Edgar Allan Poe

"Sonnet - Silence"

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"Sonnet - 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!

Poem Explication

In the poem "Sonnet - Silence" by Edgar Allan Poe, he says in the first line, "There are some qualities - some incorporate things, that have a double life," which means that we all have traits about us that we hide from others. The poet is saying that we all have two sides. Next, Poe says, "A type of that twin entity which springs from matter and light, evinced in solid and shade." When he writes, "from matter and light," he is talking about the side that we let others see. It's happy and smiling, but then Poe talks about how the good side is "evinced in solid and shade," which means that our bad side that is sad and emotional sometimes restricts us from living in our good side and being happy. When the poet says, "There is a two-fold Silence - sea and shore - body and soul," he means that there are two opposite parts to everyone but they still work together. There can't be a shore without a sea and the soul can't be expressed without a body. Next, Poe writes, "One dwells in lonely places, newly with grass o'ergrown" In this line, he is saying that we only show our true emotions when we're alone because we are afraid that others will judge us. When he says, "newly with grass o'ergrown," he also means that sometimes our feelings "pile up" and eventually we will break and let all our emotions out at one time. In the next line, he says, "Render him terrorless, his name's 'No More.'"which means we should overcome our sad emotional side.


"He is the corporate Silence; dread him not!" Poe means that we should silence our emotions but they should still be a part of us. Next, Poe writes, "But should some urgent fate...bring thee to meet his shadow...commend thyself to God!" This means that we should stop changing ourselves and find our true selves before our life is over.



In conclusion, this poem is about how we change in front of others and hide our emotions. Poe says that we should be our true selves and find who we really are.

Poet Research

The poem "Sonnet - Silence" written by Edgar Allan Poe connects to his life in a few ways. Poe's life was full of bad things. By the age of three both his parents died, his fiance became engaged to another man while he was away, and his wife died of tuberculosis.


When Poe says, "Some human memories and tearful lore," it relates to all the negative and sad things in his life such as the separation of his parents. Poe write, "No power hath he of evil in himself; But should some urgent fate... Bring thee to meet his shadow." In this line he could be talking about how death took his wife away from him. In the beginning of the poem, he says, "A type of twin entity which springs from matter and light, evinced in solid and shade," which refers to how he was a bright person but the events in his life changed him to become sad.


In conclusion, Poe's life restricted him from being happy from all the bad events in his life although there were still some positive things that happened.

The Sky

the sky is emotional

at one moment

its bright and happy

like a sunflower then

the next it is a lonely alley way

dark and cold

the sky has sunsets

and sunrises,

storms and

rainbow