Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.
It was a dark and stormy night…
Clichés rained down from parchment skies
Paul Clifford, what have you left us with?
Torrential rains falling in torrents
Intervals of length and gust
But who measures that which is vast and damaging
Shall it be deemed revolutionary?
Such a transfer of power from sky to ground
And does time possess calculated wisdom
Perhaps Zanoni, who lives on, without the handcuffs of time
Imparting some tale from another era
When melodrama etched its imprint
At volcanic Pompeii or among the Caxton’s
And how the killing of a nun on the convent altar
Sends not the correct message to support
The Mighty Pen's triumph 'ore the Sword
So shall we turn to look at the gathered masses
For the contrast between our audience
Baron's down to the last man,
Faithful and of high upbringing,
Yet struggling amongst themselves
Still they tower above the Great Unwashed
But also in that stormy darkness
The loud breathless earth carries on
As scanty flames struggle
Their lamps under assault from fierce agitation
While the Children of the Night take shelter
Their crowded city housetops rattling
Almost Londonesque, but not that of Jack
His fame will soon appear…
But indeed, here in the metropolis
And as the storms conclude
Talent shall do what it can
And genius what it must...
Who is Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton (May 25th,1803 - January 18th, 1873) was a highly successful English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. His bestselling works were numerous and include, "The Coming Race," "Paul Clifford," The Last of the Barons," and "Money." Baron Bulwer is known for coining many different iconic phrases in his published works, with "It was a Dark and Stormy Night" being the most memorable and "the Pen is Mightier than the Sword," a close second.
© 2017 Ralph Schwartz
Ralph Schwartz (author) from Idaho Falls, Idaho on November 10, 2017:
He's actually not a poet Gypsy - he was a Victorian-Era Novelist, but his works contain many famous phrases (which I tried to fit into the poem I composed as a sort of tribute to the man and his way with words)
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 10, 2017:
Wonderful poetry. Never heard of this English poet will look him up . Thanks for sharing.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on November 09, 2017:
That's a lovely piece of poetry. I've never heard of Edward Bulwer-Lytton before, so shall research him.
manatita44 from london on November 08, 2017:
Well read, I suppose. Your poetry is as deep as your prose. Excellent work.