What does ‘sesquicentennial’ mean?

The Tides of Change

Herewith is Beauty fashioned? Canst thou deem
Her evanescent roses bourgeon save
Within the sunlight tender on her grave?
Awake no winds but bear her dust, a gleam
In morning’s prophecy or sunset’s dream;
And every cry that ever Sirens gave
From islands mournful with the quiring wave
Was echo of a music once supreme.
All æons, conquests, excellencies, stars,
All pain and peril of seraphic wars,
Were met to shape thy soul’s divinity.
Pause, for the breath of gods is on thy face!
The ghost of dawns forgotten and to be
Abides a moment in the twilight’s grace.

George Sterling was born 150 years ago today.

1 thought on “What does ‘sesquicentennial’ mean?

  1. What does this poem mean? When we know a poet has killed himself, it lends a depth and a poignancy to everything s/he has written. I try to look beyond that to the words themselves. They carry a sense that beauty rises like a Phoenix from the ashes of loss. Perhaps much must die in order to create the æsthetic of a single point in time and space.

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