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(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth, it surely is most fit
[Logic and common usage so commanding]
In thy own book that first thy name be writ,
Zeno and other sages notwithstanding;
And I have other reasons for so doing
Besides my innate love of contradiction;
Each poet - if a poet - in pursuing
The muses thro' their bowers of Truth or Fiction,
Has studied very little of his part,
Read nothing, written less - in short's a fool
Endued with neither soul, nor sense, nor art,
Being ignorant of one important rule,
Employed in even the theses of the school-
Called - I forget the heathenish Greek name
[Called anything, its meaning is the same]
"Always write first things uppermost in the heart."

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • * Sunprincess * (2/2/2014 12:10:00 AM)

    ..........a beautiful tribute for Elizabeth Rebecca, with a beautiful meaning...

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  • Thoughts Of A Poet (9/27/2012 2:20:00 PM)

    that poem is good ilove his work it's very scary and haunting and that's what i love about this man poe

  • Abby Despreaux (5/6/2010 10:17:00 AM)

    The first letter of each line spells out her name.

  • Joelstine Gonzaga (12/27/2007 9:42:00 PM)

    I don't know why poeple use his poems for school work.I dont even copy someones work and use it as mine.I write my own.

  • New York Junkie (5/2/2006 1:42:00 PM)

    I like New Poems cause i get them i don't this one but it got me an A in English class lol

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