Birthday of Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.

An Autumn Sunset
By Edith Wharton


Leaguered in fire

The wild black promontories of the coast extend

Their savage silhouettes;

The sun in universal carnage sets,

And, halting higher,

The motionless storm-clouds mass their sullen threats,

Like an advancing mob in sword-points penned,

That, balked, yet stands at bay.

Mid-zenith hangs the fascinated day

In wind-lustrated hollows crystalline,

A wan Valkyrie whose wide pinions shine

Across the ensanguined ruins of the fray,

And in her hand swings high o’erhead,

Above the waster of war,

The silver torch-light of the evening star

Wherewith to search the faces of the dead.

autumn sunset
An Autumn Sunset, a painting by yours truly, Mona Curtis.


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