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A vision as of crowded city streets,     With human life in endless overflow;     Thunder of thoroughfares; trumpets that blow     To battle; clamor, in obscure retreats,   Of sailors landed from their anchored fleets;     Tolling of bells in turrets, and below     Voices of children, and bright flowers that throw     O'er garden-walls their intermingled sweets!   This vision comes to me when I unfold     The volume of the Poet paramount,     Whom all the Muses loved, not one alone; —    Into his hands they put the lyre of gold,     And, crowned with sacred laurel at their fount,     Placed him as Musagetes on their throne.

Composition Date:1873.

The lyrical form of this poem is abbaabbacdecde.14.

Musagetes: leader of the muses, e.g.,



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The …

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