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Author: poem of Archibald MacLeish Type: poem Views: 31

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And here face down beneath the sun

And here upon earth's noonward height

To feel the always coming on

The always rising of the night

To feel creep up the curving east

The earthy chill of dusk and slow

Upon those under lands the vast

And ever climbing shadow grow

And strange at Ecbatan the trees

Take leaf by leaf the evening strange

The flooding dark about their knees

The mountains over Persia change

And now at Kermanshah the gate

Dark empty and the withered grass

And through the twilight now the late

Few travelers in the westward pass

And Baghdad darken and the bridge

Across the silent river gone

And through Arabia the edge

Of evening widen and steal on

And deepen on Palmyra's street

The wheel rut in the ruined stone

And Lebanon fade out and Crete

High through the clouds and overblown

And over Sicily the air

Still flashing with the landward gulls

And loom and slowly disappear

The sails above the shadowy hulls

And Spain go under the the shore

Of Africa the gilded sand

And evening vanish and no more

The low pale light across that land

Nor now the long light on the sea

And here face downward in the sun

To feel how swift how secretly

The shadow of the night comes on...


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Think "Carpe Diem," folks. This poem concerns itself with the passage of time and the encroaching dark--take "dark" as you will (age, death, corruption, the fall of civilizations, etc. etc.). These lines from Marvell's own "To His Coy Mistress" should help:
But at my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near.
It's also interesting to note that the cities move from east to west, as does the sun (and, arguably, technology and colonization, depending on your orientation and the window of world history you consider).
Mrs. M (English teacher in Utah)

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