The Haunted Palace Project by jed gould

The Poem

In the greenest of our valleys

By good angels tenanted,

Once a fair and stately palace—

Radiant palace—reared its head.

In the monarch Thought’s dominion,

It stood there!

Never seraph spread a pinion

Over fabric half so fair!

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,

On its roof did float and flow

(This—all this—was in the olden

Time long ago)

And every gentle air that dallied,

In that sweet day,

Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,

A wingèd odor went away.

Wanderers in that happy valley,

Through two luminous windows, saw

Spirits moving musically

To a lute’s well-tunèd law,

Round about a throne where, sitting,


In state his glory well befitting,

The ruler of the realm was seen.

And all with pearl and ruby glowing

Was the fair palace door,

Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing

And sparkling evermore,

A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty

Was but to sing,

In voices of surpassing beauty,

The wit and wisdom of their king.

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,

Assailed the monarch’s high estate;

(Ah, let us mourn!—for never morrow

Shall dawn upon him, desolate!)

And round about his home the glory

That blushed and bloomed

Is but a dim-remembered story

Of the old time entombed.

And travellers, now, within that valley,

Through the red-litten windows see

Vast forms that move fantastically

To a discordant melody;

While, like a ghastly rapid river,

Through the pale door

A hideous throng rush out forever,

And laugh—but smile no more.


  • Edgar Allen Poe has always been known for his dark imagination and good way with words, both of these things are shown in The Haunted Palace.
  • The poem was published in the April 1839 issue of the Baltimore Museum.
  • The poem is about a king from a long time ago who is afraid of the evil forces that threaten him and his Palace.
  • The beginning of the poem conpares the Palace to a human head as shown: "the windows are eyes, its door representing a mouth"

Why I think others should read this

I think others would like this poem because it shows both his famous dark imagination, and his way with words. In the poem Poe is comparing a beautiful Palace to the human head it shows how the two are similar and can both become broken and not work as well as it used to when they giet older. I just thought it was a really interesting poem and would recommend it to any fan of Poe's..

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