The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
by Edgar Allan Poe
- Year Published: 1903
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Poe, E.A. (1903). The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven Edition, Volume 5. New York: P. F. Collier and Son.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 8.0
- Word Count: 122
- Genre: Poetry
- Keywords: loneliness
- ✎ Cite This
Poe, E. (1903). Silence. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved May 30, 2023, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5331/silence/
Poe, Edgar Allan. "Silence." The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Lit2Go Edition. 1903. Web. <https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5331/silence/>. May 30, 2023.
Edgar Allan Poe, "Silence," The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Lit2Go Edition, (1903), accessed May 30, 2023, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5331/silence/.
There are some qualities–some incorporate things,
That have a double life, which thus is made
A type of that twin entity which springs
From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.
There is a two-fold Silence–sea and shore-
Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places,
Newly with grass o'ergrown; some solemn graces,
Some human memories and tearful lore,
Render him terrorless: his name's "No More."
He is the corporate Silence: dread him not!
No power hath he of evil in himself;
But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!)
Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf,
That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod
No foot of man,) commend thyself to God!