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Poem Title:  Sonnet 1

Poem Category:  Sonnets

Poet:  Alan Seeger

Poet Biography: 
Alan Seeger (1888-1916) was born in New York to parents from old New England families. In 1912 he moved to Paris and just after the outbreak of the World War One, he enlisted in the French Foreign Legion. He served in the trenches on the western front. During the Battle of the Somme he was severely wounded when advancing on the German lines. He died shortly afterwards and was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Medaille Militaire.



Poem: 
Down the strait vistas where a city street
Fades in pale dust and vaporous distances,
Stained with far fumes the light grows less and less
And the sky reddens round the day's retreat.
Now out of orient chambers, cool and sweet,
Like Nature's pure lustration, Dusk comes down.
Now the lamps brighten and the quickening town
Rings with the trample of returning feet.
And Pleasure, risen from her own warm mould
Sunk all the drowsy and unloved daylight
In layers of odorous softness, Paphian girls
Cover with gauze, with satin, and with pearls,
Crown, and about her spangly vestments fold
The ermine of the empire of the Night.


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