Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Elizabeth - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Elizabeth, it surely is most fit
[Logic and common usage so commanding]
In thy own book that first thy name be writ,
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Comments about Elizabeth by Edgar Allan Poe

  • David Christopher Lacey (4/17/2016 4:32:00 PM)


    A fantastic poem but not one of Poe's greatest works. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/17/2016 4:30:00 PM)


    Susan is correct that this poem is an acrostic. She mentions that the first letters of each line spell out the name Elizabeth. That is true, but if you keep reading, it also spells out the name Rebecca after that.
    However, then she says that the initials L.E.L. are in the third line. I don't see that. In fact, I can't find the letter L at all in the third line.
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    Susan Williams Susan Williams (4/19/2016 1:43:00 PM)

    Don't worry, neither can I. Which brings up a problem I am having and wonder if others are having it too. This site hop, skips, and jumps around like a frog on speed. If I am reading a poem, the screen flips and lands on another poem either next door or three blocks away. If I am writing a comment, the screen flips to another poem's comment box. Sometimes it takes me 5 minutes to get a meager comment posted. I have circumvented that problem by darting over to Facebook where I type my comment, copy it and bring it back to PoemHunter, hunt down the poem I wanted to comment on, and then paste the comment. On good days, this site either freezes up or slogs through the poems like they're deep heavy mud sucking us down to the hinter region. I have no idea where the letters L.E.L. are but after rereading this poem they sure aren't in this one. I apologize for the misinformation. Thanks for catching the error, Kim Barney

  • Susan Williams (4/17/2016 2:30:00 PM)


    This poem is an acrostic- the first letter of each line spells out the name Elizabeth. In the third line, there are the initials L.E.L. There was a English poetess who signed her poems L.E.L. named Leticia Elizabeth Landon. He supposedly [and hopefully] only wrote these to amuse women and not for literary reasons. (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (4/19/2016 1:50:00 PM)

    Sorry. There are no initials L.E.L. in this poem- apparently the computer or site hopped, skipped, jumped and landed me on another poem and I didn't notice. For more info, please read my reply to Kim Barney above. If you experience technical difficulties like this, please let me know. I have no idea if it's bugs in my computer, a faulty internet connection, or if PoemHunter needs to check out its site.

  • (4/17/2016 9:38:00 AM)


    What a great basic truth for all poets or writers of any kind is revealed in his last line:
    Always write first things uppermost in the heart.
    Write what you know. Great advice for all.
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  • Moira Cameron (4/17/2016 8:59:00 AM)


    It sounds as though Poe is being satirical in this poem; like he is making fun of himself as a poet. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/17/2016 12:52:00 AM)


    My innate love! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Arvizu (10/19/2014 10:36:00 PM)


    Elizabeth is uppermost in his heart (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Guitang (4/24/2014 11:12:00 PM)


    a faithful poem on his beloved. I love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (2/2/2014 12:10:00 AM)


    ..........a beautiful tribute for Elizabeth Rebecca, with a beautiful meaning... (Report) Reply

  • 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 (Report) Reply

  • (5/6/2010 10:17:00 AM)


    The first letter of each line spells out her name. (Report) Reply

  • (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. (Report) Reply

  • (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 (Report) Reply



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