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Poem Title:  Sonnet 2 (Sonnet II)

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: 
Her courts are by the flux of flaming ways,
Between the rivers and the illumined sky
Whose fervid depths reverberate from on high
Fierce lustres mingled in a fiery haze.
They mark it inland; blithe and fair of face
Her suitors follow, guessing by the glare
Beyond the hilltops in the evening air
How bright the cressets at her portals blaze.
On the pure fronts Defeat ere many a day
Falls like the soot and dirt on city-snow;
There hopes deferred lie sunk in piteous seams.
Her paths are disillusion and decay,
With ruins piled and unapparent woe,
The graves of Beauty and the wreck of dreams.


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