Edgar Allan Poe – Five Poems

January 19, 2018



TODAY (Jan. 19) marks the birthday of American writer Edgar Allan Poe (b. 1809).

We celebrate the occasion with five of our favorite poems by him…


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An Enigma
Edgar Allan Poe

“Seldom we find,” says Solomon Don Dunce,
“Half an idea in the profoundest sonnet.
Through all the flimsy things we see at once
As easily as through a Naples bonnet–
Trash of all trash!–how _can_ a lady don it?
Yet heavier far than your Petrarchan stuff–
Owl-downy nonsense that the faintest puff
Twirls into trunk-paper the while you con it.”
And, veritably, Sol is right enough.
The general tuckermanities are arrant
Bubbles–ephemeral and _so_ transparent–
But _this is_, now–you may depend upon it–
Stable, opaque, immortal–all by dint
Of the dear names that lie concealed within’t.

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