Reference > Anthologies > Warner, et al., eds. > The Library > Verse
  PREVIOUSNEXT  

CONTENTS · GENERAL INDEX · QUICK INDEX · SONGS & LYRICS · BIOGRAPHIES
READER’S DIGEST · STUDENT’S COURSE · PORTRAITS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Sonnet
By Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)
 
WHAT is a sonnet? ’Tis the pearly shell
  That murmurs of the far-off murmuring sea;
  A precious jewel carved most curiously;
It is a little picture painted well.
What is a sonnet? ’Tis the tear that fell        5
  From a great poet’s hidden ecstasy;
  A two-edged sword, a star, a song—ah me!
Sometimes a heavy-tolling funeral bell.
  This was the flame that shook with Dante’s breath;
    The solemn organ whereon Milton played,        10
And the clear glass where Shakespeare’s shadow falls:
  A sea this is—beware who ventureth!
    For like a fiord the narrow floor is laid
Mid-ocean deep to the sheer mountain walls.
 
 
CONTENTS · GENERAL INDEX · SONGS & LYRICS · BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY
READER’S DIGEST · STUDENT’S COURSE · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.