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House of the Tragic Poet

Two thousand years, a tragedy is past
Yet it's history still leaves us aghast.

On a night, dreadfully dark
A  volcano erupted, leaving it's historical mark

Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD
The first recorded in all of history

The entire city of Pompeii
Defiled and buried that fateful day

On written account of a man named Pliny
can we view this volcano's ignominy

A city in which artist and poets did reside
Everything was not  lost, the day all died

In centuries after, excavation has commenced
The city of Pompeii, antiquities recovered since

The House of the Tragic Poet, one of many unearthed
I will tell you about, from it's peristyle to hearth

Elaborate mosaic floors, frescoes on the wall
An inscription in Latin, from a dog guarding the hall.

The atrium filled with with Mythic Greek nudes
From the peristyle Achilles to be sacrificed exudes

Art along the east wall are of Achilles and Briseis 
and the tragedy of Helen and Paris, all cherished

About the entire house, a living poem depicted
Along with words, owner, an artist addicted.

Two thousand years ago, this home was owned
Loved and nourished by a Popeiian unknown.

The House of the Tragic Poet
If you saw, you would know it.

A. Green

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  1. Date: 6/13/2010 4:48:00 PM
    YOu very well summed up your impression of this poet in your final couplet, Amy. THis was a very nice portrayal of an ancient city. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/11/2010 8:12:00 AM
    This was fascinating, I wanted it to go on and on... I am also interested in ancient history... and antiquities. well done... love

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 8:53:00 PM
    Very well written Amy. Owner artist addicted.-- Charles

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 8:03:00 PM
    I loved this poem! I love everything on Roman and Greek history! Wonderfully Enlightening Poem!~Tirzah~

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 6:11:00 PM
    Wow! Brilliant, Amy. You brought quite a bit of history to life in this poem. Like you, this is a place I'd love to visit. Goes to my favorites. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 6:02:00 PM
    Interesting and valuable lesson at the same time Amy.. enjoyed your lines and skill on the subject .. and well written holding reader interest as well.. enjoyed.. luv your wonderful title.. with luv.. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 5:24:00 PM
    No, I WOULD LOVE to visit Pompeii... however, a bit over my budget. And yes, all this is true. Almost the entire OLD city of Pompeii has been excavated, including The House of the Tragic Poet.

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 5:16:00 PM
    Quite a history since 79 AD nicely penned. I seems you have visited this house of the Tragic poet or the poet who wrote tragedies.

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 5:15:00 PM
    Well done like the struture also. True story?