIFJJBKKB.


Evening Star

'Twas noontide of summer,
  And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
  Shone pale, thro' the light
Of the brighter, cold moon,
  'Mid planets her slaves,
Herself in the Heavens,
  Her beam on the waves.
   I gazed awhile
   On her cold smile;
Too cold- too cold for me-
  There pass'd, as a shroud,
  A fleecy cloud,
And I turned away to thee,
  Proud Evening Star,
  In thy glory afar,
And dearer thy beam shall be;
  For joy to my heart
  Is the proud part
Thou bearest in Heaven at night,
  And more I admire
  Thy distant fire,
Than that colder, lowly light.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century

Lyric, Sky, Religion, Stars, Evening