View Full Version : Fairy-Land, Underrated early work or nonsence?

04-24-2007, 05:08 AM

Dim vales- and shadowy floods-
And cloudy-looking woods,
Whose forms we can't discover
For the tears that drip all over!
Huge moons there wax and wane-
Again- again- again-
Every moment of the night-
Forever changing places-
And they put out the star-light
With the breath from their pale faces.
About twelve by the moon-dial,
One more filmy than the rest
(A kind which, upon trial,
They have found to be the best)
Comes down- still down- and down,
With its centre on the crown
Of a mountain's eminence,
While its wide circumference
In easy drapery falls
Over hamlets, over halls,
Wherever they may be-
O'er the strange woods- o'er the sea-
Over spirits on the wing-
Over every drowsy thing-
And buries them up quite
In a labyrinth of light-
And then, how deep!- O, deep!
Is the passion of their sleep.
In the morning they arise,
And their moony covering
Is soaring in the skies,
With the tempests as they toss,
Like- almost anything-
Or a yellow Albatross.
They use that moon no more
For the same end as before-
Videlicet, a tent-
Which I think extravagant:
Its atomies, however,
Into a shower dissever,
Of which those butterflies
Of Earth, who seek the skies,
And so come down again,
(Never-contented things!)
Have brought a specimen
Upon their quivering wings.

This is my first post, so hello all!
i have been reading some of Poes lesser known works and have stumbled upon this little gem; I cannot find an discussion on the web about it so I thought this would be a good place to kick it off!
In my mind the poem is about the night and its effect on the surroundings, creating an unseen world of wonder. Fairyland however doesnt step into the automatic assumptions of 'night poetry'; I feel it is celebrating the dark rather than condemning it.
How do others feel about this poem, do you think I have missed the boat?
It would be cool to get some discussion going on this work anyway