Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

An Enigma - Poem by 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
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Comments about An Enigma by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Kevin Straw Kevin Straw (10/26/2009 6:38:00 AM)

    This poem needs about a dozen footnotes to be comprehensible. It sounds clever, and is well-written, but do I want to pursue its meaning further? No! (Report) Reply

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  • Ramesh T A Ramesh T A (10/26/2009 1:46:00 AM)

    Yes, truly Poe says the present trend in poetry writing in the past itself! Only trash, trivial and nonsense are taking a large portion of poetry making it impossible to say even an half profound idea ever! Indeed it is an enigma now! (Report) Reply

  • Almedia Knight-Oliver (9/27/2009 11:45:00 AM)

    I love to read Poe's work but, this poem is ity's title: 'An Enigma'in that its inexplicable. 'Seldom we find, ' says Solomon Don Dunce, ' Half an ides in the profondest sonnet says it all... I'll just leave it as that. (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/26/2008 12:15:00 AM)

    Poe was a Master of cryptic-code.....undelying messages, tale-telling, a many poetic heart....Acrostical diagramming names, places, incuding his own home address, in Boston, Mass, is one of many facets that define E.A. Poe, as arguably the most talented literary mind, of anytime.

    fjr (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Ong (5/22/2008 5:12:00 AM)

    SOS! Will someone please paraphrase simply what this poem is all about? I really love poetry for its loftiness but it is hard to fully understand most poems, especially famous ones. (Report) Reply

  • Marie S. (10/30/2006 9:40:00 AM)

    Actually, it spells Sarah Anna Lewis, who was a friend of his. (Report) Reply

  • Alyssa Elaine (10/26/2006 7:57:00 AM)

    That is really beautiful. Poe was an amazing writer.
    -Alyssa (Report) Reply

  • Akara K. (8/27/2006 5:56:00 PM)

    Celine, if you hate reading poems, then why are you even a member of this site? No offense. :)
    That's really interesting, how he spelled the name out... (Report) Reply

  • Bill Mckenney (12/13/2004 10:34:00 PM)

    Take the first letter of the first line=S
    Second letter, second line=A
    Third letter, third line=R
    And so on, and it spells the name Sara Hanna Lewis (Report) Reply

    Frank Avon (10/26/2014 2:51:00 AM)

    My apologies, Mr. McKenney. I had not seen your comment when I took such great efforts to decode the name of the dedicatee. If I had seen your explanation, it would have save me a lot of time!

  • celine charcoal (11/24/2004 7:40:00 PM)

    i hate reading poems(or maybe poe poems?) sorry edgar.. (Report) Reply










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